3.25" Botryoidal Bubblegum Pink Smithsonite - Mexico

This is a botryoidal formation of translucent bubblegum-pink smithsonite, collected from Choix in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico. This smithsonite specimen gains its pink color from cobalt.

Smithsonite forms in earthy botryoidal masses, sometimes forming grape-like structures. It can be found as a secondary mineral in oxidation zones of zinc ore deposits, in some sedimentary deposits, and as an oxidation product of sphalerite. The general chemical formula of smithsonite is ZnCO3, however Fe (iron), Mg (magnesium), Ca (calcium), Cd (cadmium), Cu (copper), and Co (cobalt) can take the place of Zn (zinc). This potential for elemental variation results in smithsonite's wide variety of colors, including blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, brown, gray, white, and colorless.

FOR SALE
$65 $55
DETAILS
SPECIES
Smithsonite
LOCATION
Choix, Choix Municipality, Sinaloa, Mexico
SIZE
3.25 x 1.95"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#255911