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This page gathers together the specimens that, because of their quality, rarity or interesting locality,
we wish to maintain on our web site as reference specimens although they have been sold.

Calcite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Pyrite
Calcite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Pyrite.

NB36G4: Beautiful (and curious) growths of elongated globular aspect and pearly luster, esthetically and aerially developed on a matrix of Sphalerite with Quartz.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (05/2004)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5.8 × 2.7 cm = 2.3” × 2.3” × 1.1”

Calcite with Dolomite

TE64K0: Yellowish-white spherical growths of Calcite on a base of rhombohedral crystals of Dolomite with curved faces and edges.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (2005)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.5 × 3.8 cm = 3.0” × 2.6” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.3 cm = 1.0” × 0.9”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Calcite with Dolomite.
Calcite with Dolomite, Galena, Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite
Calcite with Dolomite, Galena, Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite. Calcite with Dolomite, Galena, Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite.
Calcite with Dolomite, Galena, Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite

SD89AB0: Divergent aggregates of very acute scalenohedral Calcite crystals implanted on a matrix coated by Dolomite, with Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite and Galena. These Calcite crystals have a very uncommon shape for the Boldut mine and they come from a local find. They have an excellent quality.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (±1995)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 9.5 × 7.2 cm = 4.5” × 3.7” × 2.8”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.7 cm = 0.6” × 0.7”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani

Calcite with Dolomite

TA57C9: From the old days of Romanian mining we got this very esthetic specimen with its spectacular contrast between the snow white Calcite and the reddish Dolomite. As you can see in the detailed photo the form of the Calcite crystals is very attractive too.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (1993)

Specimen size: 15 × 8 × 8.5 cm = 5.9” × 3.1” × 3.3”

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite with Dolomite.
Calcite with Dolomite.
Calcite with Quartz
Calcite with Quartz. Calcite with Quartz.

T86FS0: White, very acute sheaf-like aggregates of scalenohedral crystals of Calcite on a first generation of the same mineral that, in turn, partially coats a group of Quartz crystals. The sample is from an old mine now closed and abandoned.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (1997)

Specimen size: 19.7 × 10.4 × 6.3 cm = 7.8” × 4.1” × 2.5”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 2 cm = 1.7” × 0.8”

Sphalerite with Quartz and Calcite

TA16K0: Two twinned crystals of very well defined and bright faces and edges, implanted on a group of fine crystals of Quartz with small cubic Pyrite crystals.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (2006)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 6 × 3.4 cm = 2.9” × 2.4” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 2.4 cm = 1.4” × 0.9”

Sphalerite with Quartz and Calcite.
Sphalerite with Chalcopyrite
Sphalerite with Chalcopyrite.

T26DF6: The growth is very complex but the very brilliant crystals of Sphalerite have very well defined geometry, which is not that common. Especially esthetic given the contrast with the Chalcopyrite crystals.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (04/2001)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 4.3 × 3.8 cm = 2.8” × 1.7” × 1.5”

Chalcopyrite with Quartz and Calcite

MD14Y9: Aggregate of very sharp twinned Chalcopyrite crystals. They are very bright and are on matrix with clear Quartz crystals and plates of white Calcite crystals.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (1994)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 4 × 2.7 cm = 2.4” × 1.6” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”

Former collection of Piroska Magyar

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Chalcopyrite with Quartz and Calcite. Chalcopyrite with Quartz and Calcite.
Chalcopyrite with Quartz and Calcite
Chalcopyrite with Quartz and Calcite. Chalcopyrite with Quartz and Calcite.

TE56K0: Globular growths of very bright, small crystals of Chalcopyrite on a matrix of Quartz crystals partially covered by white Calcite.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (2005)

Specimen size: 10.7 × 6.3 × 3.3 cm = 4.2” × 2.5” × 1.3”

Quartz with Chalcopyrite

AC62M9: A group of Quartz crystals with phantom growths of Amethyst and with sharp, very well defined and bright crystals of Chalcopyrite.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 12 × 7.5 × 4.8 cm = 4.7” × 3.0” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.7 cm = 1.0” × 0.7”

Quartz with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Quartz with Chalcopyrite. Side
Side
Quartz with Chalcopyrite.
Chalcopyrite with Quartz
Chalcopyrite with Quartz.
Chalcopyrite with Quartz.

TV76H5: Crystals have very defined faces and edges and form very distinct interpenetrating twins. The sample is very esthetic due, especially, to the contrast between Chalcopyrite and the Quartz crystals with it.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (2003)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 7.4 × 3.4 cm = 4.9” × 2.9” × 1.3”

Pyrite after Pyrrhotite, Sphalerite and Quartz

MJ7Y9: Crystalline botryoidal Pyrite growths that are very bright with intense iridescence. The Pyrite has completely replaced flat, hexagonal shaped, crystals of a pre-existing Pyrrhotite. They are on matrix with black Sphalerite crystals (variety marmatite) and with Quartz crystals. A high quality pseudomorph.
Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (2000)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 8.3 × 4 cm = 3.3” × 3.3” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.6 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

Former collection of Piroska Magyar

Pyrite after Pyrrhotite, Sphalerite and Quartz. Pyrite after Pyrrhotite, Sphalerite and Quartz.
Calcite on Rhodochrosite
Calcite on Rhodochrosite.

