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Mineral Description
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Pure Missouri galena with no matrix rocks. These are shiny on all sides. Galena fascinates children because it is so heavy for it's size! Excellent for radio enthusiasts too!

You will receive a specimen 1 inch to 1 1/2 inch and weighing between 3 and 6 ounces. Some of these are more of a square shape, some are more of a rectangle shape and some are a random shape.

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You are buying one rock. You will receive a rock like the ones in the photographs, not the exact rock shown. The photograph with multiple rocks is so you can see the range of differences in this bulk purchase specimen listing. Photographing and listing every rock separately adds a lot in labor costs. We pass that savings on to you with lower prices and higher quality than the competition.

Galena is a common and popular mineral for rock hounds. Its characteristic cubes, distinctive cleavage and high density make it easy to identify and a favorite in high school geology labs.

Some Galena may contain up to 1% silver in place of lead. The large volume of Galena that is processed for lead produces enough Silver as a by product to make Galena the leading ore of Silver. Galena is by far the greatest ore of lead. Galena is the most common mineral containing lead, and contains mostly lead.

Since the extraction process is so simple, lead has been extracted from Galena since the earliest times. To quote Allen N Wollscheidt, Galena, back 75 years ago, was the stuff -- the crystal -- of crystal radio sets. Surely you have heard of these -- possibly your grand or great-grandparents built radio receivers out of round Quaker Oats boxes, a few feet of copper wire, a pair of headphones and a little cats-whisker-with crystal gadget from the hardware store. Some worked so well, they could be heard across the room.

Galena is a natural semiconductor and so the forerunner, the enabler, of all the electronic gadgets we have today, from telephones to TVs to GPS navigating systems as well as all sorts of medical equipment -- in short, modern life as we know it. One of the oldest uses of galena was as kohl, which in Ancient Egypt, was applied around the eyes to reduce the glare of the desert sun and to repel flies, which were a potential source of disease. Galena was used as a solder used by the Romans for plumbing (the decline of the Roman empire is attributed to lead in the water supply!)


Galena is a shinny gray stone with a cubic structure. Like its almost identical twin sister, pyrite, its physical appearance looks like little cubes stacked upon cubes, stacked upon cubes until a larger cube evolves. It is interesting to explore a sample with a magnifying glass. There is no end to the number of images that can be found. Galena is very soft. It is possible to scratch or damage most galena samples with a hard fingernail. Galena is the principal ore of lead. In its natural state it should not be handled extensively with bare hands, as lead poisoning could result. Therefore, it is not a stone like quartz that you can hold for hours with only positive results. It should be touched and held for only a short period of time followed by washing your hands in soapy water. As long as it is within your aura, it will be effective. DO NOT use galena to make an elixir.

Galena is a friend to those in turmoil. When your nervous energy is at a high level for any reason, it is the first stone to bring you to a place of rest. When a high state of stress is being experienced, you could use fluorite to smooth out the stress. But you will still have the same high level of energy. Obsidian calms the stress like fluorite and also lowers the energy level. Galena not only smoothes the stress, it absorbs this high level of negative energy almost completely. This paves the way for centering of all of your systems, physical, emotional and spiritual. It helps to stabilize the mind and aids in refocusing your thoughts. It also calms and balances the nervous system.


Color: Lead to silver gray sometimes with a bluish tint.

Luster: Metallic to dull in weathered faces.

Transparency: Crystals are opaque.

Crystal System: Isometric; 4/m bar 3 2/m

Crystal Habits: The cube, octahedron and combinations of the two. Spinel twinning is possible forming flattened crystals. Also massive and granular.

Cleavage: Perfect in four direction forming cubes.

Fracture: Uneven and rarely seen because of the perfect cleavage.

Hardness: 2.5+

Specific Gravity: Approximately 7.5+ (heavy even for metallic minerals)

Streak: Lead gray

Associated Minerals: Calcite, dolomite, sphalerite, pyrite and other sulfide minerals, also lead oxidation minerals such as cerussite and anglesite.

Other Characteristics: Brighter metallic luster on cleavage surfaces than on crystal faces.

Best Field Indicators: Crystal habit, cleavage and, perhaps most importantly, density.

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