3" Botryoidal Green Smithsonite & Calcite Association - Greece

This is a breathtaking formation of forest-green, botryoidal smithsonite that was collected from the Sounion #6 Mine in Attica, Greece. It's part of a recent deposit discovery which was collected from November of 2020 to January 2021. These lustrous smithsonite aggregations formed in association with white calcite, quartz, and a small amount of blue-green rosasite which can be located on what could be considered the underside of the specimen. Truly a collector quality smithsonite specimen!

It has been mounted to an acrylic display base.

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.
Smithsonite, Quartz & Calcite
Sounion #6 Mine, Lavrion Mining District, Attica, Greece
3 x 1.7"