This is a 3-dimensional, translucent, lustrous crystal of witherite from the Cumbrian ore fields. It is also rather large at a whopping 6 cm in length! There are a few gray galena crystals attached on the side. The galena crystals reach 1.0 cm across and provide a nice accent for the combination. I have to say, I have not personllay seen an English witherite in association with galena from here before. It makes sense, just haven't seen it. This is a very aesthetic, nice-sized specimen of some significance for the species, for which this was a very important locality in the 1800s. Better in person!
ex. Martin Zinn
A glittering, attractive combination specimen featuring a gemmy, clear fluorite crystal perched on a pedestal of galena crystals, and itself draped gently by a glistening coating of sparkling white calcite. This is a striking combo piece from a localitythat, while not quite defunct, now longer produces this assemblage.
ex. Martin Zinn
ex. Tom Wiesner
Attractive, translucent, color zoned, fluorite crystals, with dark purple cores and lilac edges, measure 5 cm across. In addition, there are euhedral galena and sphalerite crystals on the back side of the specimen. It is a stunning example of classic, purple zoned fluorite from these now defunct mines! NOTE: FROM THE TOM WIESNER COLLECTION, NOT ZINN. just got mixed in
Massive, dark gray galena ore (unusual for the locality) is the matrix for this combo specimen with a 4 - 5 cm wide band of secondary mineralization running its length. Spherical, beautifully velvety, rich green mimetites, to .5 cm across, are associated with scattered glassy and translucent, amber-colored wulfenite crystals, to .5 cm in length. There are some minor wulfenites that are damaged, but they are primarily here for color accent anyways and a bonus to the quality mimetite. The ribbon running down the middle presents very nicely!
This is a very complexly crystallized galena specimen , quite mesmerizing in person, with an acecnting drapery of siderite. THe old label notes that there are some twinned crystals here, and seems to indicate that the piece was illustrated , naming page and figure number for a book or article. This is a fine, aesthetic, AND classic old example of galena from this important mining district. Noteably, good galena is actually more rare on the market today from Freiberg than silver minerals, because so little of it was saved compared to silver species.
A superb miniature of display quality, with a sharp, 3-D crystal of galena measuring 2.7 cm nicely centered on siderite matrix. this is CLASSIC Neudorf material, always so prized and hard to come by on the market today. The crystal is perfect and complete, symmetric all around except for two small sections where some growth contact apparently took place and there are little microfaces instead of the normal bevel on an edge. These things are ALWAYS expensive, sorry, sometimes in Europe worth more than gold. A symmetric and aesthetic piece like this is just a super rarity.
A VERY HEFTY galena specimen with rounded, but recognizably cuboctohedral crystals, to 3.5 cm on edge. In person, it has a bit more 3-dimensionality to it, I assure you. This is a fine, all-around complete cluster of large galenas from the lcoality circa mid-1800s. It has minor associations of fluorite and sphalerite.
An interesting combo specimen featuring flattened , disc-like galena crystals stacked upon matrix, and surrounded by a halo of translucent disc-shaped calcites. This is unusual for Andreasberg, in that I have not seen many galenas from there that are pretty but the place is famous for its wide variety of calcites.
The old label seems to indicate an origin in 1874, and aesthetically I just cannot believe that this beautiful plate survived so well! Sharp crystals to 1.25 cm of classic Neudorf, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany galena are emplaced on beautiful siderite, sparkling quartz, and very 3-dimensional. The siderite is translucent and sharp. This is one of the most stunningly aesthetic Neudorf, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany pieces I have seen. I have seen a number of them, as well, at the Munich show and elsewhere priced at 5000 euros and up when in this quality, and undamaged. This one is pristine except for a slight cleave on one lower siderite.
A razor-sharp, isolated galena crystal of classic Neudorf form, 1.3 cm across, sitting on brilliantly lustrous golden siderite. Classic for the locality, these are old and desirable specimens hard to find today!
A 3-dimensional silver-species "disco ball," 1.3 cm across, of proustite surmounts a galena matrix. This is an unusually aesthetic, interesting combination from this classic old locality. Although this has a habit more consistent with proustite, I am told that Proustite and pyrargyrite from this locale cannot always be visually distinguished with 100% accuracy, so there is a small chance this could be, instead, pyrargyrite. However, as it does not quite have the brightest metallic lustre and is red when strongly lit, but not gemmy, I am inclined to say based on what else I have seen this must surely be proustite with little doubt.
Another beautiful old 1800s-era combination piece, from the famous finds at Neudorf that produced the most desirable (and pricey) galena crystals of their day. To this day, teh form and habit of these galena crystals makes them still as desirable, and they are very hard to come by. This collection was rich in such pieces, including this one with galena to 1.5 cm on matrix with brilliantly sparkling quartz and siderite. A gorgeous combination piece from this classic find, much more colorful and displayable than many.
A beautiful association specimen from this classic locale, with sharp , translucent golden-amber siderites to about 1 cm in size.
A rich, lustrous specimen of sharp galena crystals accented by siderite and sparkling calcite, from this classic locality.
A super specimen for the locality primarily because it shows such a wonderful association of all the minerals found here, and it is PRETTY to boot. I have never seen such a nice combo piece for sale of minerals from this locality, for overall visual impact. The whole mineralogical environment is here...from the primary galena on the left, to its secondary oxidation products: a pocket of pyro and cerussite in the middle where phosphate must have been present; and stranger and more rare chemistry occurring in the next oxidation layer over to the right, with flat-laying leadhillite (and probably susannite as well) having formed from some of the minerals present in the galena ore on that side. Historic, and I think important.
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