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Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral. In its rare pure form, it is typically a rose-red color, but
impure specimens can be shades of pink to pale brown. Rhodochrosite occurs as a hydrothermal vein mineral
along with other manganese minerals in low temperature ore deposits as in the silver mines of Romania where it
was first found.

Banded Rhodochrosite is mined in Capillitas, Argentina. Catamarca, Argentina has an old Inca silver mine that
has produced fine stalactite examples of Rhodochrosite that are unique and very attractive. Cut cross-sections
reveal concentric bands of light and dark rose colored layers. These specimens are carved and used for many
ornamental purposes.

The pink color of Rhodochrosite is created by the element manganese. Rhodochrosite is formed when
manganese which is dissolved by ground water combines with a carbonate mineral and then drips into deep
underground crevices and fissures.  Rhodochrosite may be found in Argentina, Peru, Colorado, Montana,
Romania and Quebec, Canada.

It is commonly found in the form of stalactites and stalagmites in the caves of Argentina.   Rhodochrosite (whose
name means rose-colored) often  forms pink and white bands. It is often carved into figurines or display
specimens while the tubular stalactite formations are often slabed for making cabochons for use in jewelry. Fine
gem quality crystals are sometimes faceted as gemstones for use in high end jewelry, but the more common
grade is used extensively in silver and gold jewelry, and is very popular for wire wrap applications.

Rhodonite, another pinkish stone, may be confused with Rhodochrosite because the pink color is similar, but the
difference is that rhodonite contains black manganese oxide patterns while Rhodochrosite is normally banded
with white and pink.

Rhodochrosite became the official state mineral for Colorado in 2002 after the Platte Canyon High School in
Bailey,Colorado made the proposal based on the fact that the Sweet Home Mine near Alma, Colorado
produces the highly prized and rare red crystals which are found only in a few places on earth.
Item# RHO011600001
Rose Pink and White  
Rhodochrosite Polished Face
Display Specimen from Argentina

$219.00
Polished Face Argentina Rhodochrosite Specimen!
13.8 oz or 0.86 lb (393g) 3.8 x 2 x 1.3 inches (9.8 x 5.3 x 3.5cm)

This beautiful and exceptionally rare polished face specimen comes from the
old "McKinneys Gem Shop" in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. The Gem Shop
closed in 2006 a few years after the owner died. We were lucky enough to
obtain some specimens from the old Gem Shop collection from his son and are
keeping most of them for our personal collection but we feel it is only fair to
share some of these treasures with our loyal customers as well! Mr McKinney
was a miner from the Spruce Pine area and was very highly respected as the
local expert on gem and mineral identification. Many of his specimens are in
the North Carolina Museums. This piece is natural with a polished face. It has a
thick felt pad on the bottom and sits upon a wooden stand. A very nice looking
display specimen. It has excellent color in a medium pink that has some
translucent areas and pink and white banding on the edges. Comes with
wooden base shown in photos
Item# RSHM08160007
Rose Pink
Rhodochrosite on Matrix
from Sweet Home Mine

$129.00
Medium Cabinet "Sweet Home Mine" Rhodochrosite Specimen!

This is a beautiful medium cabinet specimen of Rhodochrosite with quartz and
Chalcopyrite from the Sweet Home Mine (famous for its Rhodochrosite), Mount Bross,
Alma District, Park County, Colorado. The mine is now closed and has been reclaimed.
Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate. Its name means rose-colored and it is a very
attractive mineral with an absolutely one-of-a-kind, beautiful color. Although it is an ore
of manganese, its ornamental and display specimen qualities are what make it a very
popular mineral.

It measures 2.7 x 2.5 x 1.7 inches (6.9 x 6.5 x 4.3cm) and weighs 10.4 oz or 0.65 lb
(296g). The end mass surface area measures 1.8 x 1.6 inches (4.8 x 4.1cm).
This will make a great addition to your collection.
Item# RMM08169053
Rhodochrosite on Matrix
from Monarch Mine

$55.00
Rhodochrosite Specimen on Matrix from Monarch Mine, Colorado

This is a beautiful pink specimen of Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Galena from the
Monarch Mine (Mountain Monarch Mine), Ouray District (Uncompahgre District), Ouray
County, Colorado. We procured this specimen from a mineral dealer in Quartzsite
Arizona in 2009. This specimen has been in our collection for the last six years.

It measures 2.3 x 1.8 x 1.4 inches (6 x 4.6 x 3.6cm) and weighs 3.3 oz (94g). This will
make a great addition to your collection.
Rhodochrosite from Travona and Emma Mines, Butte, Montana
Butte, Montana has a very old and interesting mining history. The Travona is a mine located in Silver Bow county, Butte
District, Montana at an elevation of 5,551 feet. It is in the Rocky Mountain System in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The
Travona began Zinc, Manganese, silver and lead mining operations in 1917.
The site of the first silver strike in Butte was originally named the Asteroid by Willam Farlin in 1874. Farlin further
developed the mine operations with a $30,000 loan from W.A. Clark's Deerloge bank to build the Dexter Mill. Farlin
eventually defaulted on the loan giving Clark his first Butte property. Clark later became one of the three Butte "Copper
Kings". The mine name is commonly misspelled "Travonia" by Butte residents. Trevonia is now the official name of the
street which runs adjacent the mine yard. The  head frame of the Travona Mine can still be seen from Travonia street.
Ore materials that were mined here include Gold, Rhodochrosite, Manganese, Galena, Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite.The
Travona Mine ultimately came to be owned by the Anaconda Company (ACM). The Anaconda headframe was moved to
the Travona from the Pennsylvania Mine in 1940, when the southwestern part of the Butte district began to be actively
exploited for manganese for the second time, after an initial manganese boom in the 1910s. The Emma Mine was also a
Manganese mine that operated from 1934 to 1957. It was closed in 1959. Eventually every mine in Butte came under the
ownership of the Butte Copper Kings.

