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Helen has carved several pieces in this extraordinary material called Astorite, mined only at the historic Toltec gold mine in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado.
Astorite is a rare rock composed mostly of pink rhodonite along with various amounts of quartz mostly in the form of chalcedony, rhodochrosite, gold, silver and other minerals.
Astorite is a trade name given to this material to honor its original mine owner, John Jacob Astor IV.
Helen has written extensively about this material in several trade magazines.
Photos by HSH