2.3" Sphalerite, Galena and Quartz Association - Bulgaria

This is a cluster of lustrous opaque sphalerite crystals from the Borieva mine, located in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria. A cluster of quartz crystals can be found along one side of this specimen, as well as a druze of quartz along the adjacent side. Galena can be found in the center of the specimen, appearing as if it had been melted and placed on top.

The Madan ore fields are located in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria. This long stretch of mountain range in Southeastern Europe is home to a variety of incredible minerals, with sulfides being some of which show great variety in these mountains. One of these sulfides is gold ore, a mineral that is mined consistently from the Rhodopes, though is typically found containing relatively high amounts of cyanide. Because of this, there is an additional cyanide extraction process that takes place before the gold can be applicable for whatever use.
Other sulfides like galena, sphalerite, and chalcopyrite of all shapes and sizes, can be found throughout this mountain range.
Galena, Sphalerite & Quartz
Borieva mine, Madan ore field, Bulgaria.
2.3" long, 1.6" wide