Description

    CALCITE with SPHALERITE and BARYTE
    Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Central Tennessee Ba-F-Pb-Zn District, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

    This magnificently dramatic Elmwood specimen displays a striking contrast in form and color, playing off the glassy, golden allure of its giant Calcite crystal group against a darkly metallic slab of Sphalerite crystals that rise like a wall, on one side of the massive composition. Many of the deep brown Sphalerites are freestanding, and all are implanted on a druzy layer of microcrystalline material of an off-white hue. The largest of the Sphalerites measures 1.19 inches (3.0 cm) across and is very close to being a "floater" crystal: one with no attachment to anything else. Nestled in a fissure off to one side of the base is a ball of a white bladed mineral, presumably Baryte that is also partially overcoated with sparkling, druzy Calcite. Condition is excellent with damage confined to isolated dings to the Calcite and peripheral portions of the Sphalerite. It comes with a custom acrylic base. See the 360 degree video of this impressive specimen that is available online.
    Overall Measurements: 9.44 x 8.66 x 4.72 inches (24.0 x 22.0 x 12.0 cm)

    Provenance: Rep. John Culberson Collection
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    September, 2014
    28th Sunday
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