Specimens from either of these two mines are highly sought after by collectors and are a must for any serious collection.
Specimens listed blow were collected in the 1940's by S.R. Steinhauser who worked for the Atomic Energy Commission
(AEC) core drilling and searching for minerals with uranium content. During his work trips he collected rocks and minerals
for his own collection. He marked his specimens by painting a small white space upon which he painted in black his
specimen information. We were able to procure several specimens from his collection. All were from the Travona Mine
except for a single one from the Emma Mine. Some of the specimens only had the white block painted, but all had locale
identified on the boxes they were stored in. Mr. Steinhauser in his later years became a Lepidopterist (a person who
studies or collects butterflies and moths) and published an abstract "Five New Species of Dalla from Colombia and Ecuador
(Hesperiidae)" in the Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 56(2), 2002, 53-61.During all his travels he continued to collect
rock and mineral specimens. We were lucky to obtain some of his pieces.
Item# 52REM11192054
Rhodochrosite Crystals
from the Emma Mine

$195.00
Classic Rhodochrosite Crystals from the Emma Mine, Butte, Montana

This is a beautiful pink specimen of well formed Rhodochrosite rhomb crystals dotted
with small metallic pyrite spherules. It was collected in the late 1940's. It is clearly
marked from the Emma Mine in Butte, Montana ex: S.R. Steinhauser collection

It measures 2.48 x 2.14 x 1.1 inches (6.3 x 5.45 x 3cm)
and weighs 4.1 oz or 0.25 lb (117g).

This will make a great addition to your collection.

In the 1950s there were many Rhodochrosite specimens from Butte, Montana on the market, but they are notably scarce these days.
They were probably the most recognized Rhodochrosite from the Western United States until mines like the Sweet Home in Colorado
started producing new specimens. This is a great old time classic and any Rhodochrosite collection or US mineral collection isn't
complete without a Rhodochrosite specimen from Butte.
Item# 53RVM11193321
Rhodochrosite End Cut
Slab from the Travona Mine

$28.00
Rhodochrosite End Cut Slab from the Travona Mine, Butte, Montana

This is a very nice face cut end slab of pink Rhodochrosite with nice banding. It was
collected in the late 1940's. It has the white label block, but no detailed information
painted on the specimen. It was in a box marked "Travona Mine Butte Montana" This
piece is ex: S.R. Steinhauser collection

It measures 5.4 x 3.3 x 0.74 inches (13.7 x 8.5 x 1.9cm)
and weighs 12 oz or 0.75 lb (341g).

This will make a great addition to your collection.
Item# 54RVM11191081
Dogtooth Spires on
Rhodochrosite Matrix from
the Travona Mine

$39.00
Dogtooth Spires on Rhodochrosite Matrix from the Travona Mine, Butte, Montana

This is a very interesting piece with lots of dogtooth points with a manganese coating perched upon a
light pink Rhodochrosite matrix host rock. It was collected in the late 1940's. It has no white label block
or detailed information painted on the specimen. It was in a box marked "Travona Mine Butte
Montana" This piece is ex: S.R. Steinhauser collection

It measures 5.3 x 2.9 x 2.3 inches (13.5 x 7.5 x 5.9cm)
and weighs 27.1 oz or 1.69 lb (770g).
Item# 55RVM11195203
Rhodochrosite Thick Cut
Slab from the Travona Mine

$89.00
Rhodochrosite Thick Cut Slab from the Travona Mine, Butte, Montana

This is a beautiful thick cut slab of Classic Rhodochrosite. It was collected in the late 1940's. It has the white label
block, but no detailed information painted on the specimen. It was in a box marked "Travona Mine Butte
Montana" This piece is ex: S.R. Steinhauser collection

It measures 6.1 x 2.4 x 0.55 inches (15.6 x 6.3 x 1.4cm) and weighs 11.1 oz or 0.69 lb (315g).
(pictures taken dry, specimen is NOT polished)
This will make a great addition to your collection.
Item# 56RVM111901581
Quartz and Sphalerite on
Rhodochrosite Blades from
the Travona Mine

$485.00
Very Rare Large Cabinet Quartz and Sphalerite on Rhodochrosite from
the Travona Mine, Butte, Montana
This is a stunning specimen of well formed Quartz crystals and Sphalerite on light pink
Rhodochrosite blade crystals. It was collected in the late 1940's. It is clearly marked
"Rhodochrosite, Quartz and Sphalerite from the Travona Mine in Butte, Montana ex:
S.R. Steinhauser collection

It measures 6.8 x 5.9 x 2.8 inches (17.3 x 15.1 x 7.3cm)
and weighs 80.2 oz or 5 lb (2.274kg).

This will make a great addition to your collection.
Item# 57RVM111901042
Large Cabinet
Rhodochrosite from the
Travona Mine

$590.00
Very Rare Large Cabinet Rhodochrosite from the Travona Mine, Butte,
Montana
This is a strikingly awesome specimen of Rhodochrosite. It was collected in the late
1940's. It is clearly marked "Rhodochrosite Travona Mine Butte, Montana ex: S.R.S.
(S.R. Steinhauser) collection
. There are many "Gemmy" areas on this one.

It measures 8.1 x 6.4 x 2.1 inches (20 x 16.2 x 5.4cm)
and weighs 102.5 oz or 6.4 lb (2.9kg).

This will make a great addition to your collection.