Fluorite And Sphalerite
Elmwood Mine, Smith County, Carthage, Tennessee, USA
Large Cabinet, 21.5 x 12.7 x 10.5 cm

This large specimen features a cluster of nearly colorless (with interesting dark specks), gemmy fluorite crystals, to 7.5 cm across, perched on splendent, black sphalerite. There is even thin gray color zoning at the terminations of the fluorites. Except for some minor contacting around the edges of the fluorites, they are actually complete around the back due to microcrystallization covering the surface where they must have previously broken off fomr the matrix attached to the back of them. This makes them very translucent, compared to crystals which might be more 3-dimensional in back but hav ethe same frontal breadth to them. There are a few small cleaves here and there, but trivial in context and hard to see as well, so I do not think that there is damage of note, although there are some few small defects. Nevertheless, the price on this impressively-sized specimen is also adjusted down, anyhow: and so I think it is a LOT of matrix fluorite for the money, here