The rich, raspberry colour of this rhodochrosite (manganese carbonate) dazzles with its large transparent and sharp ‘dog-tooth’ crystals up to 4 cm in size.
N’Chwanning Mine, North Cape Province, South Africa
7.6 x 14.1 x 5.2 cm
Such specimens with large crystals are now very rare because they are no longer obtainable from the mine, which makes this an exceptional specimen of its species and a very fine one from its locality. Its name comes from a Greek word meaning ‘rose-coloured’.
This specimen was purchased by Albert Chapman in 1978 from Miriam and Julius Swiebel of specimen dealership ‘Mineral Kingdom’.
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