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Sphalerite (Cleiophane) and Galena on Quartz
stock #13.1-158
September 9th Mine, Madan Ore field, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
11.8 x 8.2 x 4.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $950
Early summer 2021

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, Chalcopyrite, Quartz and Sphalerite
stock #9.1-345
September 9th Mine, Madan Ore field, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
8.2 x 5.8 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $390
new year 2021

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.