Ushkatyn deposits, Zhayrem, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan
A very unusual rhodochrosite, from a find made in the mid 1990's. Botryoidal rhodochrosite is known from a few places, particularly a few long closed localities in Germany and Japan. Where these differ most however, is in the depth of the red color. More often than not, botryoidal rhodochrosite tends to be a very light pink. At Ushkatyn, it is nearly maroon. Actually, I cannot think of another location that has quite this color of rhodochrosite, be it crystalline or botryoidal.
This interesting material is not often available, and while I don't expect them to sell particularly quickly, they were just too cool to pass up.
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