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Posted by Rock Currier  
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April 30, 2012 11:38AM
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Smithsonite
ZnCO3 Trigonal
Below are outstanding examples of smithsonite specimens from some of the best localities for that species. Some of them show distinct crystals and others show massive and botryoidal forms. The last two in this parade of high class specimens have been cut and polished to show the color of the smithsonite. Almost certainly when it comes to crystals of Smithsonite, Tsumeb, Namibia has to be the champion for the variety of forms and colors of its specimens. The variety of smithsonite that this locality produces is not nearly matched by any other locality. If you are a collector you will definitely want to get as good an example as you can afford of the wonderful blue to blue green specimens of botryoidal Smithsonite specimens that were produced by the Kelly Mine near Socorro, New Mexico, USA. Though Mexico is not generally thought of as a producer of Smithsonite specimens I have included two fine examples of them here, the first a multicolored wonder from the Refugio Mine in Sinaloa, Mexico and a green botryoidal specimen with associated white tufts of Hemimorphite from the well know mine at Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico. Finally I have included two cut and polished specimens from two classical European localities. The first a cut and polished slab and egg of yellow cadmium bearing smithsonite from, the Masua Mine in Sardinia, Italy. These are drop dead classics if you can ever find one to add to your collection. The second is a blue and green polished specimen from Lavrion, Greece. Each of these six localities have produced a variety of specimens and I urge you to scroll down this article and make your self familiar with the variety of smithsonite they produce and those of other localities, some of which have produced specimens that rival many of the Smithsonites from the better know localities.

Smithsonite, Tsumeb, Namibia 15cm tall© J.Scovil
Smithsonite, Kelly Mine, New Mexico, USA ~10cm©
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Smithsonite, Mexico, Refugio Mine 10cm wide© Jake Slagle

Smithsonite, Mexico 7.8cm© J.Scovil
Smithsonite, Tsumeb, Namibia 5.7cm wide© Lavinsky

Smithsonite, Sardinia, Italy 5.8cm tall© J.Scovil
Smithsonite, Lavrion, Greece ~7cm ©

Back in the day Smithsonite and Hemimorphite were lumped together and called calamine. They were frequently found together in ore deposits in not crystalline masses. In time it was observed that some varieties of calamine were different than others. Finally smithsonite became a separate species and the remaining calamines were called Hemimorphite. Crystals were not common, at least until Tsumeb started producing them. Crystals to ten cm are know and Mindat currently lists 1977 localities (April 2012). Of these many localities, only a few produce good specimens, and below are images of Smithsonite specimens from the localities that were deemed significant. Perhaps some of the ones shown here should not have been and a few others that should have been included are not. It is hoped that other good examples of smithsonite that should be included will be brought to our attention.

Smithsonite is a mineral commonly found in the oxidized portions of lead zinc deposits in the upper parts of the ore bodies. It is often quite ugly looking and has been called "dry bone" ore. Though many lead zinc mines, and there are many of them, commonly have smithsonite among the minerals they produce, relatively few mines produce what collectors would consider to be desirable specimens. There are enough of them however that a few collectors have made a specialty of collecting Smithsonites. One of the best private collection of Smithsonites was made by Jim and Dawn Minette. Jim was during the last part of his career manager of the big open pit borate mine at Boron, California.

Many specimens of smithsonite are botryoidal and dull when found and it is not uncommon for dealers and collectors to "improve" them by using hydrochloric acid to remove dull surface layers and expose shiny layers of smithsonite that lay beneath. Sometimes indications of this treatment can be seen on the edges of the specimens where the acid has selectively eaten away some layers of the smithsonite specimen more than others. It has been argued by some that this treatment is really no different that the natural etching that many smithsonite specimens receive naturally in the ground from time to time. You will have to make up your own mind about this.


Smithsonite
Algeria
Constantine Province

Smithsonite 13.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Not an outstanding specimen, but it is the best of what is currently in our data base. Can someone tell us about the mine and its specimens?


