Galena & Sphalerite with Quartz, from Brownley Hill Mine, Alston Moor, Cumbria, UK (No.16)

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Galena & Sphalerite with Quartz, from Brownley Hill Mine, Alston Moor, Cumbria, UK (No.16) Galena & Sphalerite with Quartz, from Brownley Hill Mine, Nenthead, Alston Moor, Cumbria, U.K.

Measurements Approx.
Height - 2.6 cm
Width - 4.1 cm
Length - 4.7 cm

Galena is the natural mineral form of lead sulphide and it is the most important lead ore mineral for commercial lead production. It may also contain around 2% Silver, in which case the Silver content is far more valuable commercially that the Lead. Galena is one of the most abundant and widely distributed sulphide minerals and is found worldwide. It crystallises in the cubic crystal system often showing octahedral forms. It is frequently found associated with sphalerite, calcite and fluorite.


 is a zinc sulphide mineral and occurs in massive, concretionary, granular and botryoidal forms. It’s colour can ranges widely, including shades red, black, brown, yellow, green, grey, white, and sometimes colourless.

Quartz is both one of the most common crystals on Earth and at the same time one of the most useful. Growing in clusters, as a massive or sometimes as individual points it is found worldwide with some regions having distinctive characteristics such as the clarity of Penas Blancas quartz from Columbia or what are known as "skinny points” from Arkansas in the USA or the colours of Orange River Quartz from Africa. Individual crystals or entire clusters may exhibit inclusions of other material such as Chlorite or a cloud like looking inclusion which is some times rather to as "fairy mist”.

One of Quartz’s most frequent uses is said to amplify the properties of other crystals. It can also be a very uplifting crystal, raising our spirits with its internal rainbows which are made from fractures within the crystal, whilst also having the potential to be very calming. It may also be used to work with all of our Chakras.

Quartz though is a great all-round crystal which may be used to perform a variety of task and help with any personal needs, as well as being simply a beautiful crystal to admire and to enjoy.

Galena contains lead - always wash hands after handling. Avoid inhaling dust when breaking. Do not lick or ingest.