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 #19985
  • Chalcopyrite, Quartz
  • 9.5x9.3x1.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: c-15mm
  • $225.00
  • Boldut Mine
  • Cavnic, Maramures
  • 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
  • $85.00
  • Baia Mare
  • Heja
  • 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
  • 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!
Chalcopyrite, Galena, Quartz, SideriteRomanian Minerals
  • Item #21283
  • Chalcopyrite, Galena, Quartz, Siderite
  • 7.6x4.9x3.6 cm
  • $45.00
  • Cavnic
  • Maramures co.
  • 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
Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite, CalciteRomanian Minerals
  • Item #24361
  • Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite, Calcite
  • 14.0x9.6x1.9 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: sph-10mm
  • $40.00
  • Cavnic
  • Miramures
  • A great-looking plate of lustrous sphalerite crystals, white calcite crystals speckled with lots of smaller golden chalcopyrite tetrahedra. On massive sphalerite. Sweet! s
Galena, Sphalerite, Dolomite, Chalcopyrite.Romanian Minerals
  • Item #26309
  • Galena, Sphalerite, Dolomite, Chalcopyrite.
  • 8.8x6.5x5.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 60mm
  • $85.00
  • Herja
  • Baia Mare
  • This specimen is really one large galena crystal showing multiple spinel-law twins in parallel growth. The galena has brown, rhombohedra of dolomite, probably ferroan, here and there on them. Around the base, the galenas are on a plate of black sphalerite crystals studded with small chalcopyrite crystals. Displays perfectly!
Tetrahedrite, Pyrite, RhodochrositeRomanian Minerals
  • Item #26837
  • Tetrahedrite, Pyrite, Rhodochrosite
  • 5.5x5.0x3.0 cm
  • Largest Crystal Size: 9mm
  • $85.00
  • Cavnic
  • Maramures
  • Sharp crystals of tetrahedrite are scattered on very light pink rhodochrosite and associated with small lustrous crystals of pyrite. Slight abrasions but great looking specimen!