Fluorite With Sphalerite on Dolomite
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, USA
Cabinet, 14.6 x 10.6 x 8.1 cm
Ex. Dr. Ed David; Dr. Steve Neely
This has, like the above, a bit of sentimental history for me. It is a piece I have known about and followed for a long time, and always regarded as one of the finest for its type, if not the biggest or most expensive out there. I finally own it now, from the Ed David collection. He had bought it from Collectors Edge in 1997 when it came out of Steve Neely's incredibly fine and noted Elmwood collection suite. It features three gorgesou, colorful crystals to 2 inches (5 cm) on edge, perched gracefully and isolated on contrasting sphalerite matrix. The sphalerite is in turn perched upon a shard of dolomite rock that becomes a perfect natural pedestal for the piece as displayed on a custom lucite base we have made for it. Moreover, the style of the fluorites is worth commenting on. This type, with the glassy smooth corners, is among the rarest style of Elmwood fluorite to find on matrix and truly oustanding specimens like this one are few and far between! This one was already owned in the last 15 years by two of the great collectors of our time, both good friends of mine. I would love to see it find a third home and continue to add to its pedigree! The pics do not convey, by the way, the brilliant sparkle and luster of the underlaying sphalerite knoll. BETTER AND MORE 3-DIMENSIONAL In PERSON!