Toughnut Mine (Tough Nut Mine), Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
A really unique combination specimen of fluorite and wulfenite represents a piece of American mining history. One of Tombstone Arizona’s first mines, the Toughnut opened in 1878 as a sulfide mine. Several specimens of fluorite, willemite, and wulfenite has been found but material from this locality is rare to come to market. This piece shows a first generation of green fluorite of modified cubes and octahedrons that are intricately formed with polycrystalline growths over many of the faces. A second generation of purple fluorite can be seen on the edge of the piece. Small tabular bright yellow wulfenite crystals then formed over the fluorites for a great pop of color.
Ex E.G. Tribbey
2.00 x 6.40 x 4.10 cm