• Galena
  • Galena
  • Galena


$550.00   €505  £420.00 approx.  

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ID: CC13011
A beautiful small miniature cluster of ex-matrix Galena crystals from Blackdene mine by the village of Ireshopeburn in Weardale, County Durham, England. Although perhaps better known as a famous fluorite-producing mine, Blackdene began as a lead mine with exploitation of the major veins beginning in the 15th century. The Galena forms a principal, complex cube measuring 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm, modified between the cube and octahedron but displaying an asymmetric habit with other, smaller such crystals branching out in various directions. The lead grey crystals have a fascinating waxy metallic lustre with smooth undulating faces and sometimes a patina of burnished pale gold. This is a beautiful and delightfully crystallised Galena from Blackdene mine which, dare I mention, from certain angles looks like a small duck!


2.9 × 4.0 × 3.0 cm
Sulphides, Sulphosalts and Arsenides
Blackdene Mine, Ireshopeburn, Weardale, County Durham, England

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