El Refugio Mine, Choix, Sinaloa, Mexico
Choix has produced some of the world's great Smithsonites, though they only came out in a few large finds over the decades, and nothing good has come out since the late 1990s. Pink Smithsonite completely blankets a three-dimensional, knobby matrix on this colorful specimen from the El Refugio Mine. This mine produced a variety of intensely colored Smithsonite sporadically over a period of 50 years. The pinks and hot pinks, like this piece, are the most classic and sought after. This one has a particularly rich, saturated pink color with a scintillating surface luster. The individual knobs or botryoids range from 1.5 to 4 cm across, and all exhibit a distinct translucence. This weighs just over 1 kilogram (2.33 pounds) and represents carving-grade pink Smithsonite that is evenly colored and so beautiful. This piece comes with a custom engraved lucite base for display.
Measurements: 5.87 x 4.88 x 1.81 inches (14.90 x 12.40 x 4.60 cm)
Provenance: The Collection of a Southern Gentleman
Estimated Gallery Pricing: $7,500
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