Smithsonite
Argentina
Córdoba, Dumesnil, Malpaso Quarry

Smithsonite 6.5cm wide© JCLodovichi



Smithsonite
Australia
New South Wales, Yancowinna Co., Broken Hill

Smithsonite 6cm wide© Mark Rheinberger
Smithsonite & Cerussite 2cm wide© John Betts


Smithsonite
Australia
New South Wales, Yancowinna Co., Broken Hill, Block 14 opencut

Smithsonite on Coronadite 6.1cm wide© JSS



Smithsonite
Australia
New South Wales, Yancowinna Co., Broken Hill, Broken Hill Proprietary Mine (Proprietary Mine; BHP Mine)

Smithsonite 5.0cm tall© DSW 2011
Smithsonite on Coronadite 7.5cm wide©

Smithsonite on Coronadite ~18cm wide©

Smithsonite 8.5cm wide© crocoite.com
Smithsonite 4.2cm center© Weinrich Minerals

Smithsonite on Kaolinite 2.8cm© Compton
Smithsonite, Coronadite 5.2cm© Compton

The classic Smithsonite specimens from Broken Hill are the "rice grain" Smithsonites on the black Coronadite matrix. These are by far the most common specimens of Smithsonite that collectors are familiar with. The deposit at Broken Hill did produce other kinds of specimens, but green colored Smithsonite specimens like the one pictured here are very uncommon.


Smithsonite
Australia
New South Wales, Yancowinna Co., Broken Hill, Junction Mine

Smithsonite 3.9cm wide© Keith F Compton



Smithsonite
Australia
New South Wales, Yancowinna Co., Broken Hill, Kintore opencut

Smithsonite 2.5cm long© Vic Cloete



Smithsonite
Austria
Carinthia, Gailtaler Alpen & Karnische Alpen, Bleiberg District, Bad Bleiberg, Stefanie Mine

Smithsonite & Cerussite 4.5cm wide© Rudo


Taken under UV light?


Smithsonite
Belgium
Liège Province, Engis

Smithsonite 12cm tall© Paul De Bondt



Smithsonite
Belgium
Liège Province, Verviers, Plombières-Vieille Montagne (Plombières-Altenberg) District

Smithsonite 6cm wide© Peter Haas
Smithsonite ~8cm wide©


Smithsonite
Belgium
Liège Province, Verviers, Plombières-Vieille Montagne (Plombières-Altenberg) District, Kelmis, Moresnet, Vieille Montagne (Altenberg; Kelmisberg)
Smithsonite © Paul De Bondt
Smithsonite 12cm wide© Paul De Bondt

Smithsonite 9.4cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 7.2cm tall© Edward Rosenzweig


Smithsonite
Brazil
Minas Gerais, Vazante, Vazante Mine

Smithsonite 6cm wide© Brhounds



Smithsonite
China
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Hezhou Prefecture, Zhaoping Co., Xiafu dam construction site

Smithsonite 5.8cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 7.4cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 6.9cm tall© Rob Lavinsky



Smithsonite
Colombia
Valle del Cauca Department

Smithsonite 3.9cm© Daniel S. Yunis


We will replace this image with an image of the entire specimen if and when we can get one or with images of better specimens. Can someone tell us about this locality?


Smithsonite
Czech Republic
Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen), Plzeň Region, Plzeň (Pilsen), Merklín (Merklin)

Smithsonite 9.5cm wide© Jakub Jirásek



Smithsonite
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
Katanga (Shaba), Kengere, Kengere Mine

Smithsonite 10.4cm wide© Paul De Bondt


This Smithsonite specimen was personally collected by Gilbert Gauthier in the 50's. This is as good as Smithsonite specimens get from Kengere. Gilbert prospected the mine carefully and went twice a year to see what's up but was never able to find good specimens. The good ones where found in the middle 40's and where collected by the mine engineer in the upper levels. When Gilbert arrived at the mine, the upper levels where gone. Great specimens from the mine reached the market in 2005, probably by the mine engineer himself or one of his family members, but there were no good Smithsonite specimens among them. Kengere is a lead-zinc deposit like Kipushi without the cobalt, copper and germanium. Great specimens of cerussite and hemimorphite where found as well as medium to poor mimetite and smithsonite.
[Paul De Bondt 2012]


Smithsonite
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
Katanga (Shaba), Kipushi, Kipushi Mine (Prince Léopold Mine)

Smithsonite 6cm wide© Osana hervé

Smithsonite 7.4cm wide© Paul De Bondt

These are is a very good examples of Smithsonite from the Kipushi mine. The rice grain like crystals clearly visible in the first picture are more densely agglomerated in the second. I tot the second one from Joseph Lhoest who collected this himself in the upper levels of the mine. Smithsonite was abundant at Kipushi but no really great specimens where found.
[Paul De Bondt 2012]


Smithsonite
France
Aquitaine, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Smithsonite 9.4cm wide© Collectors Edge



Smithsonite
France
Languedoc-Roussillon, Gard, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Les Malines District, Les Vieux Travaux mine

