Lovely pink Rhodochrosite Crystals on Matrix. Great Crystal formations of Rhodochrosite with a few Quartz Crystals and Galena in the Matrix. A popular mineral, beautiful colour and collectable.
6.6cm x 7.4cm x 5.2cm, 281g.
Ancash Dept, Peru.
Named in 1813 by Johann Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann from the Greek “rose”, and “colouring”, referring to its colour.
Calcite Group. Calcite Rhodochrosite Series and Rhodochrosite Siderite Series. Commonly occurs as a primary gangue mineral in moderate to low temperature hydrothermal veins.
Rhodochrosite means rose-colored, is a very attractive mineral with an absolutely beautiful color. Display specimen qualities make it a very popular mineral. Led light emits too much white light and can taint the color. Individual crystals are found in well shaped rhombohedrons and more rarely scalahedrons.