Fluorite on Sphalerite
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA
Miniature, 5.2 x 4.0 x 3.0 cm
After the closing of the Elmwood Mine a few years back, the supply of good specimens quite predictably dried up quickly on the market. Here is an exquisite example of the purple fluorites the mine is famous for, on a matrix of sphalerite (the zinc ore that was the reason for the Elmwood in the first place). There are a dozen little jewel-like crystals here, to 0.7 cm.