Dims: 1.9" x 1.0" x 0.9" (4.8 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm)
Wt: 27.7 g
Chacqua Mine, Lima, Peru
About 6 crystals are closely gathered on a small area of this thumbnail specimen. Their size ranges from 3-4 mm to over 1/2"(1.3 cm) in width. There are actually two different crystal habits in this small area; the smaller crystals have rhombohedral form, whereas the larger ones tend to form rounded tabular platelets, that if complete would resemble calcite's "nail-head" platelets. All of these crystals have the standard rosy-pink coloration for Rhodochrosite and a vitreous to pearly luster. They are translucent with definite transparence in some spots, and a small amount of noticeable damage that is confined to edges of the larger crystals. These rest on a bed of what is likely compact manganese oxides and some metallic sulfides. It is a lovely little specimen for someone with a small place to put it.