Fluorite, Sphalerite
Gordonsville Mine, Carthage, Central Tennessee Ba-F-Pb-Zn District, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Cabinet, 11.1 x 7.6 x 6.5 cm
Bright, lustrous, black, sphalerite crystals to 1.5 cm across, form the matrix for a magnificent, translucent, deep purple fluorite cube (2 inches or 5 cm across!). The equant fluorite even exhibits slight color zoning at the crystal's edges for added visual impact. I know this is "just" fluorite and sphalerite, once common from the mine, but try to find a better one for the price today and you will be hard pressed. This specimen is superb in its aesthetics and even when the mine was producing would have been a top-notch specimen 11.1 x 7.6 x 6.5 cm