by: Debra McClain
Almost 50 years ago, the Montana Rhodonite featured in this pendant was collected in the Butte Copper mines and is very rare. It's rareness is due to the historical demand for this gemstone, which subjected much of Montana's Rhodonite to being crushed and smelted in Anaconda for it's precious metals, which can still be seen in this beautiful pink stone with accents of black manganese.
History of Montana Agates: Montana Agate, a name given to the beautiful chalcedony found, most abundantly, in the alluvial gravels of the Yellowstone River. Born from volcanic activity, Montana Agate's genesis was centered in Yellowstone National Park, which offered the conditions necessary for the formation of agate over hundreds of years. As a result of it's formation and origin, Montana Agate was named the state's official gemstone in 1969 (along with the Montana sapphire). Agate ranks high (7/8) on the Moh's 1-10 hardness scale and will last for generations. It may be for this reason that many people believe agate has special properties that promote strength and healing while keeping the wearer safe.
Dimensions: 1 1/4" length X 1 1/2" width
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