Rare Kelly Mine smithsonite, Magdalena District, Socorro County, New Mexico
This is a beautiful specimen of vibrant blue smithsonite crystals from the famous Kelly mine in Magdalena, Socorro County, New Mexico. The central chamber is filled with wonderful blue small grape-like globs of smithsonite. Truly unique. Excellent Display piece.
Kelly mine smithsonites are highly sought after and prized by collectors and museums for their beauty and rarity. The incredible color and beautiful crystals always make these smithsonite specimens easy to identify.
This piece was part of a geologists collection we purchased from estate. It retains the geologist’s inventory number hand painted on the matrix as you can see in one of the photos by looking at the top of the piece.
smithsonite is the mineral form of zinc carbonate (ZnCO3). It is also known as zinc spar or turkey fat. smithsonite is a variably colored trigonal mineral which only rarely is found in well formed crystals. The typical habit is as earthy botryoidal masses.
Approximate Weight: 8.625 oz or 244g
Approximate Size: 3.75 in x 3 in x 1.5 in or 95 x 76 x 38 mm
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