1.3" Gemmy, Twinned Calcite Crystal On Sphalerite - Elmwood Mine

Here is a gorgeous, gemmy, tangerine twinned calcite crystal from the famous Elmwood mine. This large crystal and a plethora of smaller calcite crystals are perched atop a cluster of lustrous sphalerite crystals.

The Elmwood Mine is a zinc mine in Carthage, Tennessee that opened in 1969. It then closed for many years, only to be reopened in 2010. It has produced many world class specimens of fluorite, calcite, barite, and galena over the years. Specimens used to be plentiful as miners were allowed to recover specimens, but collecting is strictly prohibited by the new mine owners. They've gone to great lengths to prevent the mining of specimens, including blasting crystal pockets or filling them with slurry.

Calcite & Sphalerite
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee
Calcite: 1.3" wide, Entire specimen: 3 x 2.4"