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Argentine Rhodochrosite Specimen I Bought in Argentia 40 years ago

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Can someone help ID the other mineral surrounding the Rhodochrosite. The specimen is (approx) 8" wide by 5" deep and 3.75 tall. It weighs abour 10lbs. Any thoughts on its value?

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asked Jan 27, 2014 by pooksman (140 points)

Thanks for your help!!!

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Ok, see the picture now. The brown stuff is also rhodochrosite - presumably with iron inclusions. Could be leaning towards siderite if it has high enough iron content.

answered Jan 31, 2014 by hershel (51,320 points)
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The brown is a variety of rhodochrosite called Capillitie after the mine where it is found. This is a very attractive polished large cabinet decorative specimen. Because the pink area is so small it will not have much cutting rough value. I would estimate if you found this at a show the dealer might be asking between $100 and $200 for this specimen. However I have never seen anything this large ever offered for sale.

answered Feb 12, 2014 by stonesinger (720 points)