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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