Fluorite on Sphalerite
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, USA
Small Cabinet, 9.1 x 8.0 x 5.3 cm
A matrix of translucent, red-flecked, sphalerite with crystals to .7 cm across, is the host for two, large, translucent, pastel purple cubes of fluorite, to 4.2 cm across. The fluorite crystals have varying luster and the large crystal even has a few colorless calcite crystal on it that reach .4 cm across. The fluorites are very interesting and unusual in that they are so colorless - few fluorites from this locality are not some shade of deeper purple. Dramatic large piece, I think!