Sweet Home Mine Rhodochrosite # SH05

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Superb miniature, and very attractive collectible specimen. It features over a dozen perfect, and beautifully colored pink-red rhombs scattered throughout a bed of Quartz crystals.

As you may be aware of, The Sweet Home Mine was permanently closed in October of 2004. Needless to say, this has been one of the world's most important mineral specimen producing localities of the century!

Since the closing of the mine, I have personally seen the purchase price of these beauties escalate drastically in the last few years. Being so desirable for personal collections, these Rhodochrosite are rapidly become harder to come by -- especially quality specimens.

What a great way to take part of its history by adding this very gorgeous; aesthetic; and sparkling specimen to your collection.

Dimensions in cm: 4.5 x 3.0 x 2.0
Largest crystal in cm: 1.0 across
Hedgehog Pocket, Main Stope Drift
Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Park County

Specimen # SH05

Sweet Home Mine Rhodochrosite # SH06

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This awesome, large miniature is one of my favorites of this bunch. Truly a wonderful and stark contrast of Rhodochrosite & Tetrahedrite. The top side features 3 wonderful rhombs...two of which have a tabular look. The main crystal, which is partially embedded within the Tetrahedrite is huge! If this crystal was sitting by itself on top, the specimen would easily be double in price! And yet, the effect is still amazing!!! A close up view shows some tiny Quartz crystals, as well as some pyrite.

The top side crystals are very  transparent, gemmy, mirror-like-glassy, and has more of the "cherry" colored red that is desirable in this species.

The bottom side, which is pictured on the lower right size also has a couple of decent rhombs. The bottom side picture reflected lots of light during the photo shoot, but many of the Tetrahedrite crystals are very well formed, and lustrous as well.

Dimensions in cm: 5.5 x 4.5 x 4.0
Largest crystal in cm: 1.5 !

Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado

Specimen # SH06

Sweet Home Mine Rhodochrosite # SH07

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This small cabinet, is yet another very attractive, and colorful specimen. Featuring several perfect, and beautifully colored rhombs scattered on a bed of Quartz crystals, with a scattering of smaller Tetrahedrite crystals. the larger rhomb has a slight "frosting" on the top side, which is associated with different temperature changes during the cooling process during formation.

The bottom side of this specimen, pictured lower right even has a nice covering of Pyrite, and a hint of purple colored Fluorite! Very gorgeous piece!

Dimensions in cm: 6.5 x 4.0 x 2.5
Largest crystal in cm: 1.2 high
GPR Drift
Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado

Specimen # SH07

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PLEASE NOTE: All of the photographs are not to scale. Some are enlarged to give you an accurate and an in depth view of all the details for you to see. Please always refer to specimen size in all my listings for the actual size, as this is what the final price is based on. Although picture colors can vary slightly from browsers to computers, I go to great lengths in photographing all mineral specimens with complete color accuracy, without any retouching whatsoever! My photo studio lighting consists of 4800K fluorescent lighting, which simulates the wavelengths of daylight. In some cases for a different effect I have utilized regular incandescent lighting to provide a different effect. If a specimen has knowingly been repaired, I will always disclose this information to you.