Dims: 1.1" x 0.9" x 0.5" (2.8 x 2.3 x 1.3 cm)
Wt: 21.3 g
Blueberry Pocket, GPR Drift, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado, U.S.A.
A single rhombohedral Rhodochrosite crystal constitutes this thumbnail specimen. Though upon first glance it appears to be heavily cleaved, it has not been damaged since it has been mined; all of its faces have a dull luster, which does not denote fresh cleavage surfaces. Its form is slightly irregular, due to probable cleavage prior to its mining, but it still has several well-defined edges and clean faces that possess a rather dull, waxy luster. It has the classic, deep pink-red coloration that is a hallmark of Rhodochrosite and shows a very dim transparence in several areas, so that one can see the substantial internal fracturing that runs along the crystal's cleavage planes. There is no host rock present.