Smithsonite – Lavender to Purple Varieties from the Refugio Mine



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 This specimen is from the Refugio Mine in Choix, Choix, Sinaloa, Mexico. This mine is famous for the smithsonite specimens recovered and offered on the market by Benny Fenn. Smithsonite is a carbonate mineral containing the elements Zn, C, and O. It is found in the oxidation zones of zinc ore deposits. This locale produced ( no longer in operation ) a wide variety of colors and multiple color combinations of the mineral. This specimen has a lavender to purple color and a vitreous luster. It is a thin piece that contains deposits on both sides. There is some pink and green smithsonite on the piece also. It measures 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 1 2/16 inches or 95 x 70 x 30 mm.

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Weight10 oz