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How bad is Galena really?

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I just saw Galena on the list of most deadly minerals. I researched and read into it and some of these articles are making it out to be extremely toxic. But then I read some articles saying it is harmful by breathing the dust that comes from it and that it's more of a concern for miners who work with this stuff on a daily basis. I was planning to crush the mineral (with a mask of course) and using it for some wearable art, would that be a huge no no? Or do you think it'd be safe to use/wear.
asked Mar 3, 2016 by harpers8018 (120 points)

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Galena is formed from lead, which is not healthy to ingest. Unless you are eating pieces or galena or breathing in crushed particles, it does not pose any health hazards. Galena crystals in collections are perfectly safe to own and handle. There are many drama-laden articles out there on the Internet and such articles describing Galena as "most deadly" and "extremely toxic" which take this way out of context.
answered May 3, 2016 by hershel (52,800 points)

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