Fluorite on Sphalerite
Elmwood Mine, Smith County, Carthage, Tennessee, USA
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 6.6 x 5.8 cm
A large, single crystal of translucent, rich purple, measuring 4.5 cm across sits on a matrix of splendent sphalerite with orange highlights. There is very minor contact/corner cleave on the back side near the matrix, if you sit the piece up with the sphalerite on the bottom; or the partial corner is rather on the bottom as shown here. Either way, it does not detract too much from the display options, and the piece is quite nice for the price and size range.