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Natural Rhodochrosite
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Although rhodochrosite is found in many different localities, only a few supply material suitable for ornamental purposes. Gem rhodochrosite is characterized by its lovely color which may be variegated and banded in a range of shades ranging from white to pink. Found as rhombohedral crystals of the trigonal system, it is primarily cut as cabochons or carved. Stones are rarely clean enough to be faceted.


Known Facts
Color Key: Rose red, raspberry red, pink, grey, fawn, brown
Refractive Index: 1.600 1.820
Chemical Composition: MnCO3
Hardness: 4
Density: 3.45 3.70
Crystal Group: Trigonal
Ocurrence: Argentina; Colorado, U.S.A.; Romania; Hungary; India; South Africa; Saxony; Chile; Peru; Mexico.

The most important rhodochrosite deposits are in Argentina, near San Luis, 144 miles (230 km) east of Mendoza. Rhodochrosite has also been found as stalagmites in the abandoned silver mines of the Incas. Other deposits are in Chile, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, and the United States. The transparent stones are usually faceted and are always in demand by collectors. The largest faceted rhodochrosite weighs 59.65cts. and is kept in a private collection in South Africa.

The name Rhodochrosite is derived from the Greek (rose colored).


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Largest: CTS 1.83
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