Exceptional Rhodochrosite Slice
The value of this piece as a natural history object is complemented by its unique style and beauty. This is a natural, unrepaired slice of rhodochrosite stalactites, grown together to form these beautiful adjoining circular patterns. It is very difficult to obtain large examples today on the market, especially of any quality. This large piece was remarkably cut out intact - most of such size, were repaired and restored. This has no repairs or restoration of any kind. According to noted collector and expert David P Wilber, this plate is one of a small batch of the best quality that came out in the early 1980s, never to be surpassed. It has been held in the collection of a Southern California collector, now deceased, and was recently sold from his estate. Wilber ranked this as among the top 10 rhodochrosite slices from the find, that he is aware of. The difficulty of removing and then slabbing and polishing such a large segment , complete on all sides and without damage, cannot be underestimated. One should not expect to see a comparable specimen on the market again.
Measuring 16 x 10 x ½in