David K. Joyce

Romanian Minerals

Romania has long been the source of precious and base metals. Since Roman times, miners have toiled in the famous mines at Felsobanya, Herja and Kapnic, etc., and have recovered who knows how many beautifully crystallized mineral specimens. Over the years the neams of those places have changes to Baie Sprie, Herja and Cavnic. The names may have changed but the crystallized mineral specimens are the same or better than ever. Here are some wonderful specimens from that part of the world.

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Chalcopyrite, QuartzRomanian Minerals
  • Item #9021
  • Chalcopyrite, Quartz
  • 4.2x2.4x3.4 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: c-16mm, q-34mm
  • $35.00
  • Cavnic

  • Romania
  • A very nice, well terminated quarts crystal sits on a nest of deep, golden chalcopyrite crystals. Nice!
TetrahedriteRomanian Minerals
  • Item #19876
  • Tetrahedrite
  • 8.8x4.8x4.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 10mm
  • $75.00
  • Cavnic Mine
  • Maramures
    Romania
  • This specimen shows sharp, cyclicly twinned tetrahedrite crystals on a very light pink rhodochrosite. As well there are some pyrite crystals of lesser importance. Classic!
Chalcopyrite, QuartzRomanian Minerals
  • Item #19985
  • Chalcopyrite, Quartz
  • 9.5x9.3x1.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: c-15mm
  • $375.00
  • Boldut Mine
  • Cavnic, Maramures
    Romania
  • A gorgeous plate of, lustrous, gemmy quartz crystals studded with bright, deep-golden chalcopyrite crystals. The chalco's are twinned and really contrast beautifully with the quartz. Very showy as well as instructional!
Chalcopyrite, QuartzRomanian Minerals
  • Item #20176
  • Chalcopyrite, Quartz
  • 14.7x7.5x5.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: Ch 20mm, Qu 35mm
  • $110.00
  • Baia Mare
  • Heja
    Romania
  • A very nice plate of sharp quartz crystals and dark, coated (probably tenorite), chalcopyrite crystals. The quartz crystals are selectively coated on one side to give the specimen a different look from two sides. Very nice large cabinet specimen. Looks great!
Chalcopyrite, QuartzRomanian Minerals
  • Item #21113
  • Chalcopyrite, Quartz
  • 10.2x9.7x5.6 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: Ch 12mm, Qu 31mm
  • $110.00
  • Cavnic Mine
  • Cavnic
    Romania
  • A handsome specimen showing a quartz crystal-covered matrix with very sharp deep-golden chalcopyrite crystals. The quartz crystals are "milky" to clear and well terminated prisms. Displays perfectly!
BaryteRomanian Minerals
  • Item #21131
  • Baryte
  • 15.5x16.0x14.5 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 15mm
  • $375.00
  • Herja Mine
  • Maramures
    Romania
  • A wonderful-looking mass of pure baryte that is totally composed of elongated groups of crystals and crystal aggregates. It features a cavity in the middle lined with elongated growths of baryte crystals, individual, tabular, colourrless crystals covering the top and nice exposure of the vein structure on the back. Really great to look at! Unique!
Chalcopyrite, Galena, Quartz, SideriteRomanian Minerals
  • Item #21283
  • Chalcopyrite, Galena, Quartz, Siderite
  • 7.6x4.9x3.6 cm
  • $45.00
  • Cavnic
  • Maramures co.
    Romania
  • A nice cluster of quartz crystals encrusted with small siderite crystals on a matrix of darkly coated chalcopyrite that is speckled with very lustrous, small galena crystals. Nice! Looks very good. R