A very fine cabinet display specimen of gemmy yellow to dark green Sphalerite crystals on a contrasting drusy Quartz boxwork matrix. The Quartz druse sprinkled with cubes of Galena some of which have grown next to the Spahlerites. A classic association from the Madan area of Bulgaria, this is much better than most and in excellent condition. This presents the majority of the Cleiophane (gemmy Sphalerites) in a chain like cluster. These photos are not backlit but with a good light behind the Sphalerites they glow a vivid bright yellow-green which is fantastic in person.
Galena - spinel twinned
Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
9.5 x 4.8 x 3,7 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
A killer Galena with very well defined geometric structures which are the flattened Spinel twinned crystals. Remarkably there is no damage and the luster is super metallic. From a remarkable find in 2010, this comes from a single pocket that had especially well developed sharp edged Galenas that were sprinkled with some Quartz crystals. The look is similar to some Spinel twinned Galenas from Dalngorsk but also distinctly unique. These are more tabular crystals with thin sharply crystalized edges. These have been described by some as "star wars" Galenas. they do look like spacecraft structures in person. We have been keenly interested in the Galenas from Bulgaria for years, this particular find and the few specimens of this caliber are to my taste the best.
Stacked skeletal cubes and modified cubo-octahedra forming a curved "monster" of Galena. Remarkable geometric structures in a complex structure. This is mostly Galena but dark Sphalerite and white Quartz are a nice contrasting matrix. Matte metallic luster and slightly melted edges on one side of the specimen with a brighter and sharper display on the opposite side. In fine undamaged condition, this is a far better in person, a striking and unusually esthetic Galena from finds in 2015. A choice modern classic.
Geometrically aligned Galena crystals dominate this complex multi-specie piece from the famed Madan area. We have been awed by the diversity and quality of Galenas and Sphalerites from Madan, which is probably the world's best source for these. Every few years a new habit or style is found. This was mined in 2009, it is in perfect, undamaged condition. The Galena Luster is dull metallic which is contrasted by the bright Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite. It is easy to understand why some collectors love Sulfides and especially Galenas.
Incredibly perfect spinel twins of Galena showing mirror bright luster standing on edge. In my own opinion the top spinel Galenas from Bulgaria are the best on the planet, and every serious collection should have at least one. From the 2011 find at the Krushev Dol Mine these Galenas were instantly big news in the mineral world. Aside from obviously fine esthetics, this piece is even more remarkable for the damage free condition. Under good magnification the galena edges are all complete (some have a more jagged edge crystallization but no damage or chipping) even the slender Quartz crystals are all perfect. The faces of the Galenas are a super brilliant metallic even brighter in person. The crystal forms are incredible too, the largest sides show fantastic geometric growth structures and textbook twinning. This was a large find so the cost of a nice piece was quite reasonable but very few pieces were this good, and now they have become uncommon.
Brilliant metallic luster which is impossible to really appreciate in any photograph, from the great Madan mining region. Very sharp, perfect crystals with no damage contrast with the sparkling white matrix. The crystals here have several habits and are mostly modified cubo-octahedral. This particular mine yielded some of the best Galena specimens found over the past several years and the luster as in this piece can be incredible. An excellent value for the esthetics and quality.
Great Chalcopyrite crystals are remarkably rare, these are superb, sharp and quite large. Set on a "melted" Galena matrix with scattered crystals of Sphalerite, the Chalcopyrites are perfect, no chips, cracks or any damage. These have a nice patina and dark brassy color that sets off the well defined striations. Textbook perfect forms these show both single crystals and twins in fine detail. We try to grab any great Chalcopyrite crystals from this region. I believe they are some of the best ever found when they are this well defined. In person this is especially impressive and it is one of the most esthetic we have seen. Individual crystals are just under 5 CM, and the contrast with the matrix is strong. This specimen is also a "floater" it is crystalized all around and displays fine from most any angle.
An incredible geometric maze made with interlocked stepped cubic crystal structures. A super thumbnail or toenail (it will fit in a TN box) from a 2018 find at the September Ninth Mine in Madan. This one shows intricate examples of epitaxial growth, hoppering and cubic stacking. This small find produced what may be the best ever hoppered skeletal Galena crystals. This is even more impressive in person, and displays well from most any angle. This specimen has some associated Sphalerite that acts a small matrix and gives contrast for the metallic Galena.