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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2016 05:50    Post subject: Favourite Sphalerites?  

... I had to collect minerals for more than 20 years until I started to like and to collect sphalerite. I always loved galena and pyrite, but no other sulfide mineral was interesting to me. I changed my mind this year when a fellow collector gave up his sphalerite collection and I had the chance to purchase some fine specimens from him. He always made fun of me when I thought of sphalerite as a rather "boring" mineral and he was sure I would change my mind after seeing his collection. He was right, I changed my mind, but he gave up his idea of collecting a sphalerite from every known locality (!) in the world and so he sold most of his specimens and started to collect Tsumeb ;-) I really begin to like that mineral and I'd like to know what other collector's favourite localities for that mineral are. Mine are (so far):

- Krushev dol mine, Madan ore field, Rhodope Mts, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
- Elmwood mine, Carthage, Central Tennessee Ba-F-Pb-Zn District, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
- Trepča complex, Trepča valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, District of Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo
- Dzhezkazgan Mine, Dzhezkazgan, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan
- Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
- Steinperf, Dillenburg District, Hesse, Germany

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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2016 07:40    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerite localities?  

- Standard Slag Quarry, Adams County, Ohio, USA
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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2016 08:18    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerite localities?  

Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
Naica, Chihuahus, Mexico
Bolivar Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico
Bismark Mine, Ascencion, Chihuahua, Mexico
Flor de Pena Mine, Lampazos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico (crystallized matrix of legrandite type specimen)

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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2016 08:29    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerite localities?  

The reddish-honey Sphalerite from the Áliva mining area!


Sphalerite with Dolomite - Las Mánforas Mine_Aliva_Cantabria_Spain.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite with Dolomite
 Locality:
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria, Spain
 Description:
Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.1 × 2.2 cm
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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2016 09:07    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerite localities?  

The Spanish locality has to be near the top of anyone's list. I would add:

Penfield and Walworth Quarries, New York
Several English localities
Inner Mongolia
Cave-in-Rock/Rosiclare, Illinois, USA
The Tri-State District - Picher, Oklahoma; Treece, Kansas and Joplin, Missouri
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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2016 09:09    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerite localities?  

Photos please! Photos please!!! ;-) ;-)
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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2016 09:15    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerite localities?  

Anyone who visited Munuch Show 1985 will have very vivid memories of a SPANISH DEALER WITH A STAND OF INCREDIBLE and ONLY SPHALERITE and yes of courser forom the Mines in the Picos de Europa region. Lovely gem crystal with ands on matrix, the largest one flawless 30 cm diameter and glowing!
Never seen the like again
And yes, they do not need to be such large and gem my, there were p,entry 5-10 cm gem ones too and all of mmy money had already gone to one specimen, a very old Russian 20 cm aquamarine.. not a penny left
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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2016 10:25    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerite localities?  

I love the ones from Las Manforas Mine, especially as I have collected there a few times.


B450 sphalerite.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria, Spain
 Dimensions: 1cm x 1cm crystal
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Photo by Paco Piña
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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2016 10:39    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerite localities?  

I have one from there as well. Very attractive but not large. Back to Peter's description of the Spanish dealer's booth - that must have been quite a sight to experience. One has to wonder where they all have gone.
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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2016 10:52    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerite localities?  

My favorite sphalerite localities are (in no particular order):

-Madan Ore Field, Bulgaria

-Tri-State District (OK-KS-MO), United States

-Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, United States

-Illinois-Kentucky Fluorspar District, Hardin County, Illinois, United States

-various Ohio localities (Lime City Quarry, Millersville Quarry, Auglaize Quarry, Bluffton
Quarry, Plum Run Quarry, Standard Slag Quarry [Adams County])

...and since Jordi would like a picture...here is one below



JKB927, Galena, Sphalerite, Calcite, Quartz, W.L. Davis Deardorff Mine, Illinois.jpg
 Mineral: Galena, Sphalerite, Quartz, Calcite
 Locality:
W.L. Davis-Deardorff Mine, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 7 cm x 9 cm x 11.5 cm
 Description:
A cabinet specimen of several different minerals from the Sub-Rosiclare Level of the W.L. Davis - Deardorff Mine. This was in the former collection of Dr. Perry and Anne Bynum and Ross Lillie.
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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2016 11:18    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerite localities?  

Jordi Fabre wrote:
Photos please! Photos please!!! ;-) ;-)
Aye aye, captain! ;-) Here are the four specimens that are currently in my collection (not counting specimens with sphalerite as accessory mineral) and that I purchased after my interest in that mineral began:


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 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Central Tennessee Ba-F-Pb-Zn District, Smith County, Tennessee, USA
 Dimensions: Specimen size 12 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4386 Time(s)

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DzheZINK.JPG
 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Dzhezkazgan Mine, Dzhezkazgan, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan
 Dimensions: Specimen size 4 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4401 Time(s)

DzheZINK.JPG



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 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Krushev dol Mine, Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
 Dimensions: Specimen size 7 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4385 Time(s)

BulgZINK.JPG



MeggenZINK.JPG
 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Meggen Mine, Lennestadt, Olpe, Sauerland, North Rhine-Westphalia/Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
 Dimensions: Specimen size 6 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4382 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2016 14:08    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerite localities?  

