FLUORITE & SPHALERITE

06359

Locality

Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, USA

Dimensions (H x W x D)

21 x 30.5 x 30 cm

Weight

24.95 kg

Description & Provenance

This sizable specimen is composed of a large, primary crystal of cubic fluorite. It has great translucency and a lovely yellow color that is almost flaxen in tone. These qualities paired together give the crystal the appearance of glowing from within with just a hint of light. The crystal also has a “dusting” of purple (also fluorite) atop it that accentuates its overall form and its subtle yet complex texture which is created by stepped faces. The primary crystal is accompanied by a second, smaller (but still quite sizeable) sidecar crystal that is almost entirely coated in purple fluorite, with hints of yellow color peeking out from underneath. A matrix of densely crystallized, lustrous, black sphalerite serves as a natural pedestal, punctuating the impressive details of the fluorite. This multi-generational piece highlights the characteristics of both species, while marrying them together to form this dramatic work of natural art.

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