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Rhodochrosite Crystals on Rock Matrix Mineral Specimen Mexican mines

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Rose Pink Rhodochrosite crystals on rock matrix. Sparkly, great coverage.

Dimensions (millimeters): 40 x 28 x 28

Dimensions (inches): 1.6 x 1.1 x 1.1

Origins: mined at Potosi Mine, Santa Eulalia, Mexico in the 1980s

Mining began in the Santa Eulalia Mining District in the early 18th century. Early production was primarily silver. More recently, the mines have produced zinc and lead. Production has been intermittent since the 1990s

All Mineral Specimens come with a label with the name of the mineral and where it was mined

In 2008 I was approached by one of my Houston customers about buying a friend’s inheritance. As it turns out the heiress was the daughter of Consie and Dalton Prince, well known Texas mineral dealers. Throughout the 1970s and 80s they traveled every summer to Mexico buying directly from the miners. The minerals were packed in large banana boxes. Consie, being a bit of a hoarder, would select a single crystal from each box to sell then would seal the box and place it in their warehouse. I bought the contents of the warehouse. The boxes had remained sealed for all of those years still wrapped in the original newspaper wrappers. That is how we were able to date each box.

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