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On this page we have shown a good representation of 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.

MARAMURES


Cavnic area

Pyrite after Pyrrhotite, Sphalerite and Quartz
Pyrite after Pyrrhotite, Sphalerite and Quartz. 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 = 3.35” × 3.27” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.6 cm = 0.79” × 0.63”

Former collection of Piroska Magyar
Pyrite and Quartz
 

TT47AG9: A crown of small cubic Pyrite crystals that are bright and are covering a spheroidal mass that sits on a cluster of Quartz crystals.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 9.5 × 7.5 × 6.3 cm = 3.74” × 2.95” × 2.48”

Pyrite and Quartz. Front
Front
Pyrite and Quartz. Top
Top
Pyrite and Quartz.
Chalcopyrite with Calcite and Galena
Chalcopyrite with Calcite and Galena. Chalcopyrite with Calcite and Galena.
 

TC69AF6: Aggregate of twinned Chalcopyrite crystals with the dominant forms of a disphenoid. They are very well defined and bright and have cubic Pyrite crystals on the back; small Galena crystals are associated. The chalcopyrite crystals are partially coated by groups of lenticular Calcite crystals. A classic piece from Cavnic, where good Chalcopyrite specimens are very scarce.
Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 5.7 × 5.2 × 2.5 cm = 2.24” × 2.05” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 2 cm = 0.94” × 0.79”

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 = 2.40” × 1.57” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.59” × 0.39”

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 = 4.21” × 2.48” × 1.30”

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 = 4.92” × 2.91” × 1.34”

Chalcopyrite with Quartz.
Chalcopyrite with Quartz.
Calcite with Pyrite
Calcite with Pyrite. Calcite with Pyrite.
 

NE46AI3: Double aggregate forming a “loop-like” shape of scalenohedral Calcite crystals that are very acute, translucent, bright and on a matrix coated by a first generation of Calcite crystals with Pyrite at the back.
The sample is from the Ignacio Hernández collection (num. 50) whose original label we’ll send to the buyer.
Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.8 × 3.8 cm = 2.09” × 1.89” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 3 cm = 1.26” × 1.18”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Hernández
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 = 2.28” × 2.28” × 1.06”

Calcite with Sphalerite, Quartz and Pyrite.
Calcite with Dolomite
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 = 3.03” × 2.56” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.3 cm = 0.98” × 0.91”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV
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 = 4.53” × 3.74” × 2.83”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.7 cm = 0.63” × 0.67”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Calcite with Dolomite, Galena, Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite. Calcite with Dolomite, Galena, Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite.
Calcite with Dolomite
Calcite with Dolomite.
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 = 5.91” × 3.15” × 3.35”

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV
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 = 2.83” × 1.69” × 1.50”

Sphalerite with Chalcopyrite.
Sphalerite with Quartz and Calcite
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 = 2.87” × 2.36” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 2.4 cm = 1.38” × 0.94”

Galena with Sphalerite and Quartz
 

EB90AC4: Aggregate of very sharp and bright cubo-octahedral Galena crystals with twinned Sphalerite crystals and partially coated by small Quartz crystals. The Galena is very attractive because of its great luster.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (1960-1970)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 10.5 × 4.7 cm = 4.53” × 4.13” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.5 cm = 0.67” × 0.59”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer
Galena with Sphalerite and Quartz. Galena with 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 = 1.26” × 1.10” × 0.59”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.31” × 0.28”

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 = 1.46” × 1.26” × 1.14”

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 = 1.65” × 1.30” × 1.34”

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 = 2.20” × 1.73” × 0.79”

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 = 2.52” × 2.28” × 0.67”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2.1 cm = 0.87” × 0.83”

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 = 2.95” × 2.36” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.16” × 0.12”

Type locality
Rhodochrosite with Calcite. Rhodochrosite with Calcite.
Rhodochrosite with Quartz (variety amethyst) and Helvine
Rhodochrosite with Quartz (variety amethyst) and Helvine. Rhodochrosite with Quartz (variety amethyst) and Helvine.
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 = 4.53” × 2.56” × 2.36”

Type locality

Former collection of Piroska Magyar
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 = 4.84” × 2.48” × 1.06”

Type locality

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer
Rhodochrosite with Siderite and Quartz. Rhodochrosite with Siderite and Quartz.
Rhodochrosite with Baryte and Dolomite
Rhodochrosite with Baryte and Dolomite. Rhodochrosite with Baryte and Dolomite.
 

