An incredible Swedish Rhodonite with excellent color, sharp crystals and fine pedigree. Ex University of Chicago collection with original label noting this was a donation by George English, likely well over 100 years ago. Several crystal lined vugs are on the matrix, the largest being 5.5 CM across. Some broken crystals are noted but not very evident without magnification, overall the condition is quite good especially given the age of this piece. From a small but noted old Iron mine, there are some tiny orange garnet crystals (likely Grossular), Diopside and an unidentified black mineral in the mix. We have not seen another with such good esthetics and the color is a rich red and not the typical pink.
A complete 2.9 CM crystal of Rhodonite is perched above a smaller 2.3 CM crystal resting on Calcite matrix. Nicely exposed, the Calcite has not been acid "melted" so this is fully natural. An affordable classic specimen with good color, form and in nice condition, these are getting quite
Rhodonite- Single crystal
3.3 x 2.6 x .6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
pre Tucson 2015 update
A translucent bright red single crystal of Rhodonite that is complete and distinctive. There are a few tiny unidentified yellow crystals on one face, otherwise this is all Rhodonite. This area had a major discovery a few years ago that produced some of the worlds best Rhodonites that sold for huge sums. This specimen is not that good or anything close to that expensive. An extremely flattened Rhomb, there is some minor edge chipping is seen in the photos but still displays well.
A well composed, classic Rhodonite specimen from the great Franklin New Jersey that has fine form and color. This cluster has some well terminated crystals up to 3.3 cm long and is above average. Collected over 50 years ago, this has the classic form of blocky, red-pink, somewhat crude crystals with minor calcite associated. At one time these were found in any good USA collection, but they are now quite scarce in any quality.
Rhodonite (gemmy crystals) on Galena
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales,
3.1 x 2 x 1.9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A single, brilliant dark red gemmy Rhodonite crystal is exposed in a mass of silvery Galena. The Rhodonite is 2.3 CM across, and has very bright luster. Typical crude but complete edges are undamaged. This is the classic form for Broken hill Rhodonite,but the gemmyness, size and deep color are far better than average.
An intense red crystal 3 CM across sits on a matrix of Galena. Well exposed, typically rounded and crude but with distinct form with many areas of transparency. The front side displays well with no noticeable damage, there is cleaving on the backside that is not visible. The galena forms some selective coatings and inclusions as is usual for the locality, this adds a nice contrast. Better in person, a good example from this classic locale, likely mined over 60 years ago. Now quite rare or expensive on the market.
A cluster of five main Rhodonite crystals up to 3.3 CM in size are arranged in an attractive cluster. This is an American classic that has become quite scarce on the market in recent years. The condition is excellent and like most of these had some acid etching to expose the Rhodonite well. The color is well above average and this piece is very 3 dimensional.
Ex Fred Pough and G. Elling collections. A big, complete, dark red crystal in pristine condition. Translucent with gemmy areas, the Rhomb has the classic association of bright silvery galena on all faces. A classic locale, the best of Broken Hill Rhodonite was unrivaled until the more recent finds in Peru. This is far better than average and with simply super esthetics. These are rarely found on the market today in sizes larger than thumbnails, this is exceptional.