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Smithsonite - vivid green
stock #21.1-276
Choix, Municipio de Choix
Sinaloa, Mexico
8.3 x 3.5 x 1.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $390
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.

Smithsonite - pink, botryoidal
stock #21.1-268
Choix, Municipio de Choix
Sinaloa, Mexico
6.7 x 5.6 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $440
Early summer 2021

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
stock #21.1-094
Choix, Municipio de Choix
Sinaloa, Mexico
10.3 x 8.4 x 4.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $390
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.

Smithsonite
stock #16.1-243
Tsumeb
Otjikoto Region, Namibia
4.2 x 3.6 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
price: $170
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.

Smithsonite
stock #20.1-890
San Antonio Mine, Santa Eulalia, Aquiles Serdan
Chihuahua, Mexico
9.5 x 7.4 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $1850
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.

Smithsonite - blue green with
stock #21.1-039
Choix, Municipio de Choix
Sinaloa, Mexico
9.3 x 4.6 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $330
new year 2021

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..

Smithsonite - purple to pink
stock #20.1-922
Choix, Municipio de Choix
Sinaloa, Mexico
7.3 x 5.1 x 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $290
new year 2021

Purple Smithsonte is very uncommon worldwide, the best source was this small deposit in Sinaloa that has not produced much of any quality for several years. This is an older specimen with a nice velvet sheen on a botryoidal surface that gives a rather wet looking luster. This Smithsonite grades in color from a darker purple to more pink areas with some nice color mottling. Choix Smithsonites are still much lower in cost than almost any other locale, they are an excellent value yet often equally attractive. The color is what sets this piece apart, a choice addition to any Smithsonite or Mexican suite.

Smithsonite
stock #20.1-665
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
8.7 x 4.8 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $220
new year 2021

Choice stalactitic Smithsonite "fingers" with good wet looking luster. From Touissit, which some is best known for its fine Lead and Copper minerals, but this locale also produced some world class Smithsonite. The matrix of this piece is a mix of Galena, Cerussite and Smithsonite so the whole piece is quite heavy. The display side of this piece is composed of hundreds of Smithsonite crystals that have rounded faces and blend together in a botryoidal form. There is some periphery damage where this was removed but overall the condition is very good.