Dims: 9.1" x 5.0" x 3.6" (23.1 x 13.0 x 9.1 cm)
Wt: 6.1 lbs. (2.8 kg)
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, U.S.A.
The largest specimen in our present stock, this cabinet specimen consists of four large, intersecting, cubic Fluorite crystals. Though none of the crystals are more than 50% complete, it appears that the specimen was broken off of its host during its formation, as both breakage surfaces show partial healing and almost no human-induced damage. The largest of these crystals measures 5 - 5.5" (12.7 - 14.0 cm) and its one nearly complete face is covered with smaller cubic crystal projections. Each crystal has a deep violet coloration and a pearly-to-waxy luster that is caused by countless tiny cubic prokjections that slightly break the continuity of their faces. Ther edges are well-defined. The specimen is completely translucent under a bright light, showing its beautiful color. Besides the Fluorite are a few clusters that are made up of dozens of intergrown sphalerite crystals. These crystals have the standard steep tetrahedral shape of sphalerite, but are somewhat warped due to their heavy intergrowth. They have a dark brown coloration and an almost metallic, adamantine luster. The crystals are in good condition, showing little damage, and are only dimly and partially translucent in very bright light. It is one of the largest Elmwood Fluorites that I have been able to examine closely.