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« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2015, 02:19:41 pm »

That is great material.  If you could find tons of it, you could do really well selling rough.  I love the yellow and the other shades and with the contrasty black lines, WOW.  Besides the pure transparent gemmy stuff, I am going to say that I think you have the best Rhodonite i have ever seen.  That is some kick ass stone.  Beautiful rich pinks, nice yellows and other tints, great contrasty black lines and some light honey like areas.  The honey like areas remind me of calcite that i have seen in some slabs made up of blue apatite, black rock, and honey yellow calcite.  That slabs i have are soft, but still pretty kool.  Your stone is definitely amonst the best Rhodonite out there, besides the red gemmy stuff which i don't even consider to be in the same class of stone as your Rhodonite.  They are like 2 separate stones, one for lapidary (your new rhodonite) and the other for carving or maybe even faceting (gemmy red rhodonite).  Have you ever found any gemmy red with metallic stone attached and still on matrix, as in a specimen.  I know Broken Hill in New South Wales is an area where they consider the gemmy red rhodonite amongst the best specimen material to be found.

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