Galena, Siderite, Sphalerite
Madan ore field, Rhodope Mts, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
Large Cabinet, 16.9 x 11.8 x 6.0 cm
A superb, large cabinet plate richly and aesthetically covered with lustrous, battleship-gray, cuboctahedral galena crystals to 3.0 cm. The galena crystals are uniquely accented by a preferential coating of sparkly, tan siderite microcrystals, which gives each galena crystal an unusual segmented look. The 3-dimensional, quartz and sulfide matrix is further complimented by more siderite and a rich peppering of tiny, sparkly sphalerite and galena crystals.