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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 12:25    Post subject: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

What are your favourite localities for RHODOCHROSITE? My favourites are:

- Sweet Home Mine (Home Sweet Home Mine), Mount Bross, Alma District, Park Co., Colorado, USA (I hope one day to own a nice specimen from that mine, to me the rhodos from Sweet Home Mine are the most beautiful minerals on this planet)
- Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru
- N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
- Bockenrod, Reichelsheim, Odenwald, Hesse, Germany (not many of you may know that locality in southern Hesse, but I simply love the botryoidal material from there, just look at the attached photos)

Feel free not only to discuss your favourite localities but also which forms and colours of that mineral you like the most, e.g. rhombohedrons or scalenohedrons or botryoidal forms, red or pink colour etc. ...



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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyón Province, Lima Department, Peru
 Dimensions: Specimen size 3,5 cm
 Description:
My collection
 Viewed:  15888 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
Bockenrod, Reichelsheim, Odenwald, Hesse/Hessen, Germany
 Dimensions: Specimen size 10 cm
 Description:
Collection Terra Mineralia, Freiberg (my photo)
 Viewed:  15912 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
Bockenrod, Reichelsheim, Odenwald, Hesse/Hessen, Germany
 Dimensions: Specimen size 9 cm
 Description:
Private collection, on display in the Mineralogical Museum Marburg (my photo)
 Viewed:  15910 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
Bockenrod, Reichelsheim, Odenwald, Hesse/Hessen, Germany
 Dimensions: Specimen size 8 cm
 Description:
Private collection, on display in the Mineralogical Museum Marburg (my photo)
 Viewed:  15893 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: Specimen size 15 cm
 Description:
Collection Terra Mineralia, Freiberg (my photo)
 Viewed:  15873 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 12:32    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

I think the only one I have in my collection is from Crested Butte, CO. Not a well known locality! So I cannot really give a view.
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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 13:58    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

I like the ones from
- Wolf Mine, Herdorf, Siegerland, Renania-Palatinado/Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
which I have never seen in person (pictures only)
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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 14:16    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

Agreed with Fiebre Verde! I like those from Wolf Mine (and I own one or two), I suppose that because are rare to be found and aesthetically nice. Those from Uchuqchacua look generally very nice, as the ones from Alma and those from USA in general. But those from N'Chawning Mine are very nice and extremely pricey...

All in all, I like all them (maybe except those from China....Not so nice too my eyes, and some, heavily man touched.....)...
I always have room for a new Rhodo (and if from a still not had locale, better!)

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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 14:26    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

Fiebre Verde wrote:
I like the ones from
- Wolf Mine, Herdorf, Siegerland, Renania-Palatinado/Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
which I have never seen in person (pictures only)
You should visit the Mineralogical Museum of Marburg, they have several superb specimens :-)

lluis wrote:
[...]very nice, as the ones from Alma and those from USA in general. But those from N'Chawning Mine are very nice and extremely pricey...
That's my problem with the ones from Sweet Home Mine, the prices are insane :-(
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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 14:33    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

Here is one from Paula's thumbnail collection.


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 Mineral: Rhodocrosite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 2.8 cm tall
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Photo by Jeff Scovil
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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 14:37    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

Gorgeous!!!
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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 14:40    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

On behalf of my lovely wife, I thank you.
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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 17:04    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

It's a beauty!
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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 17:55    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

A nice South African Rhodo, a gift from my husband.


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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 5.5x7.0x3.5 cm.
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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 17:58    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

Wutong mine, China. One of my top minerals.
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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
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Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu, Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 22.5x16.8x17.5 cm
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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 17:59    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

_Me with previous rhodochrosite. Back in the day.


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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 18:01    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

Fabulous Rhodo.


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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
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N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 18:26    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

Broken Hill, New South Wales, has produced some nice ones...
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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 23:15    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

Gail wrote:
Me with previous rhodochrosite. Back in the day.


Stunning !!! From the same pocket as The Emperor of China?

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PostPosted: Aug 27, 2016 00:10    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

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PostPosted: Aug 27, 2016 05:04    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

Rhodochrosite is also my favorite mineral.
My Mindat page: https://www.mindat.org/user-11954.html

I agree with the observation that - in general - the most beautiful crystals of Rhodochrosite are from Sweet Home Mine - Colorado and from N'Chwaning mines, Kalahari manganese field, South Africa. From this last locality I was fortunate to collect the 10 different Rhodochrosite habits described by W. Wilson and P. Dunn (Min Record May-June 1978.).

However there are exceptions from other places (usually not so valued) with world-class specimens.
As is the case of this Rhodochrosite from Gabon - Moanda Mine ( https://www.mindat.org/photo-183281.html ) with a Total Size: 13 x 10 x 5.5 cm. It is an outstanding piece. The color is beautiful and it is very lustrous and sparkly. This specimen attracted quite a lot of attention at the 2008 St Marie show, and I think it is the best Gabon Rhodo that has been viewed for more than 30 years now! This one is now a world class and particularly good, not only for the coverage of crystals, but because the color is so dark, red and rich. Normally they are paler or brown.

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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
Moanda Mine, Moanda, Léboumbi-Leyou Department, Haut-Ogooué Province, Gabon
 Dimensions: 13 x 10 x 5.5 cm
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PostPosted: Aug 27, 2016 09:27    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

Vasco Trancoso wrote:
Rhodochrosite
Moanda Mine, Moanda, Léboumbi-Leyou Department, Haut-Ogooué Province, Gabon
Hi Vasco, a wonderful fine specimen from a locality I've never heard of, it reminds me of the superb South African specimens. Thanks for that contribution!
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PostPosted: Aug 27, 2016 10:59    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

One of my favorites from Peru.


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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyón Province, Lima Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 6.8 x 8.7 cm
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Gemmy, cherry red rhombs to 1.5 cm with stepped faces associated with colorless cuboctahedral fluorite crystals on a black manganese rich matrix.
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PostPosted: Jan 08, 2017 11:31    Post subject: Re: Favourite Rhodochrosites?  

The most impressive rhodo I've ever seen by myself: the "Empress of China" at the Changsha Show in 2013. Largest crystal: 22 cm!


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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu, Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: largest X 22 cm
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