ME63Y9: Divergent sprays of white acicular Calcite crystals contrasting nicely on a crystalline Rhodochrosite matrix with a very intense pink color. Different
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (1993)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.8 × 1.5 cm = 1.3” × 1.1” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.3” × 0.3”

Former collection of Piroska Magyar

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Type locality (Rhodochosite)
Rhodochrosite with Calcite

MC66AA8: Spheroidal growth of small lenticular Rhodochrosite crystals with an intense and uniform color partially coated by white Calcite crystals. The sample is from the type locality for Rhodochrosite
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (±1995)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.2 × 2.9 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 1.1”

Type locality

Former collection of Piroska Magyar

Rhodochrosite with Calcite. Rhodochrosite with Calcite.
Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Bournonite
Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Bournonite. Front
Front
Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Bournonite. Rear
Rear

MR96AA8: Aggregate of Rhodochrosite crystals with the well-known saddle shape. They have a uniform pink color, are on a micro-crystalline Quartz matrix and with a small group of Bournonite crystals. The sample is from the type locality for Rhodochrosite.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (±1995)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.3 × 3.4 cm = 1.7” × 1.3” × 1.3”

Type locality

Former collection of Piroska Magyar

Rhodochrosite with Quartz

EC96T8: Rosette growths of platy crystals of Rhodochrosite with a very intense pink color that contrasts with the white color of the Quartz crystal matrix.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (1960-1970)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.4 × 2 cm = 2.2” × 1.7” × 0.8”

Type locality

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Rhodochrosite with Quartz.
Rhodochrosite on Quartz
Rhodochrosite on Quartz. Rhodochrosite on Quartz.

TR57H7: A spheroidal growth of rhombohedral, very flat, crystals that have curved faces and edges. The group is deep pink and contrasts with a thin matrix of Quartz crystals. Very esthetic.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (±1986)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.8 × 1.7 cm = 2.5” × 2.3” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2.1 cm = 0.9” × 0.8”

Type locality

Rhodochrosite with Calcite

MR86R8: Aggregate of rhombohedral crystals with very pronounced curvatures, forming the habit well known as "saddle crystals". They have a very intense and uniform pink color and are partially coated by white groups of Calcite crystals.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (1960-1970)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6 × 3.5 cm = 3.0” × 2.4” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Type locality

Rhodochrosite with Calcite. Rhodochrosite with Calcite.
Rhodochrosite with Siderite and Quartz
Rhodochrosite with Siderite and Quartz. Rhodochrosite with Siderite and Quartz.

ED27T8: Botryoidal growths of small crystals of Rhodochrosite with an intense pink color and very bright, with brown globular growths of Siderite and crystals of Quartz.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (1960-1970)

Specimen size: 12.3 × 6.3 × 2.7 cm = 4.8” × 2.5” × 1.1”

Type locality

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Rhodochrosite with Quartz (variety amethyst) and Helvine

MC50Z3: Druse of small Rhodochrosite crystals with a very intense pink color and with the typical saddle shape. They are with groups of transparent, very bright and clear lilac Quartz (variety amethyst) crystals and with an associated classic: small but very sharp Helvine crystals with a very intense yellow color. These Romanian Helvines, incredible as it may seem now, were regarded as very significant until the occurrence of the Huanggang mega-crystals.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (1988)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 6.5 × 6 cm = 4.5” × 2.6” × 2.4”

Type locality

Former collection of Piroska Magyar

Rhodochrosite with Quartz (variety amethyst) and Helvine. Rhodochrosite with Quartz (variety amethyst) and Helvine.
Rhodochrosite with Quartz (variety amethyst) and Helvine.
Tetrahedrite with Rhodochrosite
Tetrahedrite with Rhodochrosite. Front
Front
Tetrahedrite with Rhodochrosite. Side
Side

MD96T2: Group of three very sharp tetrahedral Tetrahedrite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, very bright and with very well defined faces and edges, on a nest of Rhodochrosite with very intense pink color (for the locality)
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (±1999)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.4 × 1.8 cm = 2.3” × 1.7” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.6 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

Tetrahedrite with Calcite and Pyrite

T27KE8: The crystallographic simplicity of the Tetrahedite gives it a surprising beauty. The tetrahedra that give it its name are sharp, brilliant, have strong edges and contrast very well with the amazing forms of the Calcite and also with the small Pyrite pentadodecahedrons.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (1992)

Specimen size: 13.7 × 10.2 × 4 cm = 5.4” × 4.0” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.2 cm = 0.5” × 0.5”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Tetrahedrite with Calcite and Pyrite. Tetrahedrite with Calcite and Pyrite.
Tennantite with Baryte and Pyrite
Tennantite with Baryte and Pyrite.

TB12J5: A curious crystal partially deformed with predominant faces of the tetrahedron, enhanced on a matrix of small crystals of Tennantite, Pyrite and laminar crystals of white Baryte.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 6.7 × 3.5 × 3.2 cm = 2.6” × 1.4” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.6 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

Quartz (variety amethyst)

MM66H6: Crystals have a deeper color than usual for the locality and the three faces of the dominant rhombohedron are much larger than those of the other rhombohedron.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (±1970)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.8 × 3.7 cm = 2.6” × 2.3” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.9 cm = 0.8” × 0.4”

Quartz (variety amethyst). Quartz (variety amethyst).
Baryte with Quartz
Baryte with Quartz. Front
Front
Baryte with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Baryte with Quartz.

E97TS0: Group of tabular crystals of Baryte. They are bright, transparent and have deep yellow color and are on matrix with small crystals of Quartz. A spectacular sample coming from an old mine now closed and abandoned.
Roata Mine, 230 Level, Cavnic, Maramures  Rumania (12/1995)

Specimen size: 12.7 × 9.3 × 5.7 cm = 5.0” × 3.7” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2 cm = 1.0” × 0.8”

Gold on Quartz

N47SS0: Arborescent growths of small crystals with very well defined faces and edges, on Quartz matrix. It is from a mine in Cavnic, now closed but in the past it furnished some scarce samples of native Gold.
Roata Mine, Cavnic, Maramures  Rumania (2000)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 1.2 × 0.8 cm = 1.0” × 0.5” × 0.3”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”

Gold on Quartz. Gold on Quartz.
Gold on Quartz
Gold on Quartz. Gold on Quartz.

