• Calcite, Dolomite and Quartz on Galena and Sphalerite
  • Calcite, Dolomite and Quartz on Galena and Sphalerite
Sulphides, Sulphosalts and Arsenides

Calcite, Dolomite and Quartz on Galena and Sphalerite

$2,500.00   €2,073  £1,790.00 approx.  

This specimen is priced in US dollars, all other prices are approximate.

ID: CC21098
Trepča is one of Europe’s most famous mining districts, situated in the Trepča valley in mid-northern Kosovo, formerly a part of Yugoslavia.  The Trepča lead-zinc-silver orebody was worked by five mines up until around 2010 and for those not familiar with its magnificent mineral specimens, some are similar to those from the Madan mining district in Bulgaria.  This is a fabulous example displaying five species, but primarily Galena and Sphalerite.  Coating a massive granular Galena and Sphalerite matrix, the dominant species is light graphite-grey Galena, in flattened bubble-like mounds covering the surface.  The habit is amazing, giving rise to the descriptive term ‘melted, as if the Galena has partly liquefied then reset.  It forms finely-contoured hillocks to around 2.5 cm across with a bright metallic to satin lustre.  Over the Galena are twenty plus beautifully crystallised black metallic Sphalerites forming equant crystals to 2 cm across, some with an octahedral habit.  In the centre sits a 3 x 2 x 3 cm high mound of crystallised white Calcite.  Over other areas can be seen the odd milky Quartz crystal, small clusters of creamy-tan Dolomite and even the occasional tiny patch of Chalcopyrite.  A superb cabinet specimen of Galena and Sphalerite from the Trepča complex.

Details

Dimensions
10.0 × 14.4 × 5.0 cm
Categories
Calcite, Carbonates, Quartz and Agate, Sulphides, Sulphosalts and Arsenides
Locality
Trepca Complex, Trepca Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo, Europe

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Calcite, Dolomite, Galena, Quartz, Sphalerite

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