4.3" Gemmy, Twinned Calcite Crystals On Matrix - Elmwood Mine

 

Here are some beautiful, gemmy, golden-yellow, twinned calcite crystals from the famous Elmwood mine. They are still attached to the dolostone matrix with some small Sphalerite crystals.

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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Calcite
LOCATION
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee
SIZE
Crystals 4.3", entire piece 6.2"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#63370