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Smithsonite


Smithsonite is a zinc carbonate mineral. In zinc deposits, the mineral is quite common, and sometimes confused with hemimorphite. Beudant (1832) named smithsonite after James Smithson (1754-1829), who founded the Smithsonian Institution. While smithsonite typically appears as rounded and botryoidal formations, there are a few worldwide localities for single crystals. Smithsonite crystals are most well known from Namibia, but the Broken Hill mine also produces large fine crystals. This specimen consists of intergrown rhombohedral crystals to 3.5 cm. The color and luster are excellent for the locality. Some of the crystal tips show minor cleavage, which keeps this specimen more affordable. This specimen was part of the personal collection of Ralph Merrill, proprietor of the prolific mail order business Minerals Unlimited. Merrill's collection card and label ship with the specimen.

Price: $1500

Item code: MS1383

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