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ELMWOOD SPHALERITE 7
ELMWOOD SPHALERITE 7
ELMWOOD SPHALERITE 7
ELMWOOD SPHALERITE 7
ELMWOOD SPHALERITE 7
ELMWOOD SPHALERITE 7
ELMWOOD SPHALERITE 7
$122.00

ELMWOOD SPHALERITE 7

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Only 1 left in stock

This listing is for (1) sphalerite specimen from the Elmwood mine, the one pictured here. 

This piece is 0.08kg and approx. 2.5" at its widest point.

 

Properties

 

Sphalerite

Sphalerite can assist with grounding and support courage. This stone can bring vitality and drive, as well as focus. Additionally, it can help with inner reflection and manifestation.

 

Mineralogy

Elmwood Mine produces stunning purple fluorite in cubic habits on beds of sphalerite. Sphalerite is a zinc sulfide mineral that forms in masses and tetrahedral crystals. 

 

Sourcing

These are domestically sourced from Tennessee and my supplier buys them directly from the miners themselves.

Info about Elmwood Mine:

Elmwood is the name of a zinc mine located in Carthage, Tennessee that is known for producing incredible calcite, fluorite, sphalerite, barite, and galena specimens.

Specimens from this locality were more widely available in the past because the company operating the mine used to allow the miners to bring specimens out in their lunch coolers (lunchbox crystals!). 

The mine closed in 2004 so the specimen supply dried up entirely for awhile. Since reopening the mine in 2010, we have seen a trickle of material on the market - but the new mining company is much more strict and has forbidden the removal of specimens entirely. Management takes drastic countermeasures to discourage illicit specimen mining - including blasting pockets of crystals, and putting slurry in the vug holes. Miners still smuggle out specimens here and there but it’s extremely dangerous and those who are caught will lose their jobs. 

I’ve heard that the crackdown is largely due to insurance liability (the mining company/their insurance is liable if someone is killed/injured while illegally mining specimens) but it’s also because they want their employees to remain focused on mining zinc. Zinc mining is why the mine was reopened, zinc has increased in value considerably, and unfortunately the pockets with the most incredible specimens are in the zones with the highest quality zinc ore.

 

Elmwood Mine produces stunning purple fluorite in cubic habits on beds of sphalerite. Sphalerite is a zinc sulfide mineral that forms in masses and tetrahedral crystals. 

 

Sourcing

The Mineral Maven LLC are not doctors and cannot give out medical advice. Healing crystals should be used as a complement to other therapies and not as a replacement for medical treatment, diagnosis, or examination. For medical advice, please consult a licensed healthcare specialist.

 

Sphalerite

Sphalerite can assist with grounding and support courage. This stone can bring vitality and drive, as well as focus. Additionally, it can help with inner reflection and manifestation.

 

Mineralogy

Elmwood Mine produces stunning purple fluorite in cubic habits on beds of sphalerite. Sphalerite is a zinc sulfide mineral that forms in masses and tetrahedral crystals. 

 

Sourcing

These are domestically sourced from Tennessee and my supplier buys them directly from the miners themselves.

Info about Elmwood Mine:

Elmwood is the name of a zinc mine located in Carthage, Tennessee that is known for producing incredible calcite, fluorite, sphalerite, barite, and galena specimens.

Specimens from this locality were more widely available in the past because the company operating the mine used to allow the miners to bring specimens out in their lunch coolers (lunchbox crystals!). 

The mine closed in 2004 so the specimen supply dried up entirely for awhile. Since reopening the mine in 2010, we have seen a trickle of material on the market - but the new mining company is much more strict and has forbidden the removal of specimens entirely. Management takes drastic countermeasures to discourage illicit specimen mining - including blasting pockets of crystals, and putting slurry in the vug holes. Miners still smuggle out specimens here and there but it’s extremely dangerous and those who are caught will lose their jobs. 

I’ve heard that the crackdown is largely due to insurance liability (the mining company/their insurance is liable if someone is killed/injured while illegally mining specimens) but it’s also because they want their employees to remain focused on mining zinc. Zinc mining is why the mine was reopened, zinc has increased in value considerably, and unfortunately the pockets with the most incredible specimens are in the zones with the highest quality zinc ore.

 

Disclaimer

The Mineral Maven LLC are not doctors and cannot give out medical advice. Healing crystals should be used as a complement to other therapies and not as a replacement for medical treatment, diagnosis, or examination. For medical advice, please consult a licensed healthcare specialist.