Dims: 1.0 x 0.8 x 0.6" (2.5 x 2.0 x 1.5 cm)
Wt: 11.2 g w/ base
Mount Saint Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Though the Rhodochrosite on this specimen is of very low quality, the fact that it comes from Canada makes it a rather unusual specimen. It consists of at least 12 small rhombohedral crystals that do not exceed 0.4" (1.0 cm) along any axis. There is not much damage visible on the piece, but the crystals are so heavily intergrown that some of them are badly warped. Even so, most of them still have well-defined edges and clean faces. Their color is a pale reddish-brown, their luster is pearly, and all are essentially opaque even in sunlight. A small portion of a white prismatic crystal accompanies the Rhodochrosite- I do not think that it is calcite, because the crystal form is wrong, and it does not effervesce in concentrated hydrochloric acid. There is no host rock present, and the specimen is hot-glued onto a square, flat acrylic base.