NA89AL0: Group of flattened rhombohedral Rhodochrosite crystals, very bright and uniform pink color, with small Dolomite crystals and water-clear platy Baryte crystals, completely transparent and very lustrous.
Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 13 × 12.4 × 4.2 cm = 5.12” × 4.88” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.5 cm = 0.98” × 0.59”

Type locality
Rhodochrosite with Quartz
 

MG47AG7: Rosette growths of flattened rhombohedral crystals with a lenticular shape. They have a very intense pink color and are on matrix with small Quartz crystals. Of the best well known quality for these classic Rhodochrosites from Cavnic.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (1973)

Specimen size: 13.3 × 10.3 × 5 cm = 5.24” × 4.06” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.16” × 0.08”

Type locality

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer
Rhodochrosite with Quartz. Rhodochrosite with Quartz.
Baryte with Rhodochrosite epimorphic on Calcite
Baryte with Rhodochrosite epimorphic on Calcite. Front
Front
Baryte with Rhodochrosite epimorphic on Calcite. Rear
Rear
Baryte with Rhodochrosite epimorphic on Calcite. Baryte with Rhodochrosite epimorphic on Calcite.
 

MJ50AL0: Rosette of translucent platy Baryte crystals, light blue, with good luster, on Rhodochrosite matrix epimorphic of former crystals of Calcite and with Quartz and Dolomite.
This specimen is from the Uwe Niemeyer collection.
Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (1970)

Specimen size: 14.8 × 8.6 × 9.1 cm = 5.83” × 3.39” × 3.58”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Type locality (Rhodochrosite)
Baryte with "plumosite" inclusions
 

ED26Z4: Aggregate of tabular Baryte crystals, between translucent and transparent, very bright and with an intense and uniform yellow color. The crystals on the base of the aggregate have a dark gray color due to the presence of Boulangerite (variety plumosite) inclusions. A great museum piece, currently very difficult to obtain due to the closure of all the mines in Baia Mare mining area.
Roata Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (1960-1970)

Specimen size: 11.7 × 11 × 6.2 cm = 4.61” × 4.33” × 2.44”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 3.7 cm = 1.65” × 1.46”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Minor fluorescence short UV
Baryte with Baryte with
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, level 230, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (12/1995)

Specimen size: 12.7 × 9.3 × 5.7 cm = 5.00” × 3.66” × 2.24”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2 cm = 0.98” × 0.79”

Tetrahedrite with Rhodochrosite
 

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 = 2.28” × 1.73” × 0.71”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.6 cm = 0.63” × 0.63”

Tetrahedrite with Rhodochrosite. Front
Front
Tetrahedrite with Rhodochrosite. Side
Side
Tetrahedrite with Calcite and Pyrite
Tetrahedrite with Calcite and Pyrite. 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 = 5.39” × 4.02” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.2 cm = 0.51” × 0.47”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV
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 = 2.64” × 1.38” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.6 cm = 0.79” × 0.63”

Tennantite with Baryte and Pyrite.
Quartz (variety amethyst)
Quartz (variety amethyst). 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 = 2.56” × 2.28” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.9 cm = 0.79” × 0.35”

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  Romania (2000)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 1.2 × 0.8 cm = 1.02” × 0.47” × 0.31”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.04” × 0.04”

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  Romania (2000)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 2.1 × 1.9 cm = 1.89” × 0.83” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.04” × 0.04”

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  Romania (1991)

Specimen size: 14 × 12.5 × 3.5 cm = 5.51” × 4.92” × 1.38”

Cinnabar with Baryte.
Cinnabar with Baryte.

Boldut Chalcopyrite pocket

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

Chalcopyrite with Calcite and Quartz
Chalcopyrite with Calcite and Quartz.
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  Romania (04/1999)

Specimen size: 12.8 × 8 × 4 cm = 5.04” × 3.15” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2.2 cm = 0.87” × 0.87”

Calcite with Chalcopyrite and Pyrite

To see a larger 3D image please
click here or on the image
 

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  Romania (04/1999)

Specimen size: 14.5 × 10 × 6.5 cm = 5.71” × 3.94” × 2.56”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.8 cm = 0.51” × 0.31”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV
Calcite with Chalcopyrite and Pyrite. Calcite with Chalcopyrite 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 = 2.76” × 2.48” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.20” × 0.08”

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 = 2.80” × 2.17” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.20” × 0.08”

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 = 3.43” × 2.56” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.20” × 0.08”

