Dims: 3.8x1.8x0.9" (9.7x4.7x2.3 cm)
Wt: 3.5 oz. (99.8g)
Kruchevdol Mine, Madan, Bulgaria
This hand specimen has a nice presentation of galena crystals on a quartzite matrix. The galena crystals range up to 14mm in length, and have the standard silver-gray color and a decent metallic luster (not dull as is typical with natural galena crystal faces). The crystals are a combination cubic and octahedral - they look like cubes with pyramid terminations. The bottom of the specimen has hundreds of tiny crystals, which seem far too shiny to be galena (not counting cleavage faces). Their form is mostly cubic, and some faces are strongly striated. I am not sure what they are. Ther is also a small patch of something that looks like elemental silver.