An elegant stack of sixling twinned Cerussites from the classic Broken Hill Mine (Australia). The stack, when viewed from the ends, looks like a typical six-ray star form Cerussite, but when seen on the side is a stack of many connected twins in an aligned cluster. In remarkable condition for this delicate mineral, there is no damage seen by naked eye. This is another modern classic locale although it dates back to 1885, it was until recently one of the major Lead mines in the world. This specimen is fairly old and unusual as the delicate reticulation is very well defined and far more lustrous than most. A super Cerussite from Broken Hill and about as fine as can be found outside museums.
Superb early (2005) Chinese Cerussite from the famed Daoping Mine. In incredible condition and with great color, luster and form. The larger yellow crystals are often labeled as Chrome Cerussite and the green as Cuprian. We do not know if this is correct at this locality or for sure which elements cause these colors from this mine. No matter the chromophore, the esthetics and condition are very fine on this piece, it is unlike anything found for several years, certainly a modern classic. The largest crystal is 1.7 CM and the yellows do seem to be a later generation, the smaller, earlier crystals are the greens. Cerussite is a fragile mineral, the crystals here are well-exposed and yet are still in fine condition, something remarkable.
Excellent condition reticulated twin Cerussite crystals in classic snowflake form. Sixling crystals radiate from a central stalk and are in impressive condition for this delicate mineral. This find from about 5 years ago produced many pieