Pale Violet Translucent Fluorite Crystals mineral specimen. A classic "Elmwood Corner"
Dimensions (millimeters): 50 x 30 x 25
Dimensions (inches): 2 x 1.2 x 1
Origins: from the very famous classic mineral location Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA
**Elmwood Mine fluorites occasionally show at least some degree of etching/mineral recrystallization/reabsorption. The fluorite specimens from Elmwood that have "gemmy", transparent, etched corners are said to have “Carthage Corners”.
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The zinc mines near Carthage, Tennessee have been famous for many decades for producing superb examples of calcite, fluorite, sphalerite and barite. Very large, exceptionally sharp and sometimes gemmy calcite crystals and clusters were mined. These came in colors ranging from gold to orange. Well-formed fluorite crystals were less common, but usually available in transparent to translucent blues and purples and all shades in between. Plates of black to brown sphalerite crystals, sometimes tined red (ruby jack) were found. Last but not least, large hemispheres of cream white colored barite were often found. The quality of these specimens had long ago established these zinc mines as an American classic locality, and exemplary specimens were often featured in displays at the big mineral shows.
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