I have been eyeing the mineral Galena for a while now and today found myself in Little 5 over at Crystal Blue and stumbled onto this stunning specimen that demanded to come home with me.

It’s a mix of Galena, Pyrite, and clear Calcite. Actually I think its Chalcopyrite because pyrite isn’t usually that bright. But I was told it was Pyrite when I got it.

So What Exactly Is Galena?

Galena is the main ore of lead, which is toxic. Galena is actually safe to handle (just don’t breathe in the dust or make a gem elixir with it and you’ll be fine) It has an isometric crystal system and may contain silver, copper, arsenic, and antimony.

When collecting Galena, you have to take extra care of it because it will get dull after exposure to air so I will keep min in it’s little box. It’s also very fragile and you don’t want it to shatter because it will create dust which is toxic. So please handle with care.

Galena is also an ore of silver since some specimens contain up to 20% of silver.

Galena is known to be a grounding stone that promotes healing by helping you to center your energy (ground).

According to BBC Earth, Galena can also extract music and voices from radio waves which is really cool.

“In a crystal radio set, a fine metal wire known as a “cat’s whisker” rests delicately on the surface of a galena crystal. This combination allows current to pass easily in one direction but not the other. This converts the oscillating radio waves picked up by an antenna into an electric signal that can be transformed into sound by speakers.” —BBC Earth


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Johnna Sabri is a mineral, gem and crystal collector and wire artist. She loves experimenting with different styles of wrapping and collecting gems and minerals. Her work has been modeled by GA State University students in one of their annual fashion shows.

Johnna has also served customers all around the world including Dubai, Finland, The Philippines, Australia, Canada, the UK, China, and Hong Kong as well as people in every US state.

She learned her craft from Grammy winning guitarist, Daryl Adonis Thompson, son of Eli “Lucky” Thompson, the saxophonist who played with Dizzy Gillespie and Isaac Hayes. Daryl was well known in the Little 5 Points Atlanta community as a master at his craft. Read more on Johnna here