N67RS0: Arborescent growths of small crystals with very well defined faces and edges, on Quartz matrix. It is from a mine in Cavnic now closed but in the past it furnished some scarce samples of native Gold.
Roata Mine, Cavnic, Maramures  Rumania (2000)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 2.1 × 1.9 cm = 1.9” × 0.8” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”

Cinnabar with Baryte

TC86E4: Cinnabar is quite unusual from the Maramures area. It has only been found very occasionally, and even then it is found in botryoidal groups of micro crystals, not well-defined crystals. The intensity of the color, rarity and the fact that it is associated with Baryte make this old timer very interesting.
Roata Mine, Cavnic, Maramures  Rumania (1991)

Specimen size: 14 × 12.5 × 3.5 cm = 5.5” × 4.9” × 1.4”

Cinnabar with Baryte.
Cinnabar with Baryte.
Stibnite with Marcasite
Stibnite with Marcasite.
Stibnite with Marcasite.

TF36H5: Crystals have a not so common habit because are very short and flattened prisms. The definition of their faces and edges is excellent as is the aerial distribution of crystals on the Marcasite matrix.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1984-1985)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 6.5 × 5.8 cm = 4.1” × 2.6” × 2.3”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.9 cm = 1.0” × 0.7”

Bournonite

TM54: This group of lustrous crystals of Bournonite shows its form very well. The crystals are doubly terminated and they are pretty well placed and aerial on the Quartz and Pyrite matrix.
Mine 6 Baia Sprie, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Rumania (1999)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 3 × 2.8 cm = 1.3” × 1.2” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

Bournonite.
Chalcopyrite with Quartz
Chalcopyrite with Quartz. Chalcopyrite with Quartz.

EF47X2: Twinned crystals of Chalcopyrite with single forms and very well defined faces and edges. They are bright and are on a matrix of Quartz crystals. The quality is excellent for the locality.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1960-1970)

Specimen size: 12 × 7.8 × 3.2 cm = 4.7” × 3.1” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 2.2 cm = 0.9” × 0.9”

Chalcopyrite with Calcite and Quartz

EM73X6: Aggregate of disphenoidal Chalcopyrite crystals with pseudotetrahedral shape, with very well defined faces and edges and showing a very intense luster. They are on matrix with growths of white lenticular Calcite crystals. The sample has a great quality for the locality, where good Chalcopyrite crystals are uncommon.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1960-1970)

Specimen size: 14.5 × 9.2 × 4 cm = 5.7” × 3.6” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2 cm = 1.0” × 0.8”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Chalcopyrite with Calcite and Quartz. Chalcopyrite with Calcite and Quartz.
Semseyite with Sphalerite
Semseyite with Sphalerite. Semseyite with Sphalerite.
Semseyite with Sphalerite.

MF27S3: Rosette aggregates of very bright Semseyite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, which is rare for the species, and with very sharp crystals of Sphalerite and small coatings of Pyrite.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 8.3 × 6.7 × 3.3 cm = 3.3” × 2.6” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Scheelite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz

MA95E9: This crystal of Scheelite is surprising for the brilliance of the faces and edges of the double pyramid, as well as for the unusual blue color and level of transparency. The position of the crystal on the Quartz and Chalcopyrite makes it even more esthetic.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (10/2004)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4 × 3.7 cm = 1.8” × 1.6” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Scheelite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Scheelite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz.
Ferberite with Calcite
Ferberite with Calcite.
Ferberite with Calcite.

E97XD3: Sharp Ferberite standing upright on the strange matrix of Calcite whose crystals have a very unusual form. They look like fine pasta shells and they are covering Chalcopyrite crystals. All together curious, and not bad either.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1999)

Specimen size: 10 × 8.5 × 3 cm = 3.9” × 3.3” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.9 cm = 0.9” × 0.7”

Ferberite with Calcite and Quartz

MB68X5: Curious polysynthetic Ferberite crystals with a leaf shape. They are very bright and are on matrix, with Quartz and Calcite. Ferberite is a very infrequent species at Baia Sprie.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1960-1970)

Specimen size: 11.3 × 8 × 3.9 cm = 4.4” × 3.1” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 0.5 cm = 1.0” × 0.2”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Ferberite with Calcite and Quartz. Ferberite with Calcite and Quartz.
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Calcite and Pyrite
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Calcite and Pyrite. Quartz (variety amethyst) with Calcite and Pyrite.

MH46Y9: Group of very well defined Quartz crystals having two areas of different colors, pale lilac at the top and between colorless and slightly bluish at the base of the sample. They all are partially coated by small, very acute, white scalenohedral Calcite crystals and are with Pyrite.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (12/1993)

Specimen size: 9.3 × 7.3 × 4.4 cm = 3.7” × 2.9” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 0.9 cm = 1.0” × 0.4”

Former collection of Piroska Magyar

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV

Quartz (variety amethyst)

MA7Y9: Fine aggregate on matrix of very transparent crystals with an attractive pale lilac color and the slightly curved shape typical of the best samples from Baia Sprie.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1990)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 5.6 × 5.4 cm = 3.7” × 2.2” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 0.7 cm = 1.3” × 0.3”

Former collection of Piroska Magyar

Quartz (variety amethyst). Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst). Rear
Rear
Quartz (variety amethyst).
Galena with Quartz
Galena with Quartz. Galena with Quartz.

