79 Mine, Hayden, Banner District, Gila County
6.2 x 3.7 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
Early summer 2023
Apple green Smithsonite in botryoidal form on matrix. From the 79 Mine (Hayden, Arizona), a well-known old locality that was a source of some excellent color Smithsonites a few years ago. The luster is slightly matte with a velvet-like look. Smithsonite is found in a wide range of colors, this hue of green is rare at many locations but it is a classic color at the 79 mine.
7.8 x 3.6 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
A fine old Tsumeb Smithsonite with a chain of rhombs aligned on a thin blade of Dolomite. The Smithsonite is in excellent condition with chocolate brown crystals to 1.7 CM across on the outer edge resting on smaller yellow-brown crystals below. The luster is matte to silky and the crystals are well-defined.
Smithsonite - vivid green
Choix, Municipio de Choix
8.3 x 3.5 x 1.6 CM (cabinet)
Late Summer 2021
A rich, wet-look green Smithsonite from the great early finds at Choix, mined by Benny Fenn Sr. This is a thin plate with minimal matrix behind a lustrous layer of Smithsonite. This is an unusually deep color for this locale (which had an amazing array of colors and hues). Comparing Smithsonite colors from around the world it is hard to find an exact match, some similarity to a few Laviron, Greece pieces and of course the Kelly Mine of New Mexico are noted but this particular hue really does not match those locales. In excellent condition, this is am older specimen and the mine is abandoned now so there may never be more like it.
A quite old specimen from early finds at Choix, with fine pink color. In some lighting the pink has a slight purplish hue but under most conditions this is really pink. Worldwide there are not many pink botryoidal Smithsonites found (pink crystals from Tsumeb are well-known but none botryoidal), Choix is one of the very few localities and these were never common when the zone was producing. Since this locality is now abandoned there may never be more. A very pretty addition to any Smithsonite collection.
Smithsonite - multi-color
Choix, Municipio de Choix
10.3 x 8.4 x 4.9 CM (cabinet)
Early summer 2021
Rich color and a wet-looking luster in a sizable specimen from the "golden years" at Choix. The colors range from pink to light violet with some yellow zones as well. Choix produced a wide range of Smithsonite hues which are quite rare in the rest of the world. Sadly the locality is not workable any more but it was once prolific. The surface has the velvety chatoyance and distinct botryoidal form that makes these great specimens. This one also has a fair amount of Smithsonite on the back side though the front as seem is certainly the display side. Choice and better in person.
stock #SOLD 16.1-243
4.2 x 3.6 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
Early summer 2021
Pink Smithsonite in rhombic crystals from Tsumeb. Sharp, gemmy and very lustrous, this is a small miniature (toenail) in fine condition. Tsumeb pink Smithsonites are distinctive, nothing like these are known from anyplace else, and the mine will never again produce these.
San Antonio Mine, Santa Eulalia, Aquiles Serdan
9.5 x 7.4 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
A superb Smithsonite from the San Antonio Mine at Santa Eulalia, Mexico. An older specimen that ranks among the best for the locality. This could easily be mistaken for a fine Kelly Mine Smithsonite as the vivid color and silky chatoyance on the Smithsonite is a perfect match. The only clear differences from a Kelly piece is the matrix which on this specimen is mixture of Gossan with blebs of Smithsonite. It is also far less expensive than usual for a Kelly of this quality. Simply beautiful and even better in person, the luster and deep color are exceptional from this locale. A great addition to any Mexican collection or Smithsonite suite.
Excellent blue-green color Smithsonite with a wet look, shimmering luster. The botryoidal surface is host to several "eyes" which are holes with a white rim which adds an nice contrast. The remarkable deposit at Choix is not producing at this time, but when it was active the Smithsonites were plentiful on the market. Many colors and forms were found making this a world class locale, often compared with the Kelly Mine in the USA. This piece has the eyes that were famed at the Kelly Mine and the color is comparable too, but as a Mexican specimen this is less costly and a great value for a pretty blue-green cabinet sized Smithsonite..