Mineral Specimens For Sale From Bulgaria

 

 

 

Lots of great minerals coming to the market lately from the mines of Bulgaria.  Anyone not adding the spinel law twins from this country is missing out on what are sure to become modern day classics!

 

 

 

 

OKP-682

 

OKP-682     Galena, Sphalerite, Quartz, Chalcopyrite     Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria.  This nice example shows cubes to 2.8 cm on edge each.  The entire piece measures 7.8 x 6 x 3.6 cm.  There is no damage and the piece sits well and views great from any direction.  It is a fine aesthetic specimen showing interesting forms and overgrowths.  The chalcopyrites are dull, as seen.  $40

 

 

 

 

OKN-805

OKN-805    Galena     Madan Rhodopi Muntains, Southeast Bulgaria.  Ex. Harold Dibble collection.  This specimen measures 8.2 x 6 x 5.8 cm and is composed of stepped cubes with some modifications byoctahedral forms.  High luster and no damage.  One area of matrix contact on back is not seen from side, front, and top views.  Minor pyrite, as seen.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-808

OKN-808    Galena, Chalcopyrite, Sphalerite     Madan Rhodopi Muntains, Southeast Bulgaria.  Ex. Harold Dibble collection.  This specimen measures 11 x 6.5 x 5 cm overall and is dominated by stacks of the three species mentioned and overgrown in places by dirty looking quartz crystals (white).  No damage, less a tiny chip on the largest chalcopyrite crystal, as seen.  $45

 

 

 

 

OKM-119

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Quartz

OKM-119    Galena, Chalcopyrite, Sphalerite, Quartz     Madan Rhodopi Mts., Bulgaria.  One broken cube on edge, sits nicely on this area, otherwise a floater.  Displays from any direction great.  Measures 6.7 x 5.5 x 4 cm.  Cubes are up to 3 cm on edge, have octahedral modifications, and hollow faces with nice growth hillocks.  Really nice example of some of the rarer galenas.  $160

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-814

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OKM-814    Rhodochrosite    Starnitsa Deposit, Davidkovo, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria.    Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  This large plate of rhodochrosite measures 14.5 x 13 x 6.5 cm overall.  The balls of crystals are in two generations, the first forming casts after an unknown mineral and the second, of basically the same attractive pink color, being deposited on them.  The bottom shows the casts well and only one hollow area appears on the display surface exposing a cast.  Both interesting and aesthetic.  The base also is crystallized with pyrite and galena.  Zero damage to this big specimen is a real plus.  A wonderful rhodo.  $2,300

 

 

 

 

OKL-893

OKL-893    Sphalerite and Galena      Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria.  Bright galenas hoppered or skeletal with minor schalenohedron modifications.  Bright, lustrous, smooth faced sphalerites.  Nice mix and aesthetics  8.2 x 7.2 x 4.1 cm with no damage.  Minor quartz.   $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-894

OKL-894    Sphalerite and Galena      Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria.  Sharp sphalerites yellow to deep red with most being darker in color.  The majority form in balls of crystals which are very aesthetic and flashy.  Only a few galena and quartz and they are low luster.  8 x 6 x 3.4 cm and no damage.  Back is crystallized by quartz and small galenas but is not very attractive.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-895

OKL-895    Sphalerite, Galena, Quartz, Calcite Balls     Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria.  A damage free floater with only very minor edge contact along a single side.  This aesthetic piece measures 7.9 x 5.5 x 4..4 cm overall. Great luster and crystal form, crystallized on backside too but it is not as attractive as front.  $40

 

 

 

 

OKL-897

OKL-897    Sphalerite and Pyrite    RESERVED      Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria.  A pice sporting big sphalerites with complex development and pyrites on one side of the specimen.  Luster is very nice and the specimen interesting.  Minor quartz.  6.5 x 5.4 x 4.6 cm with pyrite crystals on back, as well.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-892

OKL-892    Sphalerite and Galena      Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria.  Both skeletal and twinned cubes of galena that are slightly modified by octahedrons.  They have the perfect amount of patina and are slightly rounded.  The sphalerites are very large and each crystals surface is highly modified with surface growth features or parallel growth steps.  All very attractive and interesting.  7.5 x 7.1 x 3.7 cm overall.  Crystallized on back also but poorly compared to the front.  Minor quartz.  No damage.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-893

OKL-893    Sphalerite and Galena      Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria.  Bright galenas hoppered or skeletal with minor schalenohedron modifications.  Bright, lustrous, smooth faced sphalerites.  Nice mix and aesthetics  8.2 x 7.2 x 4.1 cm with no damage.  Minor quartz.   $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-894

OKL-894    Sphalerite and Galena      Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria.  Sharp sphalerites yellow to deep red with most being darker in color.  The majority form in balls of crystals which are very aesthetic and flashy.  Only a few galena and quartz and they are low luster.  8 x 6 x 3.4 cm and no damage.  Back is crystallized by quartz and small galenas but is not very attractive.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-895

OKL-895    Sphalerite, Galena, Quartz, Calcite Balls     Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria.  A damage free floater with only very minor edge contact along a single side.  This aesthetic piece measures 7.9 x 5.5 x 4..4 cm overall. Great luster and crystal form, crystallized on backside too but it is not as attractive as front.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-896

OKL-896    Galena and Sphalerite     Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria.  A beautiful example with fine twins well displayed on contrasting dull quartz matrix.  Zero damage floater with just the right patina for the species (galena).  8.7 x 6.2 x 4 cm.  Really nice specimen!  $120

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-897

OKL-897    Sphalerite and Pyrite    Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria.  A pice sporting big sphalerites with complex development and pyrites on one side of the specimen.  Luster is very nice and the specimen interesting.  Minor quartz.  6.5 x 5.4 x 4.6 cm with pyrite crystals on back, as well.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-557

OKL-557   Sphalerite, Galena, Calcite, Pyrite    Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria. A domical specimen measuring 5.5 x 5.2 x 3 cm with crystals to over a cm each.  An attractive mix of species exhibiting nice contrast, arrangement and diversity of textures.  Only edge contacts… excellent quality.   $35

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-561

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OKL-561   Sphalerite, Quartz and Galena    Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria.  A beautiful plate of yellow, gemmy sphalerites to 1.2 cm each on white quartz and minor galena matrix.  It measures 6 x 5 x 1.8 cm overall and is a damage free floater.  Great luster and overall aesthetics.  I think with most dealers this would command a much higher price but I think it will find a home fast at… $75

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-562

OKL-562   Sphalerite    Madan Ore Field, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria.  For a sphalerite from this prolific location this one is certainly exceptional.  It measures 8.2 x 5.5 x 3 cm overall with two distinct generations of translucent sphalerite.  There is one pin head sized micro ding that is not easily noticed so it isn’t “perfect”, but it is as close as it could be.  Fine luster and the aesthetics are impressive.  Displays great from any view.   $150

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-352

OKJ-352    Calcite and Quartz     Droujba Mine, Laki, Rhodopi Mts., Bulgaria.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.    Crystals of calcite to 2.2 cm each stand up nicely off quartz matrix.  All primary crystals are in fine shape and only breakage is along the edges where it would be expected.  An aesthetic piece measuring 4.4 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm.  Only $25

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