Rhodochrosite from Capillitas Mine, Catamarca Province, Argentina A very nice medium-size Rhodochrosite stalactite. Perfect round cross-section, has quite a bit of cutting potential as round polished slices. Species: Rhodochrosite, Locality: Capillitas Mine, Catamarca Province, Argentina Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm.
Gem set and diamond brooch, ‘Botte de Radis’, René Boivin, 1985 Designed as a radish bunch, composed of polished rhodochrosite, set with brilliant-cut diamonds, the leaves set with circular-cut peridots, signed René Boivin, French assay and maker’s marks.
Rhodochrosite gets its name from the Greek term meaning "rose coloured". The gem is soft and has a grainy structure with a white lace-like banding that it's difficult to cut around. The colour is very desirable, since translucent pink is otherwise uncommon among affordable gemstones.