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    Rare Gemstone: Rhodochrosite - 15.80 Ct.
    N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari Manganese Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

    When the first Rhodochrosite specimens emerged from the Hotazel area, everyone was flabbergasted by the color and perfection of the crystals. A second find, which occurred not much later, lulled the mineral collecting fraternity into thinking that these tail-light red lovelies would be coming out, if not forever, then for at least a while. That was an ill-founded assessment. All specimens of quality came from those two finds many years ago. This modified brilliant cushion gemstone is from that period around 1978. Faceted gems made of Hotazel 'rough' are distinguishable by the orangey cast shown in the red Rhodochrosite. Never very many, larger eye clean ones like this are only occasionally seen on the market. Buzz Gray, noted rare stone expert, cut it. Accompanying the gem is an AGL Cert # CS 65969 that confirms the gem's untreated, unenhanced nature.
    Measurements: 18.73 x 11.60 x 8.67 mm, 15.80 cts.
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Rainbow of Africa Collection
    Accompanied by AGL Certificate # CS 65969


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    October, 2015
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