very rare Calcite display specimen from  Elmwood Mine, Carthage, TN.

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Dimensions (mm) 115 x 94 x 42mm
Weight (carats) 2126.21 carats
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very rare Calcite display specimen from  Elmwood Mine , Carthage TN. code dc/rs 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.  

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