Dims: 0.7 x 0.6 x 0.4" (1.7 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm)
Wt: 3 g
Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado, U.S.A.
Three rhombohedral Rhodochrosite crystals comprise the bulk of this small hand specimen. At first glance, the three crystals appear to intersect, but close examination reveals that the largest (by length) of the crystals is held to the others by several of the tiny quartz cystals that make up the remainder of this specimen. The dozen or more quartz crystals clearly formed first, and some are doubly terminated, a few are more than 10 mm in length, but none are as much as 1 mm in thickness. All three rhodochrosite crystals are in excellent condition, showing very little damage, if any, and two of them (the smaller ones) have excellent rhombohedral form. The largest crystal shows an appealing stepped pattern of its faces, and is the prettiest of the three, in my opinion. Their pink color is slightly paler than the best specimens from the Sweet Home Mine, but they do have the standard pearly-to-vitreous luster and are transparent and moderately clear.