HP47L7: Group of cubic Galena crystals with excellent luster and showing well marked growth striations on the cube faces. Also with very visible spinel twins. There are Chalcopyrite and small Quartz crystals at the rear of the specimen.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 10.9 × 9.8 × 5.4 cm = 4.3” × 3.9” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Galena with Sphalerite

TQ57: Pyramid, Pyramid! screamed the Romanian gipsy seller trying to show me the fabulous (for him) quality of this specimen. After a long discussion, I finally purchased it, attracted by its different shape.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (2002)

Specimen size: 12 × 7 × 6.3 cm = 4.7” × 2.8” × 2.5”

Galena with Sphalerite.
Calcite with inclusions
Calcite with inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with inclusions. Top
Top

EQ14T8: Aggregate of rhombohedral crystals of Calcite with very marked curved faces and edges giving the so-called “saddle” shape. They are on matrix, with abundant “plumosite” (Boulangerite-Jamesonite) inclusions at the back of the sample.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (1970-1980)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 8.3 × 5 cm = 3.7” × 3.3” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 4 × 2.3 cm = 1.6” × 0.9”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer
Calcite with Sphalerite

TX46H5: Group of rhombohedral crystals of Calcite whose faces and edges are slightly curved. Color is snowy white and contrasts with the matrix of black Sphalerite that forms bright crystals of very well defined faces and edges.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (2003)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 8.5 × 5.6 cm = 4.1” × 3.3” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite with Sphalerite.
Calcite with Sphalerite.
Semseyite with Siderite
Semseyite with Siderite.
Semseyite with Siderite.

ER67F1: This one is very rich in Semseyite, with the tabular crystals forming groups and rosettes. The groups are partially surrounded by a covering of Siderite, which gives the whole specimen good contrast. An old-timer and one of the best for the species.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 6.5 × 6 × 3.5 cm = 2.6” × 2.4” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Doubly terminated Quartz with Boulangerite inclusions

ML8Z1: Very aerial aggregate of doubly terminated Quartz crystals with polycrystalline terminations and a grey color, due to Boulangerite inclusions.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (02/2001)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.5 × 2 cm = 1.2” × 1.0” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.4”

Former collection of Piroska Magyar

Doubly terminated Quartz with Boulangerite inclusions. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz with Boulangerite inclusions. Rear
Rear
Quartz (variety citrine)
Quartz (variety citrine). Quartz (variety citrine).

MG36Y9: Group of citrine Quartz crystals that have a pale color and dull faces with corroded prism faces. They are reverse sceptered growths with transparent and bright crystals that have a very intense and deep color. Exceptionally rare, it is the first sample of citrine Quartz we have never seen from this locality.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (1970)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 4.2 × 4.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.7” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.6 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”

Former collection of Piroska Magyar

Dolomite with Siderite and Gypsum with inclusions of Boulangerite

EC86AC4: Parallel aggregates of very flattened rhombohedral Siderite-Dolomite crystals partially coated by Gypsum crystals that have Boulangerite inclusions. We note that this association of Boulangerite and Gypsum is rare.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (1960-1970)

Specimen size: 11 × 7.2 × 4.3 cm = 4.3” × 2.8” × 1.7”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Dolomite with Siderite and Gypsum with inclusions of Boulangerite. Dolomite with Siderite and Gypsum with inclusions of Boulangerite.
Dolomite with Siderite and Gypsum with inclusions of Boulangerite.
Pyrrhotite with Galena
Pyrrhotite with Galena. Pyrrhotite with Galena.
Pyrrhotite with Galena.

EF86Z9: Parallel aggregate of sharp thin tabular Pyrrhotite crystals with intergrown cubic Galena crystals. Despite the age of the sample, its excellent condition suggests it is very stable, probably due a partial substitution by Pyrite.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (1960-1970)

Specimen size: 10.9 × 5.5 × 3.9 cm = 4.3” × 2.2” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1.4 cm = 1.1” × 0.6”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Baryte with Realgar inclusions

EP47T8: Group of sharp tabular crystals of Baryte, very transparent and bright and with zoned red inclusions of small crystals of Realgar.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (1970-1980)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 9 × 5.3 cm = 4.6” × 3.5” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.5 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer
Baryte with Realgar inclusions. Baryte with Realgar inclusions.
Stibnite with Baryte
Stibnite with Baryte. Stibnite with Baryte.

ME56Y9: Aggregate, on a Baryte matrix, of bright Stibnite crystals that have the most well-known Boldut shape, very short, flattened and with excellent terminations.
Poiana Botizei Mine, Baiut, Maramures  Rumania (±1980)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.6 × 4.6 cm = 2.4” × 2.2” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.6 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Baryte fluorescent long & short UV
Stibnite with Baryte

T97KE4: This Stibnite comes from a less well known mine in the Maramures region: Poiana Botizei in Baiut. You can tell this because it is associated with white Baryte that has thick crystals, which is different from the other Baryte from the area. The specimen is also very esthetic, so overall it is a rare beauty.
Poiana Botizei Mine, Baiut, Maramures  Rumania (1990)

Specimen size: 10 × 9.5 × 6 cm = 3.9” × 3.7” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 0.3 cm = 1.3” × 0.1”

Stibnite with Baryte. Stibnite with Baryte.
Pyrite and Chalcopyrite with Calcite
Pyrite and Chalcopyrite with Calcite. Pyrite and Chalcopyrite with Calcite.

