An outstanding Galena Specimen to grace your collection. This is an awesome crystal of Galena, a mineral we collect personally and one with a range of great associations. This piece has amazing luster and crystal shape. It was hard taking the photos with so much reflection, this piece looks better in person. On the front face there is a rose-like formation of Sphalerite crystals.
6cm x 4cm x 4.2cm, 250g
Galena is the primary ore mineral of lead. Worked for its lead content as early as 3000 BC, it is found in ore veins with sphalerite, pyrite, chalcopyrite, tennantite-tetrahedrite, etc. and in skarns, as well as in sedimentary rocks where it may replace carbonate beds or be deposited in pore spaces. The crystals are bright when fresh but often tarnish after exposure to air.