Dims: 3.1 x 2.0 x 1.8" (8.0 x 5.1 x 4.7 cm)
Wt: 9.1 oz. (259 g)
Chacqua Mine, Ancash Department, Peru
At least 20 very small Rhodochrosite crystals rest on one end of the base of this hand specimen. These crystals do not exceed 0.3" (8 mm) in length or 0.1" (3 mm) in diameter and are in fair condition, as many are damaged. Where intact, they show excellent trigonal "dogtooth" form and a deep, rose-red coloration. All are transparent and impressively clear. They rest on a thin bed of what I think is botryoidal manganese oxide that rests on the base.