Botryoidal growth of rich, lemon-yellow smithsonite from a now exhausted locale. The appealing coloration comes from the presence of cadmium within the crystal lattice. Cadmium-bearing smithsonite has been found at a few localities worldwide, though I can only think of one or two others that had this rich yellow hue to them. Color aside, my favorite thing about this piece is the smooth rolling luster that goes all across. Front face is all in fantastic shape, there is peripheral damage on the sides, and the specimen is sawed flat on the back. 



Weinan, near Wenshan, Yunnan, China



6.3 x 4.7 x 2.7 cm