Sphalerite, Galena
Dal'negorsk (Dalnegorsk; Tetyukhe; Tjetjuche; Tetjuche), Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
Cabinet, 14.0 x 10.5 x 5.8 cm
The mirror-metallic luster of these superb galena crystals just does not come through in the photos. They are gracefully around a bit of contrasting matrix. At the top of the specimen is a huge, fabulous sphalerite crystal almost 4 cm across, with chevron striations. A couple of smaller ones (though still large by normal standards) have grown elsewhere amongst the galena crystals. Dazzling in person! 14 x 10.5 x 5.8 cm