GEMMY RHODONITE CRYSTALS
A superb specimen of Gemmy Rhodonite Crystals in Galena. A cluster of chunky, red translucent crystals on matrix. This specimen in particular shows amazing crystal colour and shape and will make a worthy addition to any collection. Two main crystals one atop the other nested in Truncated Galena from Broken Hill.
Broken Hill, NSW
3.7cm x 2.5cm x 2.2cm, 34g.
Named in 1819 by Christoph Friedrich Jasche from the Greek rhodos or “rose”, referring to its colour.
Galena is the primary ore mineral of lead. Worked for its lead content as early as 3000 BC, it is found in ore veins with sphalerite, pyrite, chalcopyrite, tennantite-tetrahedrite, etc. and in skarns, as well as in sedimentary rocks where it may replace carbonate beds or be deposited in pore spaces.