Image: Rhodonite


Rhodonite, from the Chapman Collection. This handsome group of blood-red, gemmy, sharp, parallel, bladed crystals is world class.

Carl Bento
© Australian Museum


Why special

The finest gem-quality Australian rhodonite crystal group in existence, and one of the finest rhodonite specimens in the world.

What is it made of?

It is made of calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, silicon and oxygen.

Where was it found?

17 level, Zinc Corporation Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia.

What is it used for?

Rhodonite can be a source of manganese as well as being cut and polished as a precious stone. Manganese is used to make a shock and abrasion resistant steel.

Actual size

4.7cm x 3cm and 0.7 cm thick

Additional information

Registration Number: D.49966

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