new arrivals
browse list








catalog listings


11 specimens listed
Page   1 | 2 | Next › |

Galena - spinel twinned
stock #10.1-058
Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
9.5 x 4.8 x 3,7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1950
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.

SOLD Galena -flat spinel twins with Quartz
stock #SOLD 10.1-470
Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
9.3 x 5.9 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Spring 2020

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.

Galena- Spinel Twin habit
stock #AX-27-133
Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
5.9 x 5.6 x 3.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $875
Worldwide mix summer

Superb, textbook example of flattened Spinel twins in a choice Galena specimen. From the finds four years ago that were big news and yeilded some of the best Galenas of all time. This specimen is top notch the crystals are perfect all around, the edges undamaged and the structure looks like extraterrestrial architecture. A few Quartz crystals add a nice accent in contrast to the bright metallic Galena. More impressive in person, this is a killer with display impact far beyond its size.

Sphalerite (Cleiophane) with Galena
stock #9.1-154
Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
6.7 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $350

A big (2.9 CM) yellow-green Sphalerite compound crystal sits perfectly on a matrix of galena and some quartz.. Outstanding condition, this is rare older Madan material that is not often available.

HOLD Galena with Calcite
stock #HOLD 8.1-448
Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
6.9 x 6.4 (cabinet)
price: $225

The mines of Madan have produced some incredible and strange Galenas. This is certainly one unusual and attractive example. Galena crystal faces with growth hillocks and hoppered zones are like modern art, decorated with calcite rhombstacks and drusy aggregates. The Galena is mirror bright with gleaming luster. If you like interesting and esthetic galena this will be a welcome addition to your collection.

Sphalerite with Quartz
stock #8.1-439-(stk)
Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
10.4 x 7.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $325

As a rule, black Sphalerite is not a very desirable mineral, but this one is something special! Lustrous and sharp glassy Sphalerites to almost 3 CM are decorated with treelike growths of slender quartz crystals. In great condition and with killer esthetics, the Sphalerites are well positioned and show complex growth hillocks on many faces. Careful examination finds only minor edge wear on some Sphalerites, nothing distracting from the impact of this piece. Great for this specie and exceptional for this famous mineral region!

Galena on Sphalerite
stock #8.1-443
Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
8.4 x 6.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $250

A sizable (4.4 CM) galena sits in a sea of lusterous Sphalerites. Clean and esthetic, the Galena has some hoppered areas and elaborate growth phase lines. Nice contrast and no damage on the display side.

Galena on Sphalerite with Calcite
stock #8.1-437
Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
12 x 9.3 x 6.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1200

This is simply a superb and esthetic piece with a killer arrangement! The base is a rosette like cluster of lusterous dark sphalerite crystals that are epitaxially encrusted with pearly calcites that add contrast and sparkle. Atop that is a mirror bright compound Galena cluster. There is some contacting on the back of the sphalerite where it was removed, but there is absolutely no damage on the display side. The main Galena is quite large -(7 cm at the widest point), it has fantastic bright lusterous faces. The stepped form and a few "melted" zones are what help set this apart. From almost any other locality this would be FAR more expensive, but since Madan is currenly very productive this is a superb bargain and a wise investment!