Sphalerite on Quartz
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 4.5 x 4.2 cm
Ex. Douglas and Diane Ervin

What a splendid Sphalerite piece from the zinc mines in Elmwood, Tennessee. The quality is superb - there are many gemmy, complex, red-brown Sphalerite crystals to 2.2cm across as single crystals or clusters of two or three crystals (twinned?!) that are nicely isolated on a drusy Quartz matrix for incredible effect! The deep red-brown internal reflections of the gem Sphalerite crystals are mesmerizing! Great composition! Ex. Douglas and Diane Ervin collection with label. From the heyday here in the 1980s.

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