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RM658   Galena with sphalerite and chalcopyrite

Krushev dol mine, Rhodope Mts., Madan, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria

Find "different" specimens from Madan is a laborious work but, sometimes, very satisfactory. In this sample we see two galena crystals of cubic habit with slightly rounded edges and faces with rare hopper growth. To add more interest we can observe in vertices octahedron faces. Good luster, metallic gray color and disposed very aerial and aesthetics on a matrix of sphalerite crystals with several twins, polysynthetic growths on faces and excellent brilliance. Also numerous brilliant chalcopyrite crystals. A different specimen from a classic Bulgarian locality.

Size: 7,8 x 4,8 x 3,8 cm.
Main crystal: 18 x 12 mm.
Found in 2013.