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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. The result is that specimen
prices are rapidly increasing.
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 the 2020 Franklin NC Show comes this rare classic specimen of a zoned purple Fluorite crystal and Quartz
on Dolomite. The crystal on this specimen is highly lustrous and colored beautiful shades of purple. It was
diagonally split during extraction, leaving 2 faces. This is an excellent display specimen! These photos taken with
Nikon L1 Coolpix on a cloudy day...smoky mountains you know.
This specimen weighs 4.4 oz or 0.27 lbs (126g) and measures 3.2 x 2.3 x 1.4 inches (8.1 x 5.9 x 3.5cm)
Item# 55EMFQD09201572
Zoned Purple Fluorite and
Quartz on Dolomite from
the Elmwood Mine

$95.00
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 double terminated
Calcite crystals (more than 100) look very majestic upon this solid base of Sphalerite. These photos taken
outdoors in partly sunny and cloudy with a Nikon L1 Coolpix camera. These offerings from the Elmwood mine are
rare and very difficult to even find any more.

This specimen weighs 31.3 oz or 1.96 lbs (889g) and measures 5.3 x 4 x 1.7 inches (13.4 x 10.3 x 4.2cm)
Item# 56EMCS062005501
Old Stock 1960's Specimen
Calcite on Sphalerite from the
Elmwood Mine

$279.00

From the 2020 Franklin, NC Show comes this exceptional classic specimen of Elmwood Mine Calcite with Quartz,
Barite and  Sphalerite. The large Calcite crystals on this specimen are 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 19 oz or 1.18 lbs (539g) and measures 4.7 x 3 x 2.2 inches (12.1 x 7.7 x 5.6cm)

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 some normal
extraction damage on the bottom. 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 pieces of Quartz on matrix with a Sphalerite and Barite display
naturally affixed to the crystalline formation. Truly striking!
Item# 57EMCPSP092021011
Exceptional Specimen of
Calcite Points with Quartz,
Barite and Sphalerite from
the Elmwood Mine

$299.00
Barite Snowball on Sphalerite
This is a specimen with large Barite Snowball formation on a plate of Sphalerite from the famous Elmwood Mine
which is located in Carthage, Central Mining District in Smith County, Tennessee. Nearby towns are Lebanon,
Murfreesboro and Hendersonville, Tennessee. The wine colored Sphalerite plate accented by a white Barite
Snowball present an excellent display. These photos taken outdoors in partly sunny and cloudy with a Nikon L1
Coolpix camera. These offerings from the Elmwood mine are rare and very difficult to even find any more.

This specimen weighs 20.4 oz or 1.27 lbs (580g) and measures 3.8 x 2.6 x 2 inches (9.7 x 6.8 x 5.1cm)
Item# 58EMBS09203572
Barite Snowball on
Sphalerite from the
Elmwood Mine

$129.00