Dims: 3.2 x 2.7 x 2.0" (8.1 x 6.9 x 5.1 cm)
Wt: 12.4 oz. (352.0 g)
Broken Hill Mine, New South Wales, Australia
Many triclinic prismatic Rhodonite crystals are partly embedded in the calcite matrix of this specimen. These crystals achieve lengths of up to 1.0" (2.5 cm), but most are damaged, and many are broken. Their form is rather rounded, but is still discernable- edges are moderately well-defined, and faces are generally smooth and possess a pearly luster. All of the crystals have a pale pink coloration with a tinge of orange and would be transparent, but are intensely internally-fractured. Accompanying them in the calcite matrix are several dodecahedral garnet crystals, most of which are also damaged. They achieve diameters of 0.6" (1.5 cm) and their form is good. All have a very deep red coloration and are essentially opaque. I would guess that these are spessartine garnets, as an associated manganese mineral to the rhodonite.