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Rhodochrosite is a beautiful mineral that ranges in color from pinkish-red to watermelon pink. Its streaks are white. In its finest form it is transparent or beautifully translucent like fine jadeite. But, transparent/translucent rhodochrosite is very, very rare and expensive. The Sweet Home Mine (United States) produces some of the finest transparent rhodochrosite in the world and can run well near 10,000.00 per carat in VVS clarity. A very small amount of rhodochrosite from other countries are equal to the Sweet Home Mine but sells for about 500.00 to 1000.00 a carat. Most rhodochrosite is red and white and has no transparency or opaqueness. The finest gems remind one of watermelon candy. Frequently faked. Know your dealer.
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