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Mineral Specimen #4844    Yellow Smithsonite " Wedge of Lemon Pie "

Wenshan, Yunnan Province, China

Something new, bright yellow Smithsonite from China reminiscent of the classic material from Sardinia. This specimen and a few others were featured in the show report on mindat from the recent Denver show which can be seen by clicking here . While at the show, this particular specimen was repeatedly commented upon as looking like a piece or wedge of lemon pie. The yellow is a layer between 3 and 4 mm thick above a layer of white Smithsonite between 8 and 9 mm thick. The yellow surface of the specimen has a dull luster although from the side, both colors of Smithsonite exhibit good luster (the white material has a better luster). Like yellow Smithsonite from other locations, the color is likely due to micro inclusions of Cadmium likely in the form of Greenockite. One piece of evidence for this assumption is indicated by how bright the yellow is when photographed with a digital camera which necessitates decreasing the saturation in the photos to realistically portray the specimen. This has been the same case with yellow Smithsonite with included Greenockite from Arkansas, Mexico and Ireland. There are sulfides in small amounts present in the gray matrix.

Condition: Very Good

Flaws: There is some very minor scuffing on the surfac, barely noticeable.

9.8 x 7.8 x 3.2 cm


This mineral is also found in the following galleries: Minerals From China | Carbonates | Minerals Priced Between 300 and 499 Dollars