Bright Dioptase crystals that appear to be stalactitic in form but are actually overgrown on needle-like crystals of an unidentified brown mineral. The specimen is columnar in form with bright sparkly crystals on all sides. From the James Houran thumbnail collection who obtained it from the Sacco collection.This specimen was part of the special exhibit 'African Thumbnail Treasures' at the 2012 Munich mineral show. The Dioptase is especially bright and sparkly. via Amanda Hayek
Rhodochrosite (Rhodocrosite) is an elegant pink stone that often has bands of white. It is called the "stone of love and balance" as it balances and enhances love on all levels. It allows fuller love to enter one's life, in part by calming excessive passions. It energizes and cleanses the base, sacral and heart chakras, as well as balancing the mental and emotional processes.