Belle Rustique

hand-crafted jewelry from beautiful Bonny Doon


Petite Gemmy Rhodochrosite Designer Cab

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Rhodochrosite derives its pink color from manganese. Argentina has the oldest mines but most of the mineral today is mined in the United States. For gem purposes, it is primarily cut into cabochons. This particular stone is a lovely pear shape that I decided would look smashing turned upside down so the white matrix would be more visible. This way it also resembles a heart. Notice the lovely gemminess to the stone. One doesn't often find rhodochrosite of this high quality. The top is faintly rounded and has a light luster. I've border-wrapped it in 22 gauge sterling silver wire and topped it with a double swirl and tiny "claws." Enjoy!

Treat someone special to this one-of-a-kind gift or buy it for yourself.

This delicate pendant measures 1 7/8" from top of bail and is 7/8" wide.

Note: Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral. In its pure form, it is a rose-red color, but impure specimens can be shades of pink to pale brown with streaks of white. Its Mohs hardness varies between 3.5 and 4. Rhodochrosite occurs in veins associated with manganese, copper, silver and lead. It is also called raspberry spar and is a cousin of calcite, but where calcite has calcium, rhodochrosite has manganese.

Enjoy this unique piece of hand-crafted jewelry.

rhodochrosite designer cab pendant

P703 - $60


If you have questions about this piece or any other design
including custom requests, please email me.



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