2.4" Sphalerite Crystal Cluster with Quartz - Bulgaria

This is a cluster of lustrous opaque sphalerite from the Borieva mine, located in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria. A cluster of quartz crystals can be found mixed in with the sphalerite and around the edges of the specimen. A quartz micro crystal druze lines the majority of this specimen, as well as sporadic chalcopyrite crystals throughout.

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.
Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite & Quartz
Borieva mine, Madan ore field, Bulgaria.
2.4" long, 1.6" wide