Strange Pink Crystal From The DRC

by Robyn Stephenson
(Johannesburg South Africa)

Hi Liz I'm actually in need of help please. I recently traveled to the DRC and whilst there found a piece of rough pink rock that I can't find a name for.

I was in a mining area that produces a lot of Malachite and Azurite as residual deposits from the copper that they extract but they said the pink crystal was Cobalt.

I can't find any picture on the web that resembles what I have. It's the most extraordinarily beautiful pink colour and I'd love to start working with it but don't know what I'm dealing with. Can you please direct me to a site that might have loads of pictures of rough crystals in order to try and identify it?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

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Maybe Your Pink Crystal Is Cobaltian Calcite?
by: Liz's Response

Hi Robyn

The best way to allow me to identify it would be to post a photo. It does sound a little like it could be Cobaltian Calcite. I haven't put a full page on that on my site as it is not common. I don't have any pieces of the stone but I do have some in jewelry.

Have a look at the photo on this page and see if it looks similar. Cobaltian Calcite is usually from Africa in the Congo region... but with stones you never know.

Once we see it we might have a better idea of what it might be. Liz

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