Fluorite, Sphalerite
Elmwood mine, Carthage, Central Tennessee Ba-F-Pb-Zn District, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Large Cabinet, 21.3 x 18.2 x 10.9 cm
A large (9.7 cm on edge) and highly dramatic lilac colored cube of fluorite sits atop a crystallized mound of reddish-brown sphalerite from the Elmwood mine in Tennessee. The fluorite itself is amazingly sharp, with good gemminess and light color zoning (ranging between lilac and colorless), but it's the incredible size and quality of the piece that makes it so significant. The secondary cube on the side of the specimen is a nice accent to this attractive large cabinet specimen. This piece is close to 30 years old, and is a significant US fluorite, especially coming from this prominent and celebrated zinc ore body.