Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, USA

Dimensions (H x W x D)

16.5 cm x 25 cm x 8.5 cm


4.368 kg

Description & Provenance

The Elmwood Mine is situated in a large, limestone-hosted, hydrothermal, zinc-bearing deposit in Tennessee (USA). The mine is widely known among mineral collectors as a classic American locale that has produced excellent fluorite specimens in an array of colors, as well as golden, twinned calcites. In recent years, however, increased foreign ore production has meant a decline in the value of zinc and closure of the mine due to lack of profitability from ore sales. This has resulted in a halt to the rare but wonderful specimens that were recovered alongside the ore—a travesty to the collecting world.

This fluorite specimen is a perfect example of why collectors regard Elmwood with such high esteem. It is composed of a prominent, cubic fluorite crystal with a light core, covered by a translucent zone of purple and indigo. Deep, vibrant, and layered, its coloring gives the crystal a dramatic look, similar to the effect of storm clouds that gather in the night. The crystal has subtle, stepped faces and a waxy luster, both qualities that are characteristic of the area. It sits upon a lustrous, gunmetal, matrix (host rock) composed of dense sphalerite that contrasts and anchors the translucent crystal. Well-composed and attractive, it is an excellent example from the legendary locale.


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