Smithsonite (Cadmium-bearing)

Wenshan, Yunnan, China
Cabinet, 10.3 x 4.7 x 1.0 cm
Start Time: 09/14/2023 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/21/2023 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $218

Item Description

A beautiful cabinet sized piece of these wonderful yellow Smithsonites from China. The alluring color is due to cadmium content, which is often the case when one encounters yellow Smithsonites in nature. These Chinese pieces are similar to the famous old classic yellow Cadmian Smithsonites from the Masua Mine in Italy that were mined many decades ago. The Wenshan specimens with their excellent color, flowing botryoidal forms and the superb luster puts them among the best of their kind ever found. This piece is a features a layer of botryoidal Smithsonite with a velvety / vitreous luster and a lovely rich yellow hue on a thin layer of matrix. This material was limited on the market when it was first discovered, but now it's incredibly hard to get your hands on good pieces. No major damage, but the underside of the piece has been sawn. Although people might think of these attractive yellow Smithsonites as contemporary specimens, (due to the fact that they made their way to the market only a few years ago), they were actually mined circa 2002-2003 and were held back for many years. The thought was that perhaps more pieces would be found, but ultimately everything you see for sale came from the initial discoveries. Very attractive and now sought after since nothing has been found in many years.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$218 09/21/2023 6:34:09 pm (CDT)
$208 09/21/2023 6:33:24 pm (CDT)
$202 09/21/2023 6:33:24 pm (CDT)
$195 09/21/2023 6:28:04 pm (CDT)
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$135 09/21/2023 6:26:31 pm (CDT)
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$121 09/21/2023 1:16:35 am (CDT)
$111 09/21/2023 1:16:34 am (CDT)
$87 09/20/2023 10:48:48 pm (CDT)
$77 09/18/2023 8:34:48 pm (CDT)
$75 09/18/2023 8:34:48 pm (CDT)
$25 09/16/2023 10:17:34 pm (CDT)
$20 09/16/2023 10:17:34 pm (CDT)
$10 09/14/2023 11:57:27 pm (CDT)