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 × 6.7 × 4.4 cm = 4.13”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.20”

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

Herja Mine

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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1970-1980)

Specimen size: 9.4 × 8.3 × 5 cm = 3.70” × 3.27” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 4 × 2.3 cm = 1.57” × 0.91”

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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania (2003)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 8.5 × 5.6 cm = 4.13” × 3.35” × 2.20”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.4 cm = 0.63” × 0.55”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV
Calcite with Sphalerite.
Calcite with Sphalerite.
Semseyite
Semseyite. Semseyite.
Semseyite  

EM57AG0: Rosette-like aggregates of laminar Semseyite crystals with very well defined faces and edges, very bright and on a matrix with very bright Sphalerite crystals. An excellent Romanian classic.
The sample is from the René Hubin collection from Neupré in Belgium, whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 4.8 × 2 × 2.7 cm = 1.89” × 0.79” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.39” × 0.28”

Former collection of René Hubin
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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 6.5 × 6 × 3.5 cm = 2.56” × 2.36” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.2 cm = 0.24” × 0.08”

Semseyite with Siderite.
Semseyite with Siderite.
Semseyite with Galena
Semseyite with Galena. Semseyite with Galena.
Semseyite with Galena.
 

NR90AE7: Radial aggregates of acicular Semseyite crystals that are very bright and have grown on a druse of very bright cubo-octahedral Galena crystals, also very bright, with curved edges, all on a rocky matrix coated by lenticular Calcite crystals on the back.
The sample is from the Uwe Niemeyer collection.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 14 × 13.7 × 6.8 cm = 5.51” × 5.39” × 2.68”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer
Galena with Semseyite and Sphalerite
 

TY46AC5: Aggregate of Galena crystals with very evenly balanced cube and octahedron forms. They are on a Sphalerite matrix, with Semseyite and Chalcopyrite.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5 × 3.3 cm = 2.72” × 1.97” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 2.4 cm = 1.42” × 0.94”

Galena with Semseyite and Sphalerite. Galena with Semseyite and Sphalerite.
Galena with Semseyite, Siderite, Pyrrhotite and Pyrite
Galena with Semseyite, Siderite, Pyrrhotite and Pyrite. Galena with Semseyite, Siderite, Pyrrhotite and Pyrite.
 

TZ47X1: Cubo-octahedral crystals of Galena, bright and well defined, with radial growths of sharp platy crystals of Semseyite. Some of the faces of the Galena show very well marked skeletal growths.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 8 × 6.4 × 5 cm = 3.15” × 2.52” × 1.97”

Main crystal size: 4.7 × 3.8 cm = 1.85” × 1.50”

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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 10.9 × 9.8 × 5.4 cm = 4.29” × 3.86” × 2.13”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.55” × 0.47”

Galena with Quartz. Galena with Quartz.
Galena with Sphalerite
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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania (2002)

Specimen size: 12 × 7 × 6.3 cm = 4.72” × 2.76” × 2.48”

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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania (02/2001)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.5 × 2 cm = 1.22” × 0.98” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.1 cm = 0.98” × 0.43”

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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1970)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 4.2 × 4.2 cm = 1.73” × 1.65” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.6 cm = 0.47” × 0.24”

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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1960-1970)

Specimen size: 11 × 7.2 × 4.3 cm = 4.33” × 2.83” × 1.69”

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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1960-1970)

Specimen size: 10.9 × 5.5 × 3.9 cm = 4.29” × 2.17” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1.4 cm = 1.06” × 0.55”

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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1970-1980)

Specimen size: 11.8 × 9 × 5.3 cm = 4.65” × 3.54” × 2.09”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.5 cm = 0.83” × 0.59”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer
Baryte with Realgar inclusions. Baryte with Realgar inclusions.
Berthierite with Calcite and Siderite
Berthierite with Calcite and Siderite. Berthierite with Calcite and Siderite.
 

