Smithsonite was named after James Smithson, the benefactor of the Smithsonian Institute. Smithsonite is the new name for Calamine. It was renamed after the founder of the Smithsonian Institution, James Smithson in 1832.
Smithsonite is a secondary mineral formed from the alteration of primary zinc minerals in the oxidization zone.
It is sometimes polished and used as an ornamental stone, where it is known as "Bonamite".
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Smithsonite was used as the principal source of Zinc till the 1880's.
Namibia, Tsumeb, Broken Hill Mine in Zambia, South America, Europe, Kelly Mine in Magdalena, and New Mexico.