Specimen #2555

Name: Smithsonite

Type: Gem

Locality: Kelly Mine, Socorro County, New Mexico

Favorite? N

Fluorescent? N

Size: 3.13 mm

Weight: 0.16 ct

Acquired: 2018-03-29

Source: Arkenstone Auction

Label: N

Comment: Smithsonite comes in a wide array of colors from around the world, but a lot of people would agree that the most beautiful blue Smithsonites are found at the Kelly Mine in New Mexico. This stone was cut from a broken piece of Smithsonite that came out of an old collection. I've had Kelly Mine gems in the past, and they always disappear quickly due to the fact that even smaller stones have good color. Keep in mind that when it comes to U.S. gems, they're always high in demand, and it doesn't matter if it's Benitoite from California, Rhodochrosite from the Sweet Home Mine, Hiddenite from North Carolina, etc., people are buying material from the United States at a higher rate than any point in history. This gem is a beautiful "Round" cut stone with lovely blue color and a soft velvety interior. It's a smaller stone, and the color is best seen under flourescent lighting I've found. If you collect U.S. gems or just worldwide Smithsonites, this is a great chance to pick up this attractive stone for your collection.

Minerals: Smithsonite (ZnCO3)

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