MA87AG9: Divergent aggregates of acicular Berthierite crystals, very rarely found on matrix. They are with Siderite and gray aggregates of Calcite crystals. One of the aggregates, on the left in the image, is truncated by a natural contact.
The sample is from the Uwe Niemeyer collection (num. 1965) and we’ll send the label to the buyer.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1956)

Specimen size: 11.7 × 9.8 × 7.7 cm = 4.61” × 3.86” × 3.03”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

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
 

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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania (10/2003)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2.5 × 1.8 cm = 0.98” × 0.98” × 0.71”

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
 

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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania (10/2003)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.3 × 1.9 cm = 1.02” × 0.91” × 0.75”

Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions
 

MP58AC2: 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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania (10/2003)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.7 × 2.7 cm = 1.26” × 1.06” × 1.06”

Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions. Front
Front
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions. Rear
Rear
Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions
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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania (±2000)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.4 × 2.5 cm = 1.38” × 1.34” × 0.98”

Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions
 

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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania (10/2003)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.5 × 2.5 cm = 1.46” × 1.38” × 0.98”

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
 

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 Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1996)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 5.7 × 5 cm = 2.68” × 2.24” × 1.97”

Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions
 

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

Specimen size: 7 × 4 cm = 2.76” × 1.57”

Calcite with Boulangerite inclusions.

Baia Sprie area

Bournonite
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  Romania (1999)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 3 × 2.8 cm = 1.26” × 1.18” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.4 cm = 0.55” × 0.55”

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 = 4.72” × 3.07” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 2.2 cm = 0.91” × 0.87”

Chalcopyrite with Quartz. Chalcopyrite with Quartz.
Chalcopyrite with Calcite and Quartz
Chalcopyrite with Calcite and Quartz. 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 = 5.71” × 3.62” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2 cm = 0.98” × 0.79”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer
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 = 3.27” × 2.64” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.9 cm = 0.35” × 0.35”

Semseyite with Sphalerite. Semseyite with Sphalerite.
Semseyite with Sphalerite.
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 = 4.13” × 2.56” × 2.28”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.9 cm = 0.98” × 0.75”

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 = 1.77” × 1.57” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.39” × 0.31”

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 = 3.94” × 3.35” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.9 cm = 0.91” × 0.75”

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 = 4.45” × 3.15” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 0.5 cm = 1.02” × 0.20”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer
Ferberite with Calcite and Quartz. Ferberite with Calcite and Quartz.
Siderite (variety sphaerosiderite) with Baryte
Siderite (variety sphaerosiderite) with Baryte. Siderite (variety sphaerosiderite) with Baryte.
Siderite (variety sphaerosiderite) with Baryte  

SH47AD3: Botryoidal Siderite (variety sphaerosiderite) on matrix with very sharp platy Baryte crystals that are translucent and have geometric zoning.
The sample is from the Francesco S. Stoppani collection (catalog number 0584), 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.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 8.5 × 6.9 × 3.8 cm = 3.35” × 2.72” × 1.50”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Quartz with Chlorite and Pyrite
 

MQ14Y9: Irregular aggregate of very acute Quartz crystals with Chlorite inclusions and with aggregates of very sharp cubic Pyrite crystals. Very unusual and fine.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1990)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 2.5 × 2.7 cm = 1.46” × 0.98” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 0.3 cm = 1.14” × 0.12”

Former collection of Piroska Magyar
Quartz with Chlorite and Pyrite. Front
Front
Quartz with Chlorite and Pyrite. Side
Side
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 = 3.66” × 2.87” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 0.9 cm = 1.02” × 0.35”

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 = 3.74” × 2.20” × 2.13”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 0.7 cm = 1.30” × 0.28”

Former collection of Piroska Magyar
Quartz (variety amethyst). Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst). Rear
Rear
Quartz (variety amethyst).

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  Romania (2001)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.7 × 2 cm = 1.38” × 1.06” × 0.79”

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  Romania (2001)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.5 × 3.4 cm = 1.97” × 1.38” × 1.34”

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  Romania (2001)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3 × 2.5 cm = 2.28” × 1.18” × 0.98”

Baryte fluorescent long & short UV

Stibnite with Calcite
 

EF17Z2: Aggregate, on Calcite matrix, of very bright Stibnite crystals with very well defined faces and edges and showing the most well-known Boldut shape, very short, flattened and with excellent terminations.
Baiut, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (±1970)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 3.7 × 3.3 cm = 2.40” × 1.46” × 1.30”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.2 cm = 0.79” × 0.47”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer
Stibnite with Calcite. Stibnite with Calcite.
Stibnite with Baryte
Stibnite with Baryte. 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  Romania (1990)

Specimen size: 10 × 9.5 × 6 cm = 3.94” × 3.74” × 2.36”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 0.3 cm = 1.26” × 0.12”

Stibnite with Pyrite
Stibnite with Pyrite  

MC69R3: Group of thick short prismatic crystals of Stibnite, with excellent terminations, typical of the Poiana Botizei mine, a locality that in its best times offered not too many samples but commonly of good quality.
With a label from the Joan Abella i Creus collection that we’ll send to the buyer.
Poiana Botizei Mine, Baiut, Maramures  Romania (±1986)

Specimen size: 13.2 × 10.5 × 7.4 cm = 5.20” × 4.13” × 2.91”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.7 cm = 0.98” × 0.67”

Stibnite with Pyrite. Stibnite with Pyrite.
Calcite
Calcite. Calcite.
 

