Smithsonite ex Stoudt collection

San Antonio Mine, Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 8.4 x 6.8 x 5.8 cm
Start Time: 03/05/2009 8:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/12/2009 8:15:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

This rather rare shade of smithsonite is often known as "turkey fat" smithsonite (as with the ones found in Arkansas), due to its similarity to the color of the fat of turkeys seen in rendering them for the dinner table. The color is due to cadmium from othre places, though I cannot say the color from this locality is due to cadmian, or perhaps iron. This is a BIG specimen, very unusually 3-dimensional, with fingers and translucent ridges all over it. And, none of them bruised or contacted! Really excellent for what it is. . .this is perhaps the showiest and nicest of the type I have seen. It is an old piece from the Consie Prince dealer stock to Dave Stoudt collection, many years ago. Valued $1200-1500

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