Dims: 5.3 x 3.6 x 2.7" (13.5 x 9.1 x 6.9 cm)
Wt: 1 lb., 7.1 oz. (653 g)
Raura Mine, Peru
Countless clusters of tiny Rhodochrosite crystals are intergrown to form this cabinet specimen. Though there is much visible damage on this piece, most of it appears to have occurred before it was mined. Most of the clusters appear to actually be made of calcite, having a dull brown coloration or no color at all, but several are pale pink. Each cluster is made up of scores of tiny, heavily-intergrown crystals that appear to have good trigonal prismatic form and a pearly luster that gives the rock a dull sparkle. They are translucent and sometimes partly covered by small, dull, white nodules. Many small pyrite cubes are partly embedded in the Rhodochrosite/calcite matrix, but most of these are broken and incomplete.