TG16H5: Calcite covering another mineral (probably a first generation of Calcite) and on a matrix of complex crystals of Pyrite and twinned crystals of Chalcopyrite. Locality is very unusual and samples from this locality are very scarce.
Toroioaga Mine, Baia Borsa, Maramures  Rumania (±1980)

Specimen size: 11.4 × 11 × 5.8 cm = 4.5” × 4.3” × 2.3”

Calcite fluorescent short UV

Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz

EG36T6: Excellent quality for this not so well- known locality. The crystals of Sphalerite have polycrystalline growths, well developed tetrahedral faces, they are intermingled with finely striated Pyrite and they are partially coated by Quartz crystals.
Rodna Mountains, Maramures  Rumania (1970-1980)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 6.9 × 5.4 cm = 3.9” × 2.7” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz. Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz.
Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz
Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz.
Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz. Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz.

EA63X3: Sharp Sphalerite crystals with the dominant and very well defined form of the tetrahedron. They are deep black, have an excellent luster, and are on a matrix with very bright and deeply striated Pyrite crystals. They are partially coated by small Quartz crystals.
Rodna Mountains, Maramures  Rumania (1970-1980)

Specimen size: 12.6 × 11.2 × 4.2 cm = 5.0” × 4.4” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.5 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz

EH96T6: Among the best for this not so well-known locality. Twinned tetrahedral crystals of Sphalerite, one of them clearly dominant, with parallel polycrystalline growths, intermingled with finely striated Pyrite and partially coated by Quartz crystals.
Rodna Mountains, Maramures  Rumania (1970-1980)

Specimen size: 13.7 × 10 × 4.4 cm = 5.4” × 3.9” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 3.5 cm = 1.7” × 1.4”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz. Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz.
Andradite
Andradite. Andradite.

MP6P8: A super classic from a classic European locality. Crystals are trapezohedral, brownish and form the typical dense aggregates for which the locality is known.
Ocna de Fier, Banat Mountains, Caras-Severin County  Rumania

Specimen size: 9.8 × 6.7 × 7.8 cm = 3.9” × 2.6” × 3.1”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Quartz with Sphalerite
Quartz with Sphalerite

T26XH5: A group of prismatic crystals with very pronounced phantoms. Terminations clearly show only three faces of one rhombohedron and not the usual six of two rhombohedra. The group is formed on a matrix of Sphalerite.
With the sample we’ll give two very old and historical labels. The first one, from the XIX century and the second one from J.M. Ackner collection.
Baia de Aries (Offenbαnya), Apuseni mountains, Alba County, Transylvania  Rumania (±1870)

Specimen size: 9 × 5.4 × 3.4 cm = 3.5” × 2.1” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.5 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”

Quartz with Sphalerite.
Quartz
Quartz. Quartz.

TN96G4: Even considering that the principal interest of this big group of Quartz crystals is centered on the locality, worldwide famous by its gold telluride and actually re-exploited, we must also emphasize the morphology of the group and of the crystals, which on their top faces have a supremacy of one of the rhombohedrons, giving a first appearance that they terminate only with three faces instead of the usual six.
Rosia Montana, Apuseni Mountains, Alba County, Transylvania  Rumania (12/2001)

Specimen size: 23.5 × 10.5 × 6.8 cm = 9.3” × 4.1” × 2.7”

Alabandite with Rhodochrosite

T13LF6: A very rare species. Analysis has shown that it is Alabandite. Although this is normally an unattractive species, this time it is accompanied by Rhodochrosite concretions that create a sharp contrast and also add to the esthetics. We will give you the results of or analysis.
Sacarξmb (Nagyαg), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania (1970)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 3.8 × 3.8 cm = 2.6” × 1.5” × 1.5”

Alabandite with Rhodochrosite. Front
Front
Alabandite with Rhodochrosite. Rear
Rear
Rhodochrosite with Alabandite
Rhodochrosite with Alabandite. Rhodochrosite with Alabandite.
Rhodochrosite with Alabandite

EZ26AA4: Aggregates of very sharp rhombohedral Rhodochrosite crystals. They are bright, have a very intense, vivid and uniform pink color and are on matrix, with Alabandite and Calcite. Their crystal size, color and general esthetic aspect allow us to place it among the best never found Rhodochrosites from this classic locality very well known for its tellurides.
Sacarξmb (Nagyαg), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.5 × 6.5 cm = 3.0” × 2.6” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.5 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani

Gold

TC67K0: Arborescent growth of very bright laminar and acicular crystals, on matrix. The specimen is from a relatively recent find (2003) at this classic locality.
Rosia Montana, Apuseni Mountains, Alba County, Transylvania  Rumania (2003)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 2.9 × 2.3 cm = 1.5” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”

Gold.
Gold.
Gold
Gold.
Gold. Gold.

EJ82F6: Native Gold from Transylvania is a European classic. In this one a vein of small, well-developed Quartz crystals crosses the dark matrix. On the Quartz there are monometric crystals of very well-defined Gold.
Rosia Montana, Apuseni Mountains, Alba County, Transylvania  Rumania (1998)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 3 × 3 cm = 2.5” × 1.2” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”

Gold with Quartz

TG79M9: Mossy-arborescent growth of lamellar, very bright, crystals on Quartz. Due to its color, lighter than usual for Gold, and to the frequent presence on the locality of the variety Electrum, rich in Silver, we think it is effectively this variety.
Rosia Montana, Apuseni Mountains, Alba County, Transylvania  Rumania (±1860)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 7.8 × 7.7 cm = 3.3” × 3.1” × 3.0”

Gold with Quartz.
Gold with Quartz. Gold with Quartz.
Gold with Calcite
Gold with Calcite.
Gold with Calcite.

