Fluorite, Sphalerite
Elmwood mine, Carthage, Central Tennessee Ba-F-Pb-Zn District, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.9 x 6.6 x 4.9 cm
Sparkling ruby-jack sphalerite microcrystals preferentially and richly dust two intergrown fluorite cubes from the Elmwood Mine. The translucent cubes are very faintly yellow and have faint purple highlights and the lustrous, stepped-growth faces have a striking, cross-hatched pattern. Top it off with the ruby-jack sphalerites and you have a very fine specimen from this renowned locale. Nearly colorless fluorites, such as this, are not that common from Elmwood.