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page 14 of my online mineral museum: rhodochrosite crystals of the world

2010-12-27 - 6:03 p.m.

all photos © 2010 by elaine radford
rhodochrosite cluster, n'chwanning, south africa

My first Rhodochrosite page featured the carving material (and a cute carving) from Argentina. How about a few Rhodochrosite crystals to spark your imagination?

The photo at the top of this page is an exquisite cluster that looks like sparkling red sugar. It was a gem show "splurge." As proof that good things come in small packages, please note that the entire cluster is about as big around as a U.S. quarter:

I don't know the source of this second pink cluster of Rhodochrosite crystals in matrix. Well, I don't know where it was mined. We used to swap items with a New Age rock shop owner in the area, and he really had no clue about the physical/rockhounding side of the business other than how to find/dig/clean Arkansas Quartz. He might or might not know the name of a stone but if he didn't mine it himself, he wasn't going to remember where it came from. Could be Colorado, could be Peru...could be...who knows?

Rhodochrosite was popular in the New Age as a "love" stone, but I tried to keep well away from "love spells" so I can't tell you any wild 'n' crazy stories about working with it on that level. I guess I'm shallow; I want it for its beauty!

Finally, who could resist these two cute pink individual crystals from Colorado?

They pack a punch for their size; in the second photo, I've added the quarter for comparison.

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