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    Smithsonite
    Masua Mine, Masua, Iglesias, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Sardinia, Italy

    "A 3.5 inch stalactite of yellow smithsonite about an inch thick at its base. These are very rare. Probably less than three or four in the United States. I traded this specimen from the George Vaux collection at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia when Harold Arndt was curator of the collections there."
    - Rock H. Currier

    Depending on whether you count the polished slices that appear from time to time in collections or whether you only count complete stalactites, makes a big difference in absolute numbers of these things. With regard to complete stalactites he's probably not far off. Much like Capillitas Mine Rhodochrosite stalactites, people just can't resist cutting them up. They do have really cool banding! But cutting this one up would be like burning a Bristlecone Pine for firewood. There is a custom acrylic base and the original Ward's Scientific label from the Vaux collection.
    Overall Measurements: 3.7 x 1.4 x 1.2 inches (9.5 x 3.5 x 3.0 cm)
    Offered at no reserve

    Provenance: Ex. Bryn Mawr College, Ex. George Vaux Collections [RHC #1872, acquired 1972]

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


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    August, 2019
    26th Monday
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