Smithsonite -very fine Moroccan
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
10.6 x 7.3 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
Large cabinet specimen of well crystallized and very lustrous Smithsonite from the Touissit Mine (Morrocco). The crystals are transparent and when magnified many show color zoning and phantom of a reddish core. Botryoidal and "finger" growths are fully covered by sharp, bright crystals. The color is a light green-blue hue and contrasts nicely with the reddish matrix. In fine condition, Smithsonite from this locale have never been very common (the mine has been closed for decades) and now top pieces are quite rare. This is a sizable display specimen with excellent impact, a fine addition to any serious Smithsonite suite or Moroccan collection.
A wet looking luster on this botryoidal Smithsonite with the so-called Cadmium color. From the find in 2016 in Guangxi, China, this is an attractive large miniature with two colors and two different textures. In excellent condition the display side of this has no bruises or issues. These were originally sold as a Cadmium Smithsonite due to the color but later testing shows little to no Cadmium. Still a great color for Smithsonite no matter the source.
Bright green rounded crystals of Smithsonite are clustered on botryoidal mounds over the face of this matrix. Wet luster and fine form with a distinctive hue, a choice older 79 Mine Specimen. This has zones of accicular Aurichalcite crystals and Calcite that add contrast and interest. In excellent condition and a very colorful Arizona Smithsonite. Even better in person.
Kelly Mine, Magdalena
5.6 x 5.3 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Kelly Mine Smithsonite with the most desirable wet look luster and good blue color. Ex Hitchings collection this is in fine condition a few of the outer edges show where this was removed but all the display surface is perfect clean and undamaged. A few areas of the white mottling are present which adds a nice contrast. This is a pre 1970 specimen. These have become American classics and there is no other Smithsonite worldwide that has just this look, color and luster.
Xiafu, Zhoaping Co. Henzoh Prefecture
7.8 x 6.4 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
A colorful and very well formed knob of botryoidal Smithsonite with good yellow color. Choice and three dimensional, this looks great from most any angle. Except at the base where this was removed, there is no damage or bruises on any surface. The satiny luster is especially rich. These have been marketed as "Cadmium" Smithsonite but there have been some different analysis that conflicts with this and some claim that none of the yellow Smithsonites from any deposit owe their color to Cadmium. I suspect the truth is someplace in the middle. I do not know if Cadmium is involved in this specimen or this find but this is the sought after "Cadmium'" color. Excellent eye appeal and overall esthetics, no matter the color source. An excellent value for one of these complete knobs which are quite uncommon and priced far higher when available.
Smithsonite with Mimetite
5.2 x 3.2 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Cuprian Smithsonite from Tusmeb fills an open seam on the matrix and has partly covered several golden Mimetite crystals. In fine condition, ex. Loben collection (with label) collected in 1986, close to the end of the Tsumeb era. The Mimetites are the slender pointed type and the overgrowth of the Smithsonite crystals is like a cloak. Great luster and excellent condition, the paragenesis is especially clear on this specimen.
A choice Greek Smithsonite with deep color, bright luster and excellent form. In undamaged condition as seen, the fingers and globs of Smithsonite rise from a contrasting gossan matrix. This is from one of the oldest mineral localities on the planet, and is an attractive example of the orange-brown color. Nice sparkle in person.
A choice small cabinet Smithsonite made of purple and pink botryoidal layers over a green core. There is minimal matrix. From the now defunct Choix locale, this has a fine color and luster that is much better in person. In undamaged condition, these Smithsonites are no longer being found. A modern classic locale, better specimens like this really do stand out and are a good value.