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The Famous Elmwood Mine is located in Carthage,
Central Mining District in Smith County, Tennessee.

Nearby towns are Lebanon, Murfreesboro and
Hendersonville, Tennessee. The Elmwood Mine is a zinc
mine. The Zinc minerals were first discovered in 1967.
The first production started in 1975. At that time, some
excellent specimens of Calcite, Fluorite and Sphalerite
were obtained from the miners who worked the mines.
The mining company soon made exclusive arrangements
to sell specimens to several mineral dealers. The prices
for these specimens quickly soared. The mine shutdown
many years ago and specimens became more elusive
and expensive.

The mine was reopened in 2010 by Nyrstar Company who
reopened the 3 major zinc mines in the Carthage,
Tennessee area which includes the Elmwood,
Gordonsville and Cumberland mines. The Elmwood is
being operated through the Gordonsville #3 shaft and
incline. The first ore from the Elmwood was hoisted in
November 2010. The miners, we are told, have been
informed that anyone caught bringing out collector
specimens would be fired. The company has made no
arrangements to sell to mineral dealers and posts the site
as No Trespassing and does not allow collectors. So,
what had been a prolific source of fine calcite, fluorite and
sphalerite has now joined the ranks of classic localities
that are closed to collecting.  
Superb 2009 Specimen Lavender Fluorite Cubes on Sphalerite

From our Personal Collection comes this rare 2009 specimen of exceptionally fine Lavender Cubes (3 of them...
1 large , 1 small and 1 miniature) on a solid Sphalerite base. The sphalerite crystals on this specimen are highly
lustrous and are colored a rich reddish-brown color. The tetragonal crystals are metallic, and very definitively
formed. Colors of the Sphalerite will show more red in direct sunlight or halogen light. These photos taken with
Nikon L1 Coolpix on a cloudy day...smoky mountains you know.

This specimen weighs 3.3 oz or 0.2 lbs (93.5g) and measures 2.2 x 1.6 x 1 inches (56.5 x 41.9 x 27.5mm)
Item# EMFS09099954
Superb 2009 Specimen Lavender
Fluorite Cubes on Sphalerite from
the Elmwood Mine

$125.00
Old Stock 1960's Specimen Calcite on Sphalerite

From our Personal Collection comes this rare 1960's specimen of a single clear Dogtooth Calcite Crystal on
shimmering Sphalerite. This specimen is from the James Smedley Collection from the "Mineral Museum" in
Follansbee, West Virginia. We were very lucky when we acquired this from his daughter. The Sphalerite crystals on
this specimen are highly lustrous and are colored a rich reddish-brown color. The tetragonal crystals are metallic,
and very sharply formed. Colors of the Sphalerite will show more red in direct sunlight or halogen light. These
photos taken with Nikon L1 Coolpix on a cloudy day...smoky mountains you know.

This specimen weighs 18.3 oz or 1.14 lbs (518g) and measures 4.6 x 2.4 x 1.9 inches (11.8 x 6.2 x 4.9cm)
Item# EMCS07109021
Old Stock 1960's Specimen
Calcite on Sphalerite from the
Elmwood Mine

$225.00

From our Personal Collection comes this rare classic specimen of several purple Fluorite cube crystals and Quartz
on Dolomite. The crystals on this specimen are highly lustrous and are colored beautiful shades of purple. These
photos taken with Nikon L1 Coolpix on a cloudy day...smoky mountains you know.

This specimen weighs 5.6 oz or 0.35 lbs (160g) and measures 3.7 x 1.7 x 1.4 inches (9.4 x 4.4 x 3.7cm)
Item# EMFQD01178674
Purple Fluorite and Quartz
on Dolomite from the
Elmwood Mine

$95.00

From the May 2017 Franklin, NC Show comes this exceptional classic specimen of Elmwood Mine Calcite on
Sphalerite
. The large crystal on this specimen is highly lustrous and have excellent Honey Orange coloring. These
photos taken with Nikon L1 Coolpix on a cloudy day...smoky mountains you know.

This beauty weighs 58 oz or 3.62 lbs (1.646kg) and measures 7.59 x 5.1 x 3.1 inches (19.2 x 13 x 7.9cm)

This specimen was hand selected as the best color and most aesthetically pleasing and pristine point available from the  
Elmwood Mine Mineral Dealer from Tennessee at the show. This is a one of a kind collector specimen. There is normal
extraction damage on the bottom which is not seen when displayed...A very beautiful and impressive piece!

Sometimes referred to as Stellar Beam Calcite for its intriguing repetitive crystal formation, considered by some to be
reminiscent of a spaceship, this stunning variety of vivid orange Calcite hails from the Elmwood mine in Tennessee. This
particular specimen is well-formed and glassy, with a glittering piece of Sphalerite matrix still affixed to the crystalline
formation. Truly striking!
Item# EMCPSP051700051
E
xceptional Large Cabinet
Calcite Point on Sphalerite

from the Elmwood Mine

$3
99.00