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.
Incredible,an older (1952) Mexican Galena with textbook perfect hoppered, skeletal form crystals. This specimen is from the San Carlos Mine, which in the late 1950 era produced some world class Vanadinite. After many years with no specimens, the mine again produced fine Vanadinites and Wulfenites in 1980 and 2018. We have never seen any other good specimens of Galena from this locale, and this is a choice piece from anyplace. The Galena has a dull luster from micro a micro druze of Anglesite and some Calcite. The forms range from deep hoppers with geometric ridges to intersecting boxes and even spirals. From the collection of Skylar Alverson obtained from G. Hixon in 1952. Outstanding condition and form, just a super Galena and a choice Mexican specimen.
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.
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region,
3.8 x3.6 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
A strange and rare habit, I have only ever seen two of these "cruciform" etched Galenas, and this one is very distinct. The complex crystallization presents very well and the bright luster helps to show the cross off from several angles. The matrix in this case is a pair of Calcite crystals that act as a built in base so the specimen stands on its own. The specimen on close examination shows an impressive series of steps and terraces much like a topographic map where the summit is in the form of a cross.
From the type locality area for Wulfenite, this is a very choice, classic Lead secondary specimen. About a dozen distinct octahedrons of Galena are sparkling with hundreds of Cerussite crystals scattered on the faces. The spaces between the Galenas are full of orange to red Wulfenites in a blocky form. One of the great classic mineral localities, important since the early 14th century. In 1556 Agricola described the locality and methods in his famed "De re Metallica" . The mines closed for good in 1993, but left a great legacy of minerals and helped develop many methods in use today. This specimen is in remarkable condition, is far more attractive in person and a fine display quality Galena much better than most seen in collections from here.
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.
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.
A dark Galena cube with complex face structures rests on a mix of Ankerite and druzy Quartz. The Ankerite is in two generations the older is translucent the newer is nearly black with inclusions and some faces are iridescent. A cute small cabinet (or large miniature) in perfect, undamaged condition from the historic mines of Nenthead.