Bi-colored Smithsonite (old style)

El Refugio Mine, Choix, Sinaloa, Mexico
Ex. Gary Weaver
Small Cabinet, 9.5 x 8.3 x 3.7 cm
Start Time: 11/17/2022 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/26/2022 6:30:00 pm (CST)
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Current Bid: $80
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Item Description

Rich lavender grading into vivid pink, juicy, waxy luster bubbly smithsonite botryoids cover this beautiful, rich and sculptural small cabinet from the closed El Refugio Mine at Choix. The form of the undulating crust and the color placement enhances the piece. This is classic, old 1960s or 1970s vintage material from this essentially mined out locale, that was documented in a 2011 Mineralogical Record Mexico-VI Special Issue, Vol. 42, No. 5. Many of us consider them much more beautiful than botryoidal smithsonite from nearly all other localities. The lavender color is highly desirable, among the many colors produced. Ex Gary Weaver Collection. A choice and aesthetic bicolored example from the locale. Specimens like this can be seen at shows, when they turn up, priced in the $1500-2500 range.

Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$80 * 11/21/2022 3:32:44 pm (CST)
$80 * 11/21/2022 3:32:44 pm (CST)
$70 11/21/2022 3:28:02 pm (CST)
$60 11/21/2022 3:28:02 pm (CST)
$50 11/21/2022 3:27:45 pm (CST)
$45 11/21/2022 3:27:45 pm (CST)
$40 11/21/2022 3:27:28 pm (CST)
$35 11/21/2022 3:27:27 pm (CST)
$30 11/21/2022 3:27:18 pm (CST)
$25 11/21/2022 3:27:17 pm (CST)
$20 11/21/2022 3:27:05 pm (CST)
$15 11/21/2022 3:27:04 pm (CST)
$10 11/19/2022 1:09:23 pm (CST)
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