Ssilver 11ctw Rhodochrosite Oval Cab Solitaire Stud Earrings
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These unique rhodium over sterling silver solitaire stud earrings feature 2 approx. 12x10mm 11.00ctw Rhodochrosite oval cabochons. These unique rose colored gemstones are set in 4-prong high polished double rail basket settings fitted with posts and tension backs.
*Rhodochrosite is a carbonate mineral that is usually found in a color between pink and red, though other colors like yellow or brown are possible if the crystal is ?contaminated?.
The red or pink color is caused by the presence of manganese in the mineral. The name rhodochrosite is derived from the Greek for rose-colored.
It is quite rare in a crystal form and usually it is found along with calcite and siderite. With which it forms larger rocks that show bands of white and pink colors. This is the type of rhodochrosite you see most often used as beads or in pendants and necklaces.
The rhodochrosite banded material can be found in a large number of countries, but in its crystal form it is far more rare.
High quality rhodochrosite crystals are only found in these locations: Romania (where the first described specimen was found in 1813), Hungary, Argentina, South Africa and the USA.
So rare are these minerals that Colorado, where some of the finest rhodochrosite minerals have been found, named it their official state mineral in 2002.