Pink is the color of a Summer Sunset and jewelry in that shade can refresh but also warms you as it is worn. A free-form Rhodochrosite pendant is strung with shades of pink cat-eye beads and crystals accented with silver beads. A Sterling Silver hook and eye chain clasp gives this 19 inch necklace an additional 2 inch extension to personalize the length. The set is completed wth matching French Hook earrings.
Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral. In its (rare) pure form, it is typically a rose-red color, but impure specimens can be shades of pink to pale brown with streaks of white. Its Mohs hardness varies between 3.5 and 4. It crystallizes in the trigonal system. The cleavage is typical rhombohedral carbonate in three directions. Crystal twinning often is present. It is transparent to translucent. It is often confused with the manganese silicate, Rhodonite, but is distinctly softer. Rhodochrosite occurs as a hydrothermal vein mineral along with other manganese minerals in low temperature ore deposits as in the silver mines of Romania where it was first found in 1813. Colorado officially named Rhodochrosite as its state mineral in 2002. The reason for this lies in the fact that while the mineral is found worldwide, large red crystals are found only in a few places on earth, and some of the best specimens have been found in the Sweet Home Mine in Colorado. Much of the non-pure Rhodochrosite used in jewelry comes from Argentina.
Cat-eye beads and Crystals ae also used in the set.