Rare and Specialty Jewelry
This rare gemstone, rhodochrosite, was mined in the Sweet Home Mine in Alma, CO. The mine was closed permanently in 2004 after being for the most part mined out.
The stone was sold to a tradesman who loved its color and texture. He purchased many other stones from the mine owner. In 2006 this tradesman who was so taken with this stone, received an offer to purchase their remaining stock of “cuttable rough” and has been cutting and marketing it, more or less exclusively, since 2007.
Finding rare phenomenon gemstones fascinating, he described this stone as producing an “almost lava like glow in low, warm light”. He brought it to his home in Hawaii, where his designer wife wrapped it lovingly in 22k gold, like leaves. It can be worn front or back – to display the fierce glow of lava, inset with a neon Paraiba tourmaline or the rough finish back, cool and simple. It is a one of a kind piece, and when I saw it on the neck of the designer, I had to have it.