Locality - Democratic Repuplic of Congo Size – 135 x 123 x 78mm Weight – 1485g
This polished salrose freeform is rather unusual as not only is this material rarely found in massive form in such a large size, but it has been perfectly polished all over as a highly sculptural freeform with a unique but funky shape. It boasts stunning rose pink colour throughout with greyish-black metallic inclusions and sits on multiple surfaces as an eye-catching display piece. This freeform would be an ideal addition to a collector seeking something a bit different and characterful.
Salrose, also known as cobaltoan calcite, is a vivid pink variety of calcite containing Co2+ that is highly regarded for its attractive colour. The finest specimens come from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Morocco. Calcite is a carbonate mineral and a major component of sedimentary rocks such as limestone as well as the primary mineral in metamorphic marble, and is one of the most abundant minerals on the Earth. It is found in an astonishingly wide variety of formations and colours, though the most common forms are rhombohedral and scalenohedral crystals with most common colours being clear to white in a transparent to opaque appearance. Calcite is often the primary constituent of the shells of many marine organisms such as plankton and bivalves.