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Rhodochrosite main use is as an ore of manganese which is a key component of low-cost stainless steel formulations and certain alluminium alloys. Quality banded specimens are often used for decorative stones and jewelry. Due to its being relatively soft, and having perfect cleaveage, it is very difficult to cut, and therefore rarely found faceted in jewelry.

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This looks like a fake ruby. I wonder if you can make a laser with it.

Posted by Ruby Soho (guest) on Tue 04 May 2010 06:07:12 PM UTC

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