6.7" Cubic Fluorite Crystals on Matrix - Elmwood Mine

 
 
This is a beautiful specimen of cubic fluorite crystals on a gray matrix. The fluorite contains deep purple coloration throughout all of the crystals, while still maintaining nice translucence.

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.


Fluorite is a halide mineral comprised of calcium and fluorine, CaF2. The word fluorite is from the Latin fluo-, which means "to flow". In 1852 fluorite gave its name to the phenomenon known as fluorescence, or the property of fluorite to glow a different color depending upon the bandwidth of the ultraviolet light it is exposed to. Fluorite occurs commonly in cubic, octahedral and dodecahedral crystals in many different colors. These colors range from colorless and completely transparent to yellow, green, blue, purple, pink or black. Purples and greens tend to be the most common colors seen.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Fluorite
LOCATION
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee
SIZE
6.7" wide, 2.9" tall, largest fluorite cube 1.1" wide
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#89955