EX66AI8: Druse, on matrix, of very sharp lenticular Calcite crystals with very well defined faces and edges and with a pale pinkish-orange color. It is from a one of the less well-known localities in this mining area, the Sasar Mine.
Sasar Mine, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (±1980-90)

Specimen size: 13.5 × 8.2 × 3.8 cm = 5.31” × 3.23” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.6 cm = 0.43” × 0.24”

Fluorescent long & short UV
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Pyrite
 

MD27AB3: Druse of transparent crystals with clear and very uniform color, very good luster and with small Pyrite aggregates. The sample has a very good quality for the locality.
Valea Rosie, Sasar-Valea Rosie mining area, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 6.9 × 4.7 × 2.2 cm = 2.72” × 1.85” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.6 cm = 0.39” × 0.24”

Quartz (variety amethyst) with Pyrite. Quartz (variety amethyst) with Pyrite.
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  Romania (±1980)

Specimen size: 11.4 × 11 × 5.8 cm = 4.49” × 4.33” × 2.28”

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  Romania (1970-1980)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 6.9 × 5.4 cm = 3.86” × 2.72” × 2.13”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.35” × 0.28”

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  Romania (1970-1980)

Specimen size: 12.6 × 11.2 × 4.2 cm = 4.96” × 4.41” × 1.65”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.5 cm = 0.59” × 0.59”

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  Romania (1970-1980)

Specimen size: 13.7 × 10 × 4.4 cm = 5.39” × 3.94” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 3.5 cm = 1.65” × 1.38”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer
Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz. Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz.

TURT

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

Calcite with Siderite
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 = 1.81” × 1.38” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 3.4 cm = 1.38” × 1.34”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV
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 = 2.76” × 2.56” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 3.2 cm = 1.38” × 1.26”

Fluorescent short UV
Calcite with Pyrite. Calcite 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 = 3.54” × 3.15” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.3 cm = 0.55” × 0.51”

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 = 3.35” × 2.28” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 2.9 cm = 1.42” × 1.14”

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 = 3.86” × 2.20” × 1.46”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2.4 cm = 1.10” × 0.94”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
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 = 1.77” × 1.42” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 1 cm = 1.38” × 0.39”

Former collection of Piroska Magyar
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Pyrite.
Galena with Siderite
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 = 3.15” × 2.17” × 1.57”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.5 cm = 0.63” × 0.59”

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 = 4.13” × 3.35”

Pyrrhotite pseudo by Chalcopyrite.

OTHER LOCALITIES


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  Romania

Specimen size: 9.8 × 6.7 × 7.8 cm = 3.86” × 2.64” × 3.07”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.43” × 0.39”

Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz  

EZ16W9: Dendritic growths of extraordinarily bright crystals, elongated and very flattened, on a rocky matrix with Quartz. An European classic with an old label that we’ll send to the buyer.
Rosia Montana, Apuseni Mountains, Alba County, Transylvania  Romania

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.3 × 2 cm = 1.34” × 0.91” × 0.79”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.1 cm = 0.16” × 0.04”

Gold with Quartz. Gold with Quartz.
Gold
Gold.
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  Romania (2003)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 2.9 × 2.3 cm = 1.46” × 1.14” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.04” × 0.04”

Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz  

NR92AK0: Arborescent growth of native Gold crystals, some of them with a laminar habit and others clearly octahedral, very bright, on matrix and with Quartz. The light color and the frequent presence in the deposit of the electrum variety (rich in silver) makes us think that it is indeed this variety.
The sample comes from the collection of Ignacio Gaspar whose file we will send to the buyer.
Rosia Montana, Apuseni Mountains, Alba, Transylvania  Romania

Specimen size: 6 × 4.8 × 2.6 cm = 2.36” × 1.89” × 1.02”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.3 cm = 0.12” × 0.12”

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar
Gold with Quartz. Gold with Quartz.
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  Romania (1998)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 3 × 3 cm = 2.48” × 1.18” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.04” × 0.04”

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  Romania (12/2001)

