This is a 4.9" long skull that was crafted and polished from rhodonite that was collected from Madagascar. The polish work is nice and the detailing is quite intricate. This rhodonite is pink in color and contains some black splotches of manganese oxide. The underside of the skull has been hollowed-out, making the specimen closer in resemblance to a real skull.
There are multiple repaired cracks through this skull, as well as some spots of gap fill that are associated with the repaired cracks. These imperfections in this rhodonite specimen have been reflected in the price of the skull.
Rhodonite is well known among collectors for its beautiful pink and red color. The red variety can be so deep red that it rivals the color of Ruby. Rhodonite
often has black manganese oxide veins running through a specimen, giving it the distinct appearance of pink with black crisscrossing lines and flower-like formations throughout.