The Pinky deposit is located on the Pinky 1-2 claims, about 16 kilometres west of Keremeos.
The area is underlain by chert, greenstone and tuff of the Carboniferous to Triassic Shoemaker Formation and volcanic flows of the Old Tom Formation. There are several known rhodonite occurrences in the Shoemaker Formation in this area (082ESW009, 082, 161, 137). North-south shearing is evident.
The Pinky rhodonite deposit is hosted in rocks of the Shoemaker Formation. The rhodonite bed is up to 12 metres wide and is exposed for 30 metres. The bed, characterized by blue-green chert, grey quartzite and heavy manganese staining, strikes north-south and dips 50 to 70 degrees east.
The rhodonite, when polished, is of good quality and takes a high polish due to the high quartz content. Samples of the rhodonite have assayed up to 1.02 grams per tonne gold (R.G. Schneider, personal communication, 1991).
Over the last few years, R.G. Schneider has removed 45 to 63 tonnes of rhodonite from these claims. The deposit was recently classified as producing less than 100,000 tonnes a year (Mineral Market Update July, 1991).