EL10F0: The laminar crystals of Gold are peppered across the matrix, which is rich in Calcite, in this specimen from an unusual locality. In fact I cannot recall ever having seen another one from this mine – so a rarity.
Bucsony (Bucium), Apuseni Mountains, Alba County, Transylvania  Rumania (1920-1930)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.5 × 2.5 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.3 cm = 0.3” × 0.1”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Sylvanite with Quartz

EF68R3: Partially dendritic growths of very elongated and flattened crystals on matrix. A classic of Romanian mineralogy.
Baia de Aries (Offenbαnya), Apuseni mountains, Alba County, Transylvania  Rumania

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4 × 2.1 cm = 2.1” × 1.6” × 0.8”

Sylvanite with Quartz. Sylvanite with Quartz.
Sylvanite with Quartz
Sylvanite with Quartz.
Sylvanite with Quartz.

EM72G5: A piece of high quality considering its rarity, with a perfect growth of oriented crystals forming a rich surface on the Quartz matrix. As we usually do in the case of rare species we give to the buyer a copy of the analysis.
Sacarξmb (Nagyαg), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania (XIX Century)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.8 × 1.9 cm = 2.4” × 1.5” × 0.7”

Sylvanite on Rhodochrosite

EJ62E9: A classic, but with features that make if different from other specimens from this locality. The prismatic crystals of Sylvanite, which are almost needles, are very brilliant and quite long. They are very well-defined and contrast well with the background of pale Rhodochrosite. We will give the purchaser a copy of the analysis of the Sylvanite, which we did because of its unusual appearance.
Baia de Aries (Offenbαnya), Apuseni mountains, Alba County, Transylvania  Rumania (±1780)

Specimen size: 5 × 5 × 3.5 cm = 2.0” × 2.0” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.1 cm = 0.4” × 0.0”

Former collection Baronesi Teleki
Sylvanite on Rhodochrosite. Sylvanite on Rhodochrosite.
Nagyαgite with Rhodochrosite and Sphalerite
Nagyαgite with Rhodochrosite and Sphalerite.
Nagyαgite with Rhodochrosite and Sphalerite.
Nagyαgite with Rhodochrosite and Sphalerite

MR90F3: Specimens of Nagyαgite from the type locality Nagyαg (now called Sacaramb) are quite rare. The laminar crystals in this one are of considerable size and well defined for the species. In the matrix there is also some Sphalerite (analyzed) and Rhodochrosite.
It comes with an old label from the dealer C.F. Pech (Mineralien-Comtoir), Berlin.
Sacarξmb (Nagyαg), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania (±1900)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.5 × 4.3 cm = 2.0” × 1.4” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Nagyαgite on Rhodochrosite
Nagyαgite on Rhodochrosite

ML49G5: Laminar crystal of considerable size and a good development, strategically grown on the top of a matrix in which the Rhodochrosite enhances.
The piece was from the J.F. Lanoλ collection (num. 2376.01), and we give the label of this collection to the buyer.
Sacarξmb (Nagyαg), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania (XIX Century)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.8 × 2.4 cm = 2.2” × 1.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.9 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”

Nagyαgite on Rhodochrosite. Nagyαgite on Rhodochrosite.
Copper
Copper. Copper.

AC6AA6: Dendritic aggregates of crystals with very well defined faces and edges, on matrix. Copper is a very rare species at the classic locality of Sacarimb; specimens like this one were long believed to contain traces of gold, but precise, modern methods of analysis indicate that they consist of pure native Copper, with no other significant elements.
Sacarξmb (Nagyαg), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.1 × 3.2 cm = 2.5” × 2.0” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.2 cm = 0.4” × 0.1”

Copper

AD16AA6: Dendritic aggregates of crystals with very well defined faces and edges, on matrix. Copper is a very rare species at the classic locality of Sacarimb; specimens like this one were long believed to contain traces of gold, but precise, modern methods of analysis indicate that they consist of pure native Copper, with no other significant elements.
Sacarξmb (Nagyαg), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania

Specimen size: 7 × 4.1 × 3.4 cm = 2.8” × 1.6” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.5” × 0.1”

Copper. Copper.
Stephanite
Stephanite. Stephanite.

M88RC3: A mineral that bears the name of a King (Stephan) and mined over two centuries ago, in the 19th century. So much history for this rare specimen.

Ruda Barza, Brad, Transilvania  Rumania

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4 × 2.8 cm = 2.2” × 1.6” × 1.1”

Quartz after Calcite with Sphalerite and Pyrite
Quartz after Calcite with Sphalerite and Pyrite

EA87AE5: Perimorph growths of small white Quartz crystal coatings over disappeared Calcite crystals that had very sharp rhombohedral forms. On the back on the sample groups of Pyrite micro-crystals and twinned Sphalerite crystals have grown. The sample is from a very poorly known mine, far from the Maramures area.
Bucegi Mountains (Gaura), Brasov, Brasov District, Transylvania  Romania (1969)

Specimen size: 13.7 × 12.2 × 6.2 cm = 5.4” × 4.8” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 5.8 × 4.2 cm = 2.3” × 1.7”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Quartz after Calcite with Sphalerite and Pyrite. Front
Front
Quartz after Calcite with Sphalerite and Pyrite. Rear
Rear
Quartz after Calcite with Sphalerite and Pyrite.

Chalcostibite

Chalcostibite with Quartz and Dolomite
Chalcostibite with Quartz and Dolomite. Chalcostibite with Quartz and Dolomite.

