"Alma King" Rhodochrosite

"Alma King" Rhodochrosite
credit Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The "Alma King" is the finest mineral specimen of rhodochrosite in the world. It a football sized ruby red beautifully pointed crystal, set on a bed of snowy white quartz. Some museum visitors who see it remark that it looks like a gigantic piece of candy, and wonder whether or not it tastes like cherry, strawberry, or raspberry.

How Does The Artifact Relate to Colorado History

This specimen came from one of Colorado's very own 'defunct' silver mines, and was collected by a local Colorado collector and his team, who were prospecting the area for new gem and mineral discoveries.

Why Is This Artifact Significant?

This might be the finest and most famous mineral specimen ever collected from the mountains of Colorado. It helped propel rhodochrosite to become our state mineral, and has graced the covers of many magazines.

Artifact Is
3 Dimensional item
Artifact Significant To
Artifact Location

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80205
United States

"Alma King" Rhodochrosite

Year(s) Nominated
2014 Top Ten