Hardness: 4.0 - 4.5
Specific Gravity: 4.43
Characteristics: Usually brown or blue amoung other colors; perfect rhombohedral cleavage; subconchoidal fracture; pearly, vitreous luster; transparent to translucent.
Found in zinc deposits, especially, in carbonate rocks.
Smithsonite is used as a minor ore of zinc and as mineral specimen.
(Primary text: Perkins, D. 2002. Mineralogy. Prentice Hall.)