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Re: Rhodonite
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2013, 07:27:42 AM »
I was inspired by our gem of the month, so I cut a lump of rough I'd purchased a while back.

Any suggestions of where it might have come from?

MickB may have an idea, though there is a large number of pink to yellow rhodonite deposits that all look pretty much the same.


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Re: Rhodonite
« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2013, 10:20:27 AM »
Very difficult to say which deposit this comes from, as there is quite a few this color, it does look like a tight grain, should polish good.


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Re: Rhodonite
« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2013, 05:04:52 PM »
You're a genius Klingon, why didn't I think of that?  :P

Sorry...just couldn't resist   ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Rhodonite
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2014, 08:19:47 PM »
I'm becoming a bit of a rhodonite fan atm, thanks for sharing the pics. Looks a beautiful material, looking forward to seeing some. :)



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Re: Rhodonite
« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2019, 03:41:25 AM »
Hi David,
I live in the US and would like to get hold of some gemmy rhodenite rough like you posted, from your local. Can you share a contact by chance? Thanks, Diana

I have a question, some of the boys in my local club talk about Royal Rhodonite and those who one the peice will say it is and thoses that do not own it will often say its not and just plain Rhodonite.

So my question is- what is the differance between Rhodonite, Royal Rhodonite and Imperial Rhodonite?

Is it simply the royal and imperial have a deeper more red colour?

I am interested to hear the thought of those who are more learned then myself on the matter.

Yes it is based on colour and translucency, there is no objective measure I know of just the deeper and more translucent the red the better. I believe the term was coined for 'jewellery' grade rhodonite. MickB may be able to provide more details.

Here is the best piece of rhodonite I have cut, it just glows red in any sort of light and is very fined grained. Much of the deep red is quite coarsely crystalline and a challenge to polish.

This material comes from the Danglemar mine NE of Tamworth, which produced very high quality Rhodonite in thin veins. It takes a high polish.

Since this photo was taken I have achieved a better polish thanks to the help of Mick B.

Here is some fine Danglemar pink, not imperial buy a strong pink colour and very solid fine grained material that takes and excellent polish easily.



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