Smithsonite xls on Hydrozincite FOV 11.35cm© Chollet Pascal



Smithsonite
France
Rhône-Alpes, Rhône, Le Bois d'Oingt, Chessy-les-Mines, Chessy copper mines

Smithsonite 3cm wide© jm.CLAUDE
Smithsonite 5cm wide©

Smithsonite 7cm tall© Arliguie M



Smithsonite
Germany
Bavaria, Upper Bavaria, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Mittenwald

Smithsonite 10cm wide© Jakub Jirásek



Smithsonite
Germany
Lower Saxony, Harz, Goslar, Rammelsberg, Rammelsberg Mine

Smithsonite 7cm wide© Paul Bongaerts



Smithsonite
Germany
Lower Saxony, Schaumburg, Rinteln, Rohden Quarry

Smithsonite 9cm tall© PMB



Smithsonite
Germany
North Rhine-Westphalia, Eifel, Mechernich, Mechernicher Bleiberg

Smithsonite 5.5cm wide© Volker Betz



Smithsonite
Greece
Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture, Lavrion (Laurion; Laurium) District

Smithsonite ~17cm wide©

Smithsonite ~11cm wide©
Smithsonite 10cm wide© Spirom

Smithsonite ~15cm tall©
Smithsonite 5cm tall© Ch. Spirom. & Greekrocks.com

Smithsonite ~7.5cm wide©
Smithsonite 6cm wide© Martins da Pedra

Smithsonite 7.9cm wide© Spirom.
Smithsonite 9.5cm wide© Spirom.

Smithsonite 5cm wide© Ch. Spirom. & Greekrocks.com
Smithsonite 5.1cm wide© Ch. Spirom. & Greekrocks.com

Smithsonite 5cm tall© Russell G. Rizzo
Smithsonite 5.5cm wide© Ch. Spirom. & Greekrocks.com

Smithsonite 7.2cm wide© Spirom.
Smithsonite 4.4cm wide© Spirom.

Smithsonite 7.9cm wide© Spirom.
Smithsonite 13.3cm tall© Weinrich

Smithsonite 9.2cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 19cm wide© Geol. Coll. U.C.L.

Smithsonite 6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 9.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 9cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 9cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 10.5cm tall© J.Scovil
Smithsonite 8cm tall© Y.Okazaki

Smithsonite 11cm tall© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals
Smithsonite on Fluorite 5cm wide© Michael Samouhos

As you can see from the many specimens of Smithsonite above, the mines at Lavrion have produced a wide variety of various colored Smithsonites. It may be the champion for the greatest variety of colors. Many years ago the wonderful colored specimens of cut and polished Smithsonites were apparently abundant and well known, but today it is very unusual to find a good example of these for sale. Perhaps someone who specializes in specimens from these ancient mines will tell us more about the specimens that this locality has produced.


Smithsonite
Greece
Attikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture, Lavrion (Laurion; Laurium) District, Lavrion District Mines, Agios Konstantinos [St Constantine] (Kamariza), Hilarion area, Kamariza Mines (Kamareza Mines), Hilarion Mine (Hilarion adit; Hilarion Mine No. 50)

Smithsonite 7cm wide© Geol. Coll. U.C.L.



Smithsonite
Ireland
Co. Clare, The Burren, Carron, Sheshodonnell East Mine

Smithsonite & Hydrozincite 5.5cm wide© Unitt
Smithsonite on Fluorite 5.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 7.2cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 18.4cm wide© Stephen Moreton
Smithsonite 4.8cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Who would have thought that Smithsonites of this quality have been produced from Ireland.


Smithsonite
Ireland
Co. Tipperary, Silvermines District, Mogul Mine (Garryard; International Mogul Mines)

Smithsonite 7.5cm wide© Barry Flannery



Smithsonite
Italy
Lombardy, Bergamo Province, Brembana Valley, Dossena, Paglio Pignolino Mine

Smithsonite 8cm wide©
Smithsonite after Calcite 16cm wide©


Smithsonite
Italy
Lombardy, Bergamo Province, Brembana Valley, Oltre il Colle, Vedra Valley, Zorzone Mine

Smithsonite 5.8cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Smithsonite
Italy
Sardinia

Smithsonite after Calcite 7.5cm tall© DSW 2011



Smithsonite
Italy
Sardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Iglesias

Smithsonite ~8cm wide©



Smithsonite
Italy
Sardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Iglesias, Masua, Masua Mine


Smithsonite ~22cm tall©
Smithsonite 10cm wide© Joseph Polityka
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Smithsonite ~24cm wide©