TD16M7: Groups of small flat crystals, very well defined and bright (which is very rare for this species), on white Quartz crystals and small crystals of Dolomite. A rarity for the Boldut Mine, actually closed. Some time ago we did the analysis that we will send to the buyer.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (2001)

Specimen size: 7 × 6.3 × 4.2 cm = 2.8” × 2.5” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Chalcostibite with Quartz and Dolomite

TC76M7: Groups of small flat crystals, very well defined and bright (which is very rare for this species), on white Quartz crystals and small crystals of Dolomite. A rarity for the Boldut Mine, actually closed. Some time ago we did the analysis that we will send to the buyer.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (2001)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5.5 × 3.6 cm = 2.8” × 2.2” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Chalcostibite with Quartz and Dolomite. Chalcostibite with Quartz and Dolomite.
Chalcostibite with Quartz and Dolomite
Chalcostibite with Quartz and Dolomite.
Chalcostibite with Quartz and Dolomite.

TF46M7: Groups of small flat crystals, very well defined and bright (which is very rare for this species), on white Quartz crystals and small crystals of Dolomite. A rarity for the Boldut Mine, actually closed. Some time ago we did the analysis that we will send to the buyer.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (2001)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 6.5 × 4.7 cm = 3.4” × 2.6” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Chalcostibite with Quartz and Dolomite

TH36M7: Groups of small flat crystals, very well defined and bright (which is very rare for this species), on white Quartz crystals and small crystals of Dolomite. A rarity for the Boldut Mine, actually closed. Some time ago we did the analysis that we will send to the buyer.
This specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 11, volume 39, number 11, Noviembre 2014
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (2001)

Specimen size: 10.5 Χ 6.7 Χ 4.4 cm = 4.1”

Main crystal size: 0.5 Χ 0.2 cm = 0.2”

Chalcostibite with Quartz and Dolomite.
Chalcostibite with Quartz and Dolomite.

Boldut Chalcopyrite pocket

A superb pocket of Chalcopyrite with Calcite and Quartz was found in early 1999 and has been a hit with collectors.

Calcite with Chalcopyrite and Pyrite
Calcite with Chalcopyrite and Pyrite. Calcite with Chalcopyrite and Pyrite.

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ER89Z0: Aggregate of white laminar Calcite crystals with fine polycrystalline surfaces. They are on matrix, with twinned Chalcopyrite crystals and small Quartz crystals. The sample, a classic from the Boldut mine, Romania, is from a single find in the year 1999.
Boldut Mine, 61 level, ↓350m., Cavnic, Maramures  Rumania (04/1999)

Specimen size: 14.5 × 10 × 6.5 cm = 5.7” × 3.9” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.8 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Chalcopyrite with Calcite and Quartz

E16CF6: The complex growth forms of the Chalcopyrite are on a matrix of compact Quartz crystals. During a later phase of crystallization, with a surprising esthetic effect, some curious lenticular crystals of Calcite grew on the matrix.
Boldut Mine, 61 level ↓350m., Cavnic, Maramures  Rumania (04/1999)

Specimen size: 12.8 × 8 × 4 cm = 5.0” × 3.1” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2.2 cm = 0.9” × 0.9”

Chalcopyrite with Calcite and Quartz.
Chalcopyrite with Calcite and Quartz.

Realgar included in Baryte

Realgar it is an extremely sensitive mineral, so there are not many chances to have a solid Realgar in one's collection. One of the rare exceptions is when the Realgar is included in another mineral, then the fact that it is included saves the Realgar from decay. Realgar included in Baryte from Rumania is often sought after by collectors for two reasons: first for its inherent beauty and secondly because to allows you to have the chance to own stable Realgar.
In 2001, in Baia Sprie, miners found a nice lot of Realgar included in Baryte with good color and also associated with Boulangerite. From this find we selected these specimens.

Realgar included in Baryte
Realgar included in Baryte.

EV26D1: The Baryte includes both Realgar and Boulangerite (at the bottom) giving it red and black zones. Minor very brilliant Stibnite is associated with it too.
Baia Sprie Mine, level XIV, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Rumania (2001)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.7 × 2 cm = 1.4” × 1.1” × 0.8”

Baryte fluorescent long & short UV
Realgar included in Baryte

EQ46D1: The deepest reddish colors in these crystals on matrix with Boulangerite as well.

Baia Sprie Mine, level XIV, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Rumania (2001)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.5 × 3.4 cm = 2.0” × 1.4” × 1.3”

Baryte fluorescent long & short UV
Realgar included in Baryte.
Realgar included in Baryte
Realgar included in Baryte.

EN26D1: Intensely colored Baryte, aerial on its matrix, and also colored black by the Boulangerite.
Baia Sprie Mine, level XIV, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Rumania (2001)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3 × 2.5 cm = 2.3” × 1.2” × 1.0”

Baryte fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions

Herja mine is world famous for its great Stibnite and it sometimes also produces very unusual black Calcite. The color is due to the Boulangerite inclusions.

Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions

MR58AC2: Floater growth of very flattened Calcite rhombohedra with a single axis, so one can clearly see two zones, one of them snowy white and one darker due to inclusions of Boulangerite. One of the most characteristic curiosities of the Maramures mining area, currently just a memory.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (10/2003)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.3 × 1.9 cm = 1.0” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions. Rear
Rear
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions. Rear
Rear

MA8AC2: Floater growth of much flattened Calcite rhombohedra with a single axis, so one can clearly see two zones, one of them clear with a hint of reddish Hematite and one darker due to inclusions of Boulangerite. One of the most characteristic curiosities of the Maramures mining area, currently just a memory.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (10/2003)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.5 × 1.8 cm = 1.0” × 1.0” × 0.7”

Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions

TQ11H5: Crystals are really very flat rhombohedron with slightly curved edges but they are grouped forming a floating rosette whose black color is due to Boulangerite inclusions.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (±2000)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.4 × 2.5 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 1.0”

Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions.
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions. Rear
Rear

MH60J2: The crystals, which really are very flat rhombohedrons with extremely curved edges, are grouped in a floating rosette that seems divided in two parts due to black zoned inclusions of Boulangerite on one side.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (10/2003)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.5 × 2.5 cm = 1.5” × 1.4” × 1.0”

Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions

JR76G1: Splendid floating specimen of flat rhombohedral crystals locally forming uniaxial groups. A clear divisionary line separates the specimen in two halves. In one of them the crystals are absolutely white. In the other half inclusions of Boulangerite confer to the sample different shades of gray.
The sample is from an accredited collection. With this specimen we will send to the buyer the original label of the collection.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (1996)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.7 × 5 cm = 2.7” × 2.2” × 2.0”

Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions. Rear
Rear
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions.

E82H: A lovely group of floater Calcite balls. Extremely original!
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (04/2001)

Specimen size: 7 × 4 cm = 2.8” × 1.6”


Turt

Turt, Satu Mare, Maramures. This is not really a new locality, as the mine has been active for many years. But what is new is that they recently began to find high quality specimens in this mine. That said, the finds are fairly infrequent and depend on the area of the mine being worked.

Quartz (variety amethyst) with Pyrite

MA6Z3: Aggregate of pale violet amethyst crystals with a slight bulge on the sides, typical of the amethysts of this locality. The group is on a matrix of finely striated cubic Pyrite crystals. A scarce sample from a now extinct locality.
Turt Mine, Turt, Negresti-Oas, Oas Mountains, Satu Mare  Romania (1992)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.6 × 2.5 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 1 cm = 1.4” × 0.4”

Former collection of Piroska Magyar

Quartz (variety amethyst) with Pyrite.
Pyrite with Siderite
Pyrite with Siderite. Pyrite with Siderite.

TM63H4: It comes from the unique find of high quality cubic Pyrite at this locality, now closed. The specimen shows a perfect development of cubic crystals, free of damage, very bright and partially covered with small crystals of Siderite.
Turt Mine, Turt, Negresti-Oas, Oas Mountains, Satu Mare  Romania (2005)

Specimen size: 9 × 8 × 2 cm = 3.5” × 3.1” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Calcite with Siderite

TR11H5: Crystals are really very flat rhombohedra with slightly curved edges but they are grouped forming esthetic snowy white rosettes on a crystallized matrix of Siderite.
Turt Mine, Turt, Negresti-Oas, Oas Mountains, Satu Mare  Romania (2002)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3.5 × 2.6 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 3.4 cm = 1.4” × 1.3”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Calcite with Siderite.
Calcite with Pyrite
Calcite with Pyrite. Calcite with Pyrite.

NQ86AE2: Aggregate of flat white Calcite crystals in parallel growth, with curvatures on the faces and edges, translucent, and on a matrix coated by a first generation of Calcite crystals that are yellow, very much more individualized and with a very different shape. The matrix, on the back, is partially coated by aggregates of Pyrite microcrystals. The sample, very esthetic, is a Romanian classic.
Turt Mine, Turt, Negresti-Oas, Oas Mountains, Satu Mare  Romania (2009)

Specimen size: 7 × 6.5 × 3.1 cm = 2.8” × 2.6” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 3.2 cm = 1.4” × 1.3”

Fluorescent short UV

Siderite with Quartz and Pyrite

ND16G4: Rhombohedrons are very defined and its rough surface is a product of re-crystallization of the same Siderite. Crystals are aerial on a matrix of Quartz crystals with little crystallizations of Pyrite.
Turt Mine, Turt, Negresti-Oas, Oas Mountains, Satu Mare  Romania (2003)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 5.8 × 3.9 cm = 3.3” × 2.3” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 2.9 cm = 1.4” × 1.1”

Siderite with Quartz and Pyrite.
Calcite with ferroan Dolomite, Quartz and Pyrite
Calcite with ferroan Dolomite, Quartz and Pyrite. Calcite with ferroan Dolomite, Quartz and Pyrite.
Calcite with ferroan Dolomite, Quartz and Pyrite

SC86AD3: Very sharp rhombohedral Calcite crystals completely coated by ferroan Dolomite, with Pyrite microcrystals and on a matrix of Quartz crystals.
The sample is from the Francesco S. Stoppani collection (catalog number 1164), whose label we’ll send to the buyer. As is the case with so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
Turt Mine, Turt, Negresti-Oas, Oas Mountains, Satu Mare  Romania

Specimen size: 9.8 × 5.6 × 3.7 cm = 3.9” × 2.2” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2.4 cm = 1.1” × 0.9”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani

Galena with Siderite

E6RC9: More brilliant than others, this Galena from Turt displays very well with its separate crystals of galena on the clean brownish Siderite all on the matrix formed of massive Chalcopyrite-Sphalerite.
Turt Mine, Turt, Negresti-Oas, Oas Mountains, Satu Mare  Romania (1999)

Specimen size: 8 × 5.5 × 4 cm = 3.1” × 2.2” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.5 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

Galena with Siderite.
Pyrrhotite pseudo by Chalcopyrite
Pyrrhotite pseudo by Chalcopyrite.

T62Q: Something different: Chalcopyrite after Pyrrhotite rosettes with Galena and minor Sphalerite. Everything well crystallized.
Turt Mine, Turt, Negresti-Oas, Oas Mountains, Satu Mare  Romania (2000)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 8.5 cm = 4.1” × 3.3”



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