Specimen size: 23.5 × 10.5 × 6.8 cm = 9.25” × 4.13” × 2.68”

Quartz. Quartz.
Quartz with Sphalerite
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 (Offenbánya), Apuseni mountains, Alba County, Transylvania  Romania (±1870)

Specimen size: 9 × 5.4 × 3.4 cm = 3.54” × 2.13” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.5 cm = 0.47” × 0.20”

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 (Offenbánya), Apuseni mountains, Alba County, Transylvania  Romania (±1780)

Specimen size: 5 × 5 × 3.5 cm = 1.97” × 1.97” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.1 cm = 0.39” × 0.04”

Former collection Baronesi Teleki
Sylvanite on Rhodochrosite. Sylvanite on Rhodochrosite.
Sylvanite with Quartz
Sylvanite with Quartz. Sylvanite with Quartz.
 

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

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4 × 2.1 cm = 2.09” × 1.57” × 0.83”

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.
Sacarîmb (Nagyág), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania (XIX Century)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.8 × 1.9 cm = 2.36” × 1.50” × 0.75”

Sylvanite with Quartz.
Sylvanite with Quartz.
Nagyágite with Rhodochrosite and Sphalerite
Nagyágite with Rhodochrosite and Sphalerite.
Nagyágite with Rhodochrosite and Sphalerite.
Nagyágite with Rhodochrosite and Sphalerite  

MR90F3: Specimens of Nagyágite from the type locality Nagyág (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.
Sacarîmb (Nagyág), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania (±1900)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.5 × 4.3 cm = 1.97” × 1.38” × 1.69”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.43” × 0.31”

Nagyágite on Rhodochrosite
Nagyágite 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. Lanoë collection (num. 2376.01), and we give the label of this collection to the buyer.
Sacarîmb (Nagyág), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania (XIX Century)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.8 × 2.4 cm = 2.24” × 1.89” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.9 cm = 0.47” × 0.35”

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

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TJ86W1: Parallel and skeletal growths of much flattened and extraordinarily well defined crystals, which is really uncommon for this mineral. They also are unusually bright and are on matrix. A great classic.
Sacarîmb (Nagyág), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4 × 2.4 cm = 2.64” × 1.57” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.43” × 0.35”

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.
Sacarîmb (Nagyág), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania (1970)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 3.8 × 3.8 cm = 2.56” × 1.50” × 1.50”

Alabandite with Rhodochrosite. Front
Front
Alabandite with Rhodochrosite. Rear
Rear
Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Alabandite
Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Alabandite. Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Alabandite.
Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Alabandite  

SY28AD6: Translucent botryoidal and spheroidal Rhodochrosite growths that have a very intense and uniform color and are coating a surface of Quartz crystals on a finely banded matrix of Rhodochrosite and Alabandite. An European classic. As is the case with so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
Sacarîmb (Nagyág), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.6 × 3.5 cm = 2.64” × 1.81” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.20” × 0.20”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
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.
Sacarîmb (Nagyág), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.5 × 6.5 cm = 2.95” × 2.56” × 2.56”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.5 cm = 0.31” × 0.20”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani
Rhodochrosite with Alabandite. Rhodochrosite with Alabandite.
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.
Sacarîmb (Nagyág), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.1 × 3.2 cm = 2.52” × 2.01” × 1.26”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.2 cm = 0.35” × 0.08”

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.
Sacarîmb (Nagyág), Deva, Hunedoara  Romania

Specimen size: 7 × 4.1 × 3.4 cm = 2.76” × 1.61” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.47” × 0.08”

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  Romania

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4 × 2.8 cm = 2.17” × 1.57” × 1.10”

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  Romania (1920-1930)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.5 × 2.5 cm = 1.77” × 1.38” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.3 cm = 0.28” × 0.12”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV
Gold with Calcite.
Gold with Calcite.
Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Gold with Quartz. Gold with Quartz.
Gold with Quartz  

EY10AI0: Fine laminar Gold on a matrix of spherulitic Quartz. The sample, that is very old, is from a not well-known locality near Felsobanya, in the Transylvanian gold area, and it is with an ancient label from Deyrolle, Paris, that we’ll send to the buyer.
Fizeș, Deva, Hunedoara  Romania

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.7 × 2.7 cm = 1.89” × 1.46” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.16” × 0.12”

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 = 5.39” × 4.80” × 2.44”

Main crystal size: 5.8 × 4.2 cm = 2.28” × 1.65”

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.


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