This handmade, wire wrapped sterling silver pendant is made with a natural stone cabochon. This pink beauty is a rhodochrosite from Argentina. The best stuff comes from Argentina, but no longer. The mines are not producing any more of the famed Inca Rose rhoodochrosite. This cab has the well known "bacon" stripes of color. This is a very nice stone with bright colors.
I made this wire wrapped setting with sterling silver wire- not plated, filled or coated wire. I added some coiling at the bottom for balance and gave it an antique patina. It has a solid sterling silver bail.
stone ---- 42 x 27mm 15.3grams 76.5 cts
pendant ---- 2.73" / 70mm long (including the bail); 1.07" / 27mm wide
bail ---- 3.5mm
This does not include a chain or cord.
You can purchase one here.
More About Rhodochrosite:
Rhodochrosite, also called Inca Rose, is probably the prettiest of all minerals (calcite group of minerals) with its deep red and hot pink crystals. It is sought after around the world with the crystal forms commanding extremely high prices.
Rhodochrosite is soft, with a Mohs Hardness of 3.5 - 4, which makes it popular for carving. It has a pearly or vitreous luster.
The pink color of Rhodochrosite is caused by manganese. It is often banded with white (probably calcite). Rhodochrosite is found in Argentina, Peru, Colorado and Montana and Quebec. The Capillitas mine, Argentina is renowned for its stalactites and stalagmites containing Rhodochrosite. The Capillitas mine in Argentina is also where the best material for cabochons comes from. The mine has been rumored to have been closed and prices for the better material has been skyrocketing. This quality material is now being called rare. The market is flooded with fake rhodochrosite. Often they are dyed lace agates and can appear by photograph to be real. I was fooled once into buying one. The biggest difference which will be easy to determine is that the fake agate will be much harder than Rhodochrosite, which is quite soft. The pink color of Rhodochrosite is permanent and will not bleed off or fade, either.
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