No rose-colored glasses are needed to fall in love with Argentinian rhodochrosite. Launched in the market around 1940, this rose-colored gemstone and has gained popularity for its lovely soft color.
The pink color of rhodochrosite is the result of manganese, present in stalactites and stalagmites, in caves. If polished, it displays a glasslike luster. Rhodochrosite comes in bead form from either cutting or carving but rarely with facets in jewelry. The first public descriptions of rhodochrosite came out in 1813 based on a sample from Romania. In 2002, rhodochrosite became the official state mineral of Colorado. The Sweet Home Mine in Colorado yields the highly prized and rare red crystals found in few places on earth. Mineral specimens displaying an almost red color are popular among collectors and fetches higher prices in the market.
Argentina has major deposits of rhodochrosite in the province of Catamarca. Other sources are in Latin America, Mexico, Africa, Russia, Canada and the United States (Colorado and Montana). We bring you the finest rhodochrosite from Argentina mines.