Smithsonite

Tieshan Fe-Cu deposit, Tieshan Dist., Huangshi, Hubei, China
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 5.7 x 4.8 x 4.1 cm
Start Time: 11/26/2022 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/01/2022 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

Fine, and quite unusual, Smithsonite specimen from a smaller mine near the Daye Iron Mine area in China. These crystalline botryoids are up to 1 cm in diameter. They have gently lineated surfaces that reflect their growth, and a frosted luster that complements the translucent to gemmy interiors. Almost pumpkin-like in form, as if they were classic Smithsonite rice grains on steroids, these crystals line up on the matrix like a string of pearls, creating a beautiful aesthetic for this rare specimen from old finds of the early 2000s.