Smithsonite With Aurichalcite
Kelly Mine, Magdalena, New Mexico, USA
Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 7.0 x 4.0 cm
Ex. Frank Valenzuela
A very rare example of isolated, rounded crystals of smithsonite for this locale. Most smithsonite from Kelly is in the form of thick botryoidal masses. This particular style is very seldom seen, and particularly in association with nice, discrete balls of aurichalcite. Although there are a few peripheral smithsonites with minor damage, the major crystals are pristine and fine. The color contrast is striking, and rarely seen on the market compared to the more common sort. Surely an old specimen, which Frank obtained from mine owner Tony Otero in the early 1980s. Joe Budd Photos.