Dims: 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.3" (2.3 x 2.3 x 0.8 cm)
Wt: 16.8 g w/ specimen box
Tsumeb Mine, Namibia
This small thumbnail specimen consists of a small crust that is made up of rounded but definitely crystalline Smithsonite. These crystals do not exceed 0.2" (5 mm) in diameter and are generally in very good condition, as damage is confined to the crystals on the edges of the crust. They have good trigonal form, with moderately well-defined edges and clean faces, but I cannot determine what particular form this is, as the crystals appear to have taken on an almost cubic form! They have a pale pink coloration and a bright pearly-to-vitreous luster, and are dimly transparent. The underside of the crust is coated with a layer of very small black crystals that have a rather dull submetallic luster- besides this, there is no host rock. The specimen is hot-glued to the inside of a cubic plastic specimen box.