Smithsonite – San Antonio Mine, Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles
This beautiful, blue Smithsonite exhibits the rare
“rice grain” crystal habit. The gorgeous little crystals take on the shape of rice grains leading to
a fascinating sample of the species.The
locality on this particular specimen is the San Antonio Mine in Mexico.
The dimensions of the specimen are 3.5 x 1.5 x 3.8 cm.
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The Dioptase center actually looks greener in person! For some reason the picture captures it as blue but it is a sparkly shiny green color with Chrysocolla around it. The Chrysocolla you is is the actual color.
Cluster of bipyramidal CALCITE crystals with a maroon color, most likely from inclusions of iron. The largest crystal is 1.5 inches in length. The specimen is museum size, 6.1 inches in length.This specimen is from the collection of Roger Maynard. Roger is a friend and was a long-time geologist with the US Geological Survey.