3.4" Purple Cubic Fluorite Crystals on Sphalerite - Elmwood Mine
This is an alluring specimen of purple cubic fluorite crystals that are naturally associated with lustrous black sphalerite crystals. This natural association comes from the Elmwood Mine in Carthage, Tennessee.
The Elmwood Mine is a zinc mine in Carthage, Tennessee which opened in 1969, before being 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.