Galena- Classic location
Neudorf, Harzgerode, Harz
5.1 x3.6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Perhaps the most classic locale for Galena is the very old mines of Neudorf in the Harz Mts. This is a distinctive and well formed example from the dedicated German collection of Ernie Schlichter. The display side is in perfect condition, undamaged the luster is not mirror bright but it is good, dark and attractive. There is no matrix, only the intergrown Galena that present some of the typical forms that make Neudorf so distinctive. A great classic and more affordable than any example I know of.
Simply incredible! A perfect series of parallel growth spinel twin galenas with mirror bright luster are grouped esthetically and decorated with contrasting white quartz crystals. This is from the find in 2010 and is one of the top examples for its size. To me, the better Bulgarian Spinel twins are the most attractive ever, far eclipsing the Russian examples. This specimen was selected from the best of the find and is far, far better than most that have made it to the market. The form is a thin, delicate flattened geometric structure like an architectural model of a futuristic city. This galena is also complete and undamaged, a real miracle, and every major quartz crystal is perfect too, some tiny quartz have damage but are not easy to see. Stunning in person, but very hard to photograph with the brilliant metallic luster. All in all this is a killer display specimen worthy of any top collection!
A perfect and esthetic specimen showing modified cubo octahedral galena in a beautiful geometric orientation. In my opinion, the Madan Mines of Bulgaria produced the most spectacular, diverse and fine galenas ever. I try to chase down excellent examples in all price ranges as I consider these a relatively great value. This is a well composed, undamaged and attractive specimen with excellent contrast to the gun metal galena. An excellent example of this form.
Perfectly positioned sharp textbook spinel twin crystal of galena rises above a cluster of sharp sphalerite crystals. Simply an esthetic fine small miniature with no damage or distractions. Good luster, this is older Dalngorsk material (2000) that presents well and is still very affordable for this quality from a modern classic location.
Impossibly bright and lustrous, these modified cubes make a very eyecatching specimen. The fantastic Bulgarian Galenas are already noted as some of the best ever found. There are many forms and associations, but the most impressive are those with an intense metallic luster that is almost impossible to photograph. Damage free, this is a great value.
Galena with Sphalerite
Mid Continent Mine, Baxter Springs
9.8 x 8.9 CM (cabinet)
A nice, well composed galena from the Mid Continent mine. Good luster on crystals that reach 3 cm, displays very well and a nice addition to any suite of Galena or Tri-state classics. Sharp and excellent damage wise. Specimens like this have become scarce as the mines have been closed for several decades now.
Good Spinel twins are rare from Peru, these are especially fine, very sharp and attractive. From John Marshall's worldwide Galena collection, this is a very distinctive and esthetic piece, he held it in high regard.
Galena in oriented, stacked cubes and cubo-octahedral arrangements are decorated with bright Chalcopyrite. An excellent example of the epitaxial structures from this important find of 2008-9. No damage. We strongly feel these will be ranked with some of the great classics in future years, they are esthetic, unique and currently very affordable.