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9 specimens found
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Galena with Dolomite and Sphalerite
stock #18 AX-27-091
Ninth of September mine, Madan, Rhodope Mountains
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
7.7 x 4.7 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $380
Worldwide mix summer

Bright metallic Galena with high luster is epitaxially encrusted with Dolomite in a very esthetic manner. Much of the Dolomite is in spherical form and is aligned on crystal edges. In super condition, the specimen is more impressive in person and the crystals have mirror brilliance on many faces. The Madan area mines have been the source of the worlds best Galena for several years, this specimen shows why these are so well respected as a very good value for quality.
Galena- Spinel Twin habit
stock #18-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- gem variety Cleiophane
stock #18.AX-27-101
Ninth of September mine, Madan, Rhodope Mountains
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
7.9 x 5.5 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $330
Worldwide mix summer

Sharp and glasslike gem Sphalerite crystals contrast with the white matrix in an esthetic combination. The Sphalerites are a dark yellow-green best seen when under strong light. The luster is brilliant. From the Madan area of Bulgaria, this zone has produced some extraordinary Sphalerites (and Galenas as well) on occasion. This piece is from a few years ago out of one incredible pocket. Far better than typical specimen with fine 3 dimensional esthetics, there is no damage at all.
Rhodochrosite with Stilbite
stock #17.AX-749
Starnitsa Deposit, Davidkovo, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
4.4 x 4.2 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
price: $160
Pre Holiday 2017

A well formed, brightly colored Rhodochrosite with the unusual associated Stilbite crystals. This comes from the Bulgarian region better known for metallic sulphides and fine Galena. This is from a small find in 2009, but not available to the market until 2015. In excellent condition, the contrast and bright pink color make an attractive display unlike most Bulgarian minerals that are not very colorful. The supply of these is now exhausted and
Sphalerite (gem clear var. Cleiophane) w. Galena and Quartz
stock #WAM-16-309A
Borieva Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
6.1 x 3.3 x 2 CM (cabinet)
price: $190
Pre Holiday 2017

A fine small cabinet matrix hosting several perfect gem clear Sphalerites on needle Quartz with minor Galena, Pyrite etc. The largest cluster is 1.6 CM and all are glassy yellow green color that is classic for this material. From finds in 2014. The name Cleiophane is not an approved specie of course but it is perhaps the most desirable variety of Sphalerite.
Calcite with Sphalerite and Quartz etc.
stock #A-27-132
Borieva Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
4.6 x 3.9 x 3.5 CM (miniature)
price: $170
Pre Holiday 2017

A delicate specimen in excellent condition with very pale pink (mangano) Calcites on a matrix of needle Quartz, lustrous Sphalerites and Pyrite. An attractive and nicely composed specimen from the great Madan deposits of Bulgaria. To my taste the Sulfide deposits of this region have produced the most esthetic examples of many species. This is a small but striking piece with quite remarkable slender Quartz that are decorated with tiny crystals of Sphalerite as well.
Galena- Skeletal and chain growths with Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite and Quartz
stock #WAM-17.1-688 (27-134A)
9th of September Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
6.9 x 4.5 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $1150
Pre Holiday 2017

Amazing form! The Galenas here show many unusual habits, the epitaxial chains are most eyecatching but the hoppered and skeletal crystals are also very fine. Remarkable too is the lack of any visible damage. We have handled a lot of fine Bulgarian specimens but this one stands out as a very choice piece for esthetics and combinations of well crystallized but bizzare forms. From finds in 2014 I have not seen any newer material quite like this.
Calcite on Sphalerite w. minor Chalcopyrite
stock #Alec 27-125
Borieva Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
5 x 5 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
price: $260


Exceptional bright luster and contrast on this esthetic specimen from the Madan area. The condition is excellent, this is clearly not a typical piece and displays very well. Black Sphalerite is not normally an eycatching mineral, this one is mirror bright and well composed, the calcite add a fine contrast.
9 specimens found
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