Smithsonite ~10cm tall©
Smithsonite @11 cm tall© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals

Smithsonite 8.2cm wide© Graziano Del Core
Smithsonite 9cm wide© Marco Macchieraldo

Yellow Smithsonites from the Masua Mine have been sought after by collectors for more than 100 years. The yellow cadmium rich smithsonite is unrivaled for producing beautiful banded bright yellow slabs. Much of the smithsonite from this locality is botryoidal and many stalactites of it were found. The stalactites don't look all that attractive but just try and find one for your collection. They are quite rare, probably because they could be cut up into attractive slabs that were easy to sell. The one stalactite pictured above has been cut in the long direction and it is the only one I have ever seen that has been cut like that.
[Rock Currier 2012]


Smithsonite
Italy
Sardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Iglesias, Monteponi Mine

Smithsonite 7.9cm wide© Collectors Edge
Smithsonite after Calcite 6cm wide© Rosenzweig

Smithsonite 9.5cm tall© Antonio Gamboni



Smithsonite
Italy
Sardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Iglesias, Punta della Torre, San Giovanni Mine

Smithsonite after Calcite 9cm wide©
Smithsonite after Calcite 15cm wide©

Smithsonite after Calcite ~14cm wide©
Smithsonite 10cm wide© Mauro Astolfi

Smithsonite 9cm wide
Smithsonite 11cm wide©


Smithsonite
Italy
Sardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Iglesias, Seddas Moddizzis Mine

Smithsonite 17cm wide© AL



Smithsonite
Kazakhstan
Kostanay Province (Qostanay Oblysy; Kostanai Oblast'), Shaimerden Zn deposit

Smithsonite 6.2cm wide© Pavel M. Kartashov



Smithsonite
Mexico
Chihuahua, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Santa Eulalia District

Smithsonite & Hemimorphite 6.5cm wide© Marin
Smithsonite 7.8cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 6cm wide© Christopher O'Neill
Smithsonite 6.2cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 8.4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 5.2cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite after Calcite 9.5cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 5.7cm wide© Trinity Mineral Co.
Smithsonite after Calcite 7.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite ~9cm wide© Alan Goldstein
Smithsonite 21cm wide© Sergio Romero

Smithsonite 3.7cm wide© 2007 JSS
Smithsonite & Hemimorphite 9.5cm© vasco trancoso

Smithsonite 32cm wide & 12.78kg© Charles Creekmur
Smithsonite 5.8cm wide©

Smithsonite from the mines at Santa Eulalia is fairly abundant and though fine examples are not that common. As you can see from the examples shown above and below it is found in a remarkably broad range of colors and associations.


Smithsonite
Mexico
Chihuahua, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Santa Eulalia District, East Camp, San Antonio Mine (San Antonio el Grande Mine)

Smithsonite 5.6cm tall© J.Scovil
Smithsonite 7.2cm tall© J.Scovil

Smithsonite & Hemimorphite 10.5cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 6cm wide© Carlos Pareja
Smithsonite 9cm wide© 1Joseph Polityka

Smithsonite 3.9cm tall© Danny Jones
Smithsonite 6cm wide© Eric Graff

Smithsonite & Hemimorphite 7.8cm wide© Weinrich
Smithsonite 7cm wide© Joseph Polityka

Smithsonite 8.4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 9.5cm wide© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals

Smithsonite 5.8cm wide© J.Scovil
Smithsonite 9.1cm wide© fabreminerals.com

Smithsonite 10cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 9.1cm wide© J.Scovil

Smithsonite 7.7cm tall© Weinrich
Smithsonite 6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Smithsonite
Mexico
Coahuila, Mun. de Sierra Mojada, Sierra Mojada

Smithsonite 16.4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 14.9cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 14.3cm wide© Weinrich



Smithsonite
Mexico
Durango, Mun. de Mapimí, Mapimí, Ojuela Mine

Smithsonite 6.3cm tall© J.Scovil
Smithsonite & Calcite 6.6cm wide©



Smithsonite
Mexico
Sinaloa, Mun. de Choix, Choix, El Refugio Mine

Smithsonite 8.3cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 5.9cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 9cm tall© finestminerals
Smithsonite 7.8cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 4cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts
Smithsonite 8.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 6.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 8.1cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 5.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 18.8cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 7.8cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 8.8cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 8.9cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 7.0cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 6.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 6.8cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 15.2cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 13.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 11.8cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 10.cm tall© J.Scovil

Smithsonite 7.4cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 13.7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
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Smithsonite 13cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 15cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Smithsonite from this mine was for a while fairly abundant during the 1990s and though most of the production produced was colored botryoidal material of not high quality you can see from the examples above that some very nice specimens were produced.


