Dragon Minerals - Update April 7, 2019

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12825: Rhodochrosite and Pyrite - $25
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu County, Wuzhou, Guangxi, China
Miniature - 4.5 x 4.2 x 2.0 cm (1.8 x 1.7 x 0.8 inches)
38 grams (0.08 pounds)
Specimen status: Available     Send an email to order

When Wutong Mine rhodochrosites first hit the mineral market in 2010 they made quite a stir: excellent color, and distinctly different from Sweet Home Mine material. They were available in abundance (I saw hundreds of flats at the Collector's Edge warehouse). However the market quickly absorbed this material and they are now generally only seen when collections are recycled. This example features rhodochrosite crystals (mostly cleaved but some complete) with red to pink color scattered about the matrix, and accompanied by numerous tiny, brassy pyrites. Scattered microcrystalline quartz adds some sparkle and contrast to the rhodochrosite colors. Not the best Wutong Mine rhodochrosite known, but a good representative example of material that is somewhat hard to obtain these days.

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