Quartz on RhodochrositeSKMF 031

Very, VERY special specimen of quartz on rhodochrosite on matrix

Measurements:  44 x 25 x 17 mm

Description:   Small, gemmy quartz crystals (the largest a double terminated group of crystals of 8 mm) sit on a thin layer of pink rhodochrosite, which, in turn, sits on a matrix of manganite and rock rhodochrosite.  

The quartz crystals appear to be coloured light pink, and that makes it very, very special! 

Weight of Specimen:  27.4 g  

Chemical Composition:  SiO2  (quartz)   
                                      Mn3+O(OH)  (manganite)

Hardness on Mohs Scale:   (quartz)  7
                                           (rhodochrosite)  3                                                                             (manganite)  4

Location:  Wessels mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Kuruman area, South Africa.

Specimen Code:  SKMF 031

US $ 150