Large Cabinet, 16.5 x 9.9 x 5.0 cm
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, USA

This one reminds me of a sailing ship! This very aesthetic cluster of gemmy, cognac-colored calcite crystals are perched on a sliver of limestone matrix. The twinned and doubly-terminated crystal on the left measures 12 cm across while the crystal on the right exhibits 5 multi-forked crystal tips. Only very minor bruising on two crystal tips keeps this specimen from being totally pristine but these are so trivial in context it does not detract. Unusual shape and superb crystal architecture, combined with a very high glassy luster and the sharp twinning, make this a fine cabinet piece (especially for the price range!) !

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