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Smithsonite has often been confused with Hemimorphite, and the two were believed the be the same species for a long time. In 1832 it was officially named Smithsonite after James Smithson, the British mineralogist and benefactor of the famous Smithsonian Institute in Washington. It can be found in a wide range of colours, Cadmium creating yellow crystals, Cobalt creating the pinks and purples whilst Copper results in blue or green specimens.

Smithsonite is believed to boost psychic abilities, providing a sense of clarity and focus. By promoting a state of relaxation and mental clarity, Smithsonite can enhance one's spiritual journey and provide a peaceful atmosphere for self-reflection and personal growth. It is also believed to have a purifying effect on the aura, clearing away negative energies and promoting a sense of renewal.

Alternative Names Aztec Stone, Bonamite
Colour Pink, White, Purple, Yellow, Blue, Green, Brown
Hardness 4 - 4.5
Crystal system Trigonal
Streak White
Lustre Vitreous, Pearly
Main Locations Namibia, Zambia, USA
Chakra Heart, Throat
Zodiac Pisces, Virgo
Numerology 7
Planetary Neptune
Element Water

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Smithsonite Specimen #2

Smithsonite Specimen #2


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