Species: Smithsonite & Aurichalcite
Locality: Yanga Koubenza Quarries, M’Fouati, Bouenza Department, Republic of the Congo
Dimensions: 8.0 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm
The M’Fouati Mining District in the Republic of the Congo has been famous by mineral collectors for many years for its world-class specimens of dioptase, wulfenite, cerussite, and more, going back to colonial times. More recently, a series of exciting new mineral finds has taken place in the area, with perhaps the most interesting being several fairly small pockets of gorgeous intense blue cuprian smithsonite, often associated with aurichalcite. The color, luster, and aurichalcite association on these beautiful new smithsonite specimens immediately brings to mind the famous Kelly mine, New Mexico material, which is highly sought by collectors and museums. This is a chance to obtain a specimen every bit as aesthetic as a Kelly mine classic, at a fraction of the price. These smithsonites have stunning color, great luster, and striking 3-dimensional form. This is a choice example from this new find, hand-selected from a small batch of specimens not publicly shown. The aurichalcite association makes for a beautiful color combination as well. A handsome specimen that is sure to be a future classic Mark Cross photo.