• Rhodochrosite
  • Rhodochrosite


ID: CC20820
Two stunning globular clusters of burnt barley sugar-orange Rhodochrosite sit on a contrasting Manganite matrix from N'Chwaning 2 mine in the Kalahari Manganese Field of Northern Cape Province, South Africa.  Rhodochrosite adopts many crystal forms and colours in the N'Chwaning mines and these semi-spherical clusters are a much admired and loved habit.  The larger sphere measures 2.5 cm across and 2 cm tall, with the smaller 1.5 cm wide and 1 cm tall.  Their inner structure and colour are visible on the rear side where the Rhodochrosite is deep salmon-pink and forms granular acicular columns which merge into sprays.  These sprays manifest across the spherical display surface as pointed individual scalenohedral crystals, of said burnt orange and the myriad of faces sparkle when turned.  The two clusters display to perfection on a black Manganite matrix whose surface is micro-crystallised with a bright metallic lustre.  A charming and delightful Rhodochrosite from the N'Chwaning 2 mine.

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4.1 × 4.8 × 2.7 cm
N'Chwaning 2 Mine, Kalahari Mn. Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

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