MUN16B-34
Smithsonite var. Cuprian
$1,500.00
79 Mine, near Hayden, Gila County, Arizona, USA
Miniature, 5.5 x 5.0 x 3.0 cm
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This is one of my absolute favorite USA classic finds, for the color and the beauty. This quality was found only once, to my knowledge, in the 1990s. I bought many at the time from George Godas and George Stevens, who collected them. (However, few had this quality to them. A later pocket they found, while larger, had more pale color.) Nearly completely covering its matrix is a thin crystallized crust of botryoidal, lustrous and translucent, apple green smithsonite, with spheres reaching 8 mm across. I particularly like the satiny luster of the smithsonite - among the best luster and color known from this find! I buy every example I can get, when they turn up now in old collections.