Galena is found as attractive mineral specimens. Its cubic structure with perfect 90-degree cleavage planes along with its bright silver like metallic luster is eye catching. Most galena is mined as a lead ore. Argentiferous Galena is sought after for its silver content and greatly increases its ore value.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
Countries of Origin
Romania; United States of America (the); Portugal; Canada; Austria; Belgium; Unknown; Ireland; Russian Federation (the); Poland; Italy; Mexico; South Africa; France; Peru; Germany; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Galena has been used as a lead ore for thousands of years due to its low melting point of 327 °C (621 °F) . A smelting site has been dated to 6500 BC in Turkey.
Galena is very soft and has perfect cleavage. Care must be taken not to damage the crystals. The mineral will tarnish if exposed to the elements. It is a lead sulfide mineral so please wash hands after handling.