Primarily collecting Indiana minerals, I have a number of self collected sphalerites from different Indiana localities. These 2 are from Washington County. Both were self collected in February 2014.


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 Mineral: dolomite on sphalerite on dolomite
 Locality:
State Route 56 road cut, Canton, Washington County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: both geodes are about 5 cm and both sphalerites are about 3.3 cm
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 Mineral: dolomite on sphalerite on dolomite
 Locality:
State Route 56 road cut, Canton, Washington County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: geode is 5 cm, the sphalerite is 3.3 cm
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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2016 15:14    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerite localities?  

As a group, the sulfides are probably my favorite, and sphalerite ranks 2nd just behind galena as one of my favorite minerals. No surprise that my list of favorite locations is very similar to the others mentioned, but I will add the mines in Maramures, Romania, the Huaron Mines in Peru, and the Kanjiawan Deposit in Hunan, China. A few of my favorites are shown below.


0987 Sphalerite.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Picher Field, Tri-State District, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, USA
 Dimensions: 7.0 x 11.7 cm
 Description:
Resinous brownish-black sphalerite crystals to 2.5 cm with epitactic chalcopyrite and small “ruby jack” sphalerites on chert.
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 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Commodore Mine, Creede District, Mineral County, Colorado, USA
 Dimensions: 5.0 x 6.5 cm
 Description:
A classic Creede sulfide combination consisting of dark, sherry-colored sphalerite crystals to 1 cm with brassy chalcopyrite crystals and late stage, hoppered, cubic galena crystals.
 Viewed:  4303 Time(s)

1197 Sphalerite.jpg



1394 Sphalerite.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Borieva Mine, Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
 Dimensions: 8.0 x 9.0 cm
 Description:
Lustrous, black sphalerite crystals to 2.5 cm in association with slender, transparent quartz crystals.
 Viewed:  4309 Time(s)

1394 Sphalerite.jpg



1560 Sphalerite.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Androvo Mine, Erma Reka, Zlatograd, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 cm
 Description:
Sharp, black sphalerite crystals to 1.5 cm with unusual flattened terminations.
 Viewed:  4301 Time(s)

1560 Sphalerite.jpg



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 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: 6.0 x 7.5 cm
 Description:
Lustrous slightly translucent crystals of twinned black sphalerite to 2.0 cm set on a matrix with crystallized white calcite and quartz.
 Viewed:  4305 Time(s)

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1944 Sphalerite.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Steetley Ohio Lime Quarry (Steetley Resources Inc. Ohio Lime Quarry), Millersville, Sandusky County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: 5.0 x 7.5 cm
 Description:
Small ruby jack sphalerite crystals lining shallow cavities in gray limestone.
 Viewed:  4304 Time(s)

1944 Sphalerite.jpg



2371 Sphalerite - Teesdale, England.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Cowgreen area, Teesdale, North Pennines Orefield, County Durham, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.8 cm
 Description:
Lustrous, black, sphalerite groups measuring up to 1.0 cm on rhombic ankerite with white calcite and quartz.
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PostPosted: Aug 24, 2016 01:27    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerite localities?  

crosstimber wrote:
Sphalerite
Cowgreen area, Teesdale, North Pennines, County Durham, England
Very nice, I like that one!
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PostPosted: Aug 24, 2016 19:49    Post subject: Re: Favourite sphalerite localities?  




SphaleriteQtzGalena.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite, Quartz, Galena
 Locality:
Niigata Prefecture, Chubu Region, Honshu Island, Japan
 Dimensions: 6.0 x 5.5 cm
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PostPosted: Aug 25, 2016 14:41    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerite localities?  

Certainly not my favorite but I think this is a fairly good one from this locality.


Sphaleriteoncalcite.NewYork.Scovil2013-01-0261.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite on Calcite
 Locality:
Walworth Quarry, Walworth, Wayne County, New York, USA
 Dimensions: Crystal is just under 2cm
 Description:
Photo by Jeff Scovil
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PostPosted: Aug 26, 2016 03:44    Post subject: Re: Favourite Sphalerites?  

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I changed the name of the topic from "Favourite Sphalerite localities" to "Favourite Sphalerites". So everyone can feel free not only to discuss his/her favourite localities but also which colours and forms of that mineral he/she likes the most, e.g. simple or complex crystal forms, darker or brighter colours, gemmy or not etc. ...
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