We all know the magnetism and allure of gold and diamonds. Their eternal value and beauty make them one of the most beautiful natural discoveries. But when placed aside nature’s colorful wealth of mineral creations, gold and diamonds don’t stand a chance, as far as beauty is concerned. Mineral crystals are so unique in character, shape and color, that plain yellow gold and white diamonds simply look bland.
In terms of mineral specimens, Rhodochrosite is a fine choice for any collection, as the large, simple forms of the cherry red rhombs make a perfect display piece in almost any setting. As it is known for the fact that people love it as a gem material, seeing it in terms of a odd shaped or replacement mineral, is interesting to the mineral collector.
Rhodochrosite is a fascinating mineral, 99% due to the color and translucency that the best specimens showcase. In sharp contrast, the very closely related mineral Calcite can have the exact same forms of Rhodochrosite; however, a clear calcite rhomb is not going to be half of the price of a similar rhomb of juicy red Rhodochrosite.