Here's a large matrix specimen of RHODOCHROSITE that came out of the Sweet Home Mine in Alma, Colorado in the 1990's. I acquired this specimen at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show. In October 2004 the Sweet Home Mine was closed, and the portal filled with tons of cement. Mine owner Brian Lees explained to me that the mineralized zone was totally mined out, and since there were no areas left to explore, the decision to close was sad but clear. Since then, the prices have skyrocketed to the point that if you see one at a show and there's no price marked, you probably can't afford to buy it. If you don't already have one of these classics, you probably want to act soon, as the price rises have accelerated, not slowed down, in the last few years.
Since the mine closed in October, 2004, rhodochrosite from the Sweet Home Mine has become the darling of investors. Always popular with collectors because of its bright red color, in recent years the prices have skyrocketed to the point that you probably can't afford to buy one if you have to ask the price. That makes this gem of a specimen a really sweet find, because it was priced low enough that I can sell it at a fairly sensible (well, almost) price. It has several sharp, rhombohedral rhodochrosite crystals, which have grown together as twins, with brilliant, glassy luster, and the slightly uneven growth planes that indicate that they are not cleavages. The color is a rosy pinkish red - not cherry red, but saturated enough to make the rhodochrosite really stand out. These crystals are perched on a bed of thin, terminated porcupine quartz crystals with minor tetrahedrite. There is also a sharp, clear cubic crystal of purple phantom fluorite to add to the assemblage. If you don't already have one of these classics, you probably want to act soon, as the price rises have accelerated, not slowed down, in the last few years.
2.1" small cabinet size
Lovely shades of luminous pinkish red
Nice combinatiuon piece with fluorite, quartz and tetrahedrite
Choice specimen from a classic American mine
2.1" x 1.6" x 1.0"
A display square comes free with this specimen