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    Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria

    Rhodochrosite is one of those minerals that have a fairly wide range of appearances. Form can run from simple rhombs or scalenohedrons to rounded botryoidal shapes or the bladed version seen here. This specimen from Madan in Bulgaria is composed entirely of such blades. Some of these are over 4 inches (10.6 cm) across and all of them are "bubble-gum pink" in color. Here and there on the front of the piece is an occasional small crystal of colorless Calcite adding a light bit of complexity to the piece. On the backside, the Calcites become numerous enough to form a coating of white to gray equant crystals. Condition is excellent. It can be displayed in a variety of positions, showing equally well from any of them.
    Overall measurements: 8 x 6 x 5 inches (20.3 x 15.2 x 12.7 cm).

    Provenance: Western Minerals [Hoppel # D0092]

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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