Smithsonite
Mexico
Sinaloa, Mun. de Choix, Choix, Santa Anita Mine

Smithsonite 9.8cm tall© fabreminerals.com
Smithsonite 6.5cm tall© fabreminerals.com

Smithsonite 5.5cm wide© fabreminerals.com
Smithsonite 9cm wide© Joseph A. Freilich

Smithsonite 9cm wide© fabreminerals.com
Smithsonite 6cm wide© fabreminerals.com


Smithsonite
Mexico
Zacatecas, Mun. de Concepción del Oro, Concepción del Oro, Socabon Mine

Smithsonite 5.2cm tall© Rob Lavinsky



Smithsonite
Mexico
Zacatecas, Mun. de Mazapil, Mazapil

Smithsonite ~6.5cm wide©



Smithsonite
Mexico
Zacatecas, Mun. de Zacatecas, Zacatecas

Smithsonite 4.5cm wide© Martins da Pedra



Smithsonite
Mexico
Zacatecas, Reyes Mine

Smithsonite 6.1cm tall© Rob Lavinsky



Smithsonite
Morocco
Oriental Region, Oujda-Angad Province, Touissit District

Smithsonite 6.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 5.7cm wide© Christian Bracke

Smithsonite 12.2cm wide©
Smithsonite 5.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 7cm wide© G. van der Veldt
Smithsonite 10.4cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Fine examples of smithsonite from Touissit are rare.


Smithsonite
Namibia
Karas Region, Lüderitz District, Rosh Pinah, Skorpion Mine

Smithsonite 9cm wide© Bill Dameron
Smithsonite 5.2cm wide.© David J. Eicher


Smithsonite
Namibia
Otjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Tsumeb
At most deposits, well crystallized smithsonite are rare, at Tsumeb they are fairly common place. It has produced such a variety that the examples shown below have been broken down in sections. The first section shows the cobaltoan rich pink Smithsonites, then the copper rich green ones and finally those of other colors. Some of the specimens shown below are about as good as the locality ever produced.

Pink Smithsonites
Smithsonite 7cm wide© YCL
Smithsonite 4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 8.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 5.9cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 5cm wide© Paul W. Kendall

Smithsonite 2.5cm wide© Michael C. Roarke
Smithsonite 5cm wide© Joseph A. Freilich LLC

Smithsonite 8cm wide©
Smithsonite 4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 8cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 6cm wide© Mark Rheinberger

Smithsonite 7.6cm tall© Edwards Minerals
Smithsonite 5cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 9.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 15cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 7.5cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 7.9cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
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Smithsonite 9cm tall© fabreminerals.com

Smithsonite ~7.5cm tall©
Smithsonite 8cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 6.2cm wide© Weinrich Minerals
Smithsonite ~7cm wide©

Smithsonite 8.4cm tall© fabreminerals.com


Green Smithsonites
Smithsonite 10cm tall© Joe Budd Photography
Smithsonite 7.2cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 10cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite on Cerussite 10cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite ~8cm wide©
Smithsonite 14cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite ~8cm tall©
Smithsonite & Cerussite ~8cm wide©
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Smithsonite & Cerussite 7cm wide© Marin Mineral

Smithsonite ~7cm wide©
Smithsonite 6.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 6.8cm tall© Weinrich
Smithsonite ~10cm wide©

Smithsonite 2.4cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 12cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Smithsonite of other colors

Smithsonite 3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 10cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 6.6cm tall© Y.Okazaki
Smithsonite after ? ~9cm tall©

Smithsonite 7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 10cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 17cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 8cm wide©

Smithsonite ~20cm tall©
Smithsonite after ? 13cm tall©
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Smithsonite ~5cm wide©

Smithsonite ~7cm tall©
Smithsonite ~ 5cm wide©
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Smithsonite 7.5cm wide© Weinrich

Smithsonite 11cm wide© Weinrich
Smithsonite ~10cm wide©


Smithsonite
Namibia
Otjozondjupa Region, Grootfontein District, Grootfontein

Smithsonite 6cm tall© Michael C. Roarke



Smithsonite
Namibia
Otjozondjupa Region, Grootfontein District, Berg Aukas (Berg Aukus)

Smithsonite 5cm wide© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals
Smithsonite 4.6cm wide© Weinrich Minerals, Inc.

Smithsonite 12cm wide© Th.Krassmann
Smithsonite 4.5cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts

Smithsonite 8.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 4.5cm tall© Dan Weinrich

Smithsonite 7.6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 13cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 9.9cm wide© Weinrich
Smithsonite 7.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 9cm wide© Weinrich Minerals, Inc.


The Berg Akus mine, located not far from Tsumeb also produced many good Smithsonite specimens.


Smithsonite
New Zealand
North Island, Te Aroha, Tui Mine

Smithsonite FOV 9mm© Judy Rowe



Smithsonite
Poland
Małopolskie, Olkusz District, Olkusz, Pomorzany Mine

Smithsonite 8cm wide© Jakub Jirásek



Smithsonite
Portugal
Beja District, Moura, Sobral da Adiça, Preguiça Mine

Smithsonite 3cm wide?© Rui Nunes 2005
Smithsonite 6cm wide© Martins da Pedra



Smithsonite
Slovenia
Mežica (Miess), Mežica Mines

Smithsonite 7.8cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Smithsonite
South Africa
Northern Cape Province, Aggeneys, Broken Hill mine

Smithsonite 6cm wide© Rockpick Legend Co.



Smithsonite
Spain
Andalusia, Granada, Albuñuelas

Smithsonite 8.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Smithsonite
Spain
Cantabria, Udías, Sel del Haya Mine

Smithsonite 8cm wide© JRGL
Smithsonite 4cm wide© Martins da Pedra


Smithsonite
Spain
Murcia, Sierra de Cartagena, La Unión, San Valentín Mine (San Valentín Quarry)

Smithsonite 6cm tall© fabreminerals.com
Smithsonite 5cm tall© fabreminerals.com

Smithsonite 5.3cm wide© fabreminerals.com
Smithsonite 5cm wide© fabreminerals.com


Smithsonite
Tunisia
Zaghouan Governorate, Zriba-Village, Hammam-Zriba Mine

Smithsonite 11cm tall© Stephen Moreton
Smithsonite 8cm wide© Stephen Moreton


Smithsonite
Turkey
Mediterranean Region, Adana Province, Tufanbeyli, Akçal

Smithsonite 7cm wide© PMB



Smithsonite
UK
England, Cumbria, North and Western Region (Cumberland), North Pennines, Alston Moor District

Smithsonite 8cm wide©



Smithsonite
UK
England, Cumbria, South Eastern Region (Westmorland), North Pennines, Escarpment District, Hilton, Scordale, Hilton Mine

Smithsonite after ? 9.1cm tall© www.e-rocks.com
Smithsonite after ? 9.1cm wide© www.e-rocks.com


Smithsonite
UK
England, North Yorkshire, North Pennines, Pateley Bridge District, Greenhow, Coldstones Quarry

Smithsonite after Calcite 6cm wide© HW
Smithsonite after Calcite ~6cm wide© HW


Smithsonite
USA
Arizona, Cochise Co., Dragoon Mts, Turquoise District (Courtland-Gleeson District), Gleeson, Costello Mine group (Costello claims), Silver Bill Mine

Smithsonite 5cm wide© J.Scovil
Smithsonite 3.4cm wide© Michael Cline


Smithsonite
USA
Arizona, Cochise Co., Mule Mts, Warren District, Bisbee

Smithsonite 7.2cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Smithsonite
USA
Arizona, Coconino Co., Grandview District, Grand Canyon National Park, Horseshoe Mesa, Cape Royal, Grand View Mine (Last Chance Mine; No. 1 Pat claim 3591; No. 5 Pat claim 3592a; No. 4 Pat claim 3592a; Canyon Copper Mine; Grand Canyon Mine)

Smithsonite 3.4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Smithsonite
USA
Arizona, Gila Co., Dripping Spring Mts, Banner District

Smithsonite 4.8cm wide© Weinrich Minerals, Inc.
Smithsonite 8.1cm wide© Weinrich Minerals, Inc.

Smithsonite 5.7cm wide© Weinrich
Smithsonite 6.6cm wide© Weinrich Minerals, Inc.


Smithsonite
USA
Arizona, Gila Co., Dripping Spring Mts, Banner District, Hayden area, Chilito, 79 Mine (79th Mine; Seventy-Nine Mine; Seventy-Nine property; McHur prospect)

Smithsonite 5.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 3.7cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 6.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 5.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 8.8cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 8.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
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Smithsonite 9.8cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 5cm wide© Russell G. Rizzo
Smithsonite 4.7cm tall© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals

Smithsonite & Calcite 5.4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 7cm wide©

Smithsonite 6.2cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 7.6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 9.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 11.4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 9.5cm wide© Weinrich
Smithsonite 9.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite & Calcite 6.8cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 7.1cm tall© Rob Lavinsky


Smithsonite
USA
Arizona, Mohave Co., Hualapai (Hualpai) Mts, Hualapai District, Arrastra Mt., Antler Mine (Antler Gold Mine; Spuyten Duyvel Mine)

Smithsonite 8.8cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 13.2cm tall© J.Scovil


Smithsonite
USA
Arizona, Pima Co., Waterman Mts, Waterman District, Silver Hill District, Silver Hill, Silver Hill Mine group

Smithsonite 8cm wide© Renee Teresa Polityka
Smithsonite on Calcite 3cm wide©

Smithsonite 4.1cm wide© WS-09
Smithsonite 3.1cm wide© Peter Hargis


Smithsonite
USA
Arizona, Pinal Co., Mammoth District, Tiger, St. Anthony deposit, Mammoth-Saint Anthony Mine (Mammoth-St Anthony Mine; Mammoth Mine; St. Anthony Mine)

Smithsonite ~7cm wide© 2008 Bruce Murphy
Smithsonite @7cm wide© 2008 Bruce Murphy

Smithsonite ~6cm wide©


Good specimens of Smithsonite from Tiger are quite rare.


Smithsonite
USA
Arizona, Santa Cruz Co., Santa Rita Mts, Tyndall District, Cottonwood Canyon, Amado, Devil's Cash Box ridge, Glove Mine (Sunrise Mine), Glove Mine group (Zombie & Zeco claims; Festiago-Franklin; Blacksmith adit)

Smithsonite 7.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 8cm wide© 2001 John H. Betts


Smithsonite
USA
Arkansas, Marion Co., Rush Creek District

Smithsonite 7cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite after Dolomite 6.7cm tall© Lavinsky

Smithsonite 5.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite ~6cm wide©

Smithsonite after Dolomite ~7.5cm wide©
Smithsonite 6.4cm wide© Weinrich

Smithsonite after Dolomite ~10cm wide©
Smithsonite ~8cm wide©

Smithsonite ~8cm wide©
Smithsonite after Dolomite 8.4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


The cadmium rich yellow Smithsonites from the Rush Creek District can on occasion rival the best specimens of their yellow cousins from Sardinia. The fine yellow specimens of Smithsonite after Dolomite are particularly desirable.


Smithsonite
USA
Arkansas, Marion Co., Rush Creek District, Morning Star Mine

Smithsonite 3.5cm wide©
Smithsonite 6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 14.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 14cm wide© 2003 John H. Betts


Smithsonite
USA
Arkansas, Marion Co., Rush Creek District, Rush, Philadelphia mine

Smithsonite after Dolomite 9cm wide© Weinrich
Smithsonite after Dolomite 9cm wide© Weinrich

Smithsonite after Dolomite 4.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 5.2cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Smithsonite
USA
Arkansas, Marion Co., Rush Creek District, Rush, Monte Cristo mine ("Monte Christo" mine)

Smithsonite 2.7cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite after Dolomite 3.2cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Smithsonite
USA
Arkansas, Marion Co., Rush Creek District, Rush

Smithsonite @ Dolomite 6.7cm© Lavinsky
Smithsonite after Dolomite 11.8cm wide© Weinrich


Smithsonite
USA
California, Inyo Co., Inyo Mts (Inyo Range)

Smithsonite 9cm wide© David J. Eicher



Smithsonite
USA
Kentucky, Crittenden Co., Illinois - Kentucky Fluorspar District, Marion

Smithsonite 7.7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 7.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Smithsonite
USA
Missouri, Jasper Co., Tri-State District, Joplin Field, Gobbler Mine

Smithsonite 9cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Smithsonite
USA
Missouri, Jasper Co., Tri-State District, Oronogo Field


Smithsonite 6.6cm tall© Dan & Diana Weinrich Minerals
Smithsonite 4.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
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Smithsonite 9.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky


Smithsonite
USA
New Mexico, Grant Co., Burro Mountains District, Tyrone Area, Tyrone Mine

Smithsonite on Chrysocolla 7cm wide© FL Murray



Smithsonite
USA
New Mexico, Socorro Co., Hansonburg District, Bingham, Blanchard Mine (Portalas-Blanchard Mine)

Smithsonite ~7cm wide© 2008 Peter Cristofono



Smithsonite
USA
New Mexico, Socorro Co., Magdalena District, Kelly Mine

Smithsonite ~7cm wide©
Smithsonite ~12cm tall©

Smithsonite 6cm wide© 2002 John H. Betts
Smithsonite 6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 9.3cm wide© Mario Pauwels
Smithsonite 8.5cm wide© Crystal Classics

Smithsonite 5cm tall© 2002 John H. Betts
Smithsonite 12.1cm tall© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 20cm wide©
Smithsonite 12.8cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite ~6cm tall©
Smithsonite 7.4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
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Smithsonite 23.5cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 9.4cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 12.6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite ~12cm wide© 2008 Peter Cristofono
Smithsonite 11cm wide© Mark Mauthner

Smithsonite 14.6cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 10.1cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite ~23cm wide©
Smithsonite 16.5 cm wide© Weinrich

Smithsonite 5.8cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 13.8cm wide© Weinrich

Smithsonite 9.8cm tall© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite & Aurichalcite 5cm wide© Weinrich

Smithsonite ~3cm tall©
Smithsonite on Aurichalcite 3cm wide © Betts

Smithsonite ~12 cm wide©
Smithsonite 9cm wide© www.donpekerocks.com

Smithsonite ~20cm wide©


The blue to blue green Smithsonites because of their color are particularly appealing to collectors and fine specimens of Kelly Smithsonite can bring tens of thousands of dollars. They used to be fairly common, but the good ones are becoming hard to get at any price.


Smithsonite
USA
Oklahoma, Ottawa Co., Tri-State District

Smithsonite 1.5 meters wide



Smithsonite
USA
Pennsylvania, Lehigh Co., Upper Saucon Township, Saucon Valley, Friedensville, Ueberroth Mine

Smithsonite 7.5cm wide© 1Joseph Polityka



Smithsonite
USA
Tennessee, Jefferson Co., Mascot-Jefferson City Zinc District, New Market, New Market Mine (Asarco New Market Mine)

Smithsonite 5.1cm wide© Jasun McAvoy



Smithsonite
USA
Utah, Beaver Co., San Francisco Mts, San Francisco District (Frisco District)

Smithsonite after Calcite ~7cm wide©



Smithsonite
USA
Utah, Beaver Co., Star Range, Star and North Star Districts, Moscow Mine (Old Moscow/New Moscow)

Smithsonite 6cm wide© Rockpick Legend Co.



Smithsonite
USA
Utah, Tooele Co., Oquirrh Mts, Ophir District, Ophir Hill area, Hidden Treasure Mine (Sacramento; Chicago)

Smithsonite 7cm wide© Rob Lavinsky
Smithsonite 9.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky

Smithsonite 12cm wide© Weinrich



Smithsonite
USA
Washington, Stevens Co.

Smithsonite 6cm tall© Karl Volkman 2002



Smithsonite
USA
Wisconsin, Iowa Co., Upper Mississippi Valley District, Mineral Point

Smithsonite ~16cm tall©
Smithsonite after Calcite ~6cm tall©

Smithsonite ~11cm wide©
Smithsonite after Calcite 7.6cm wide© Weinrich

Smithsonite after Calcite 13cm© Lavinsky
Smithsonite after Calcite 12.3cm wide© Rob Lavinsky



Smithsonite
Zambia
Central Province, Kabwe (Broken Hill), Kabwe Mine (Broken Hill Mine)

Smithsonite 7.8cm wide© Weinrich Minerals, Inc.



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First draft of Smithsonite article completed 30 April 2012 Rock Currier

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.



Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 05/02/2012 11:13AM by Rock Currier.
Re: Smithsonite
May 18, 2012 08:28PM
Outstanding work. What a great piece, congratulations. I used to collect the Kelly mine in the 1970's for smithsonite, still have a few pieces in my collection. You have done an outstanding job showing some very impressive specimens of smithsonite from around the world. Thanks again for a well done article.

Bob
avatar Re: Smithsonite
May 18, 2012 08:34PM
Bob,
These articles can always be better. Can you make some suggestions for improving it? When we write these articles, we always feel inadequate because most of the localities we have never been to nor have we collected there so we realize that we know next to nothing about them. This leaves us only the job of selecting the images and putting them in order and making them look nice with one another. For example although I am somewhat interested in smithsonite, I was only in the Kelly mine once and didn't have time to get to know it very well. It is a huge place and would take many days to explore well.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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