Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado, USA


8.3 cm x 6.5 cm x 5.5 cm


272 g

Description & Provenance

The Sweet Home Mine of Colorado was founded in 1873 for its silver but is famous today for having produced several of the most cherished rhodochrosite specimens known to the collecting community. The best Sweet Home rhodochrosites exhibit exceptional luster, a gem-like rhombohedral crystal habit, and an intense fire-engine red coloration. Notable specimens to come from Sweet Home include, the “Alma King,” “Alma Queen,” “The Sno-Cone,” and many others, famous amongst collectors worldwide. These specimens and their like are so impressive, unique, and attractive, Sweet Home rhodochrosites have achieved international recognition as a cult classic and collector’s favorite in the mineral collecting community.

This specimen was first acquired by Italian collector and dealer, Enio Prato in the early 2000’s. He later sold the piece to his good friend, collector Daniele Danieli who was an active member of the mineral collecting community during the 1980s until the early 2012. In 2014, Danieli sold his entire collection to Daniel Trinchillo of Fine Minerals International. This piece resonates with collectors of fine quality thanks to its attractive and characteristically, “Sweet Home” traits. It has the brilliant red color, gleaming luster and sharp, rhombohedral crystal habit that collectors love. This piece is even more appealing thanks to its simple and beautiful aesthetics. With a single isolated crystal that sits up proud on a contrasting matrix of dark, silvery tetrahedrite, it practically demands attention and admiration.

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