Rhodochrosite Value

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Large facetable gems from Hotazel, South Africa are available, but larger clean stones are very scarce and expensive.

faceted rhodochrosite - South Africa

Faceted rhodochrosite, Hotazel, South Africa (5.75). Photo © Joel E. Arem, PhD, FGA. Used with permission.

Pink rhodochrosite from Colorado in clean gems is prized but also expensive. Any Colorado gem over 2-4 carats is considered very large.

Sweet Home Mine, Colorado

Round Portuguese-cut rhodochrosite, 1.96 cts, 7.7mm, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado. © The Gem Trader. Used with permission.

Argentinian material is translucent at best and much less costly, but few faceted gems from this material have appeared on the market.

rhodochrosite cabochon - Argentina

Rhodochrosite cabochon, Argentina. Photo © Joel E. Arem, PhD, FGA. Used with permission.

Mexican gem material resembles Colorado material but is generally quite small. Peruvian stones also resemble those from Colorado.