Dims: 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.3" (1.5 x 1.5 x 0.8 cm)
Wt: 13.5 g w/ base
Sweet Home Mine, Alma District, Park County, Colorado, U.S.A.
Though not the best quality Rhodochrosite specimen that I have seen, I certainly think that this piece is the most unique. It consists of a single, flat rhombohedral crystal that shows light to moderate damage along a few of its edges. It has excellent form, otherwise, with sharp edges and clean faces that possess the standard pearly luster. Its rosy-pink color is slightly pale, and the crystal is transparent with dim to moderate clarity due to the presence of internal fractures and the odd cloudy inclusion. What sets it apart from all others that I have seen is the obvious presence of a violet fluorite crystal that is directly attached to it. The fluorite is odd in and of itself, as it has a dodecahedral form- I have never seen a natural dodecahedral fluorite before this. It would seem that it initially formed a violet cube which was then overgrown by colorless, transparent material that took on the dodecahedral form. There is no host rock present, and the specimen is hot-glued onto an acrylic base.