6.30 ct. New Mexico Smithsonite
The Kelly Mine, near Magdalena, New Mexico, is one of the most famous deposits of Smithsonite in the world. The mine has produced many world class Smithsonite mineral specimens, notable for both their startling forms and unbelievable color. The intense green-blue of Smithsonite from this locality is essentially unique - some specimen examples can be viewed here.
As with most deposits that are best known for
producing specimens, it is uncommon to find facet grade rough on the market - if
a piece has specimen potential, it is rarely ever 'sacrificed' for cutting.
Well, we are certainly glad that this piece made it to the cutter, it is a
superbly cut gem with that glorious color. The polish us superb and the
luster it has brought out is wonderful. The level of transparency is almost
startling, it is fully translucent which allows light to entire and diffuse
throughout - the result of this is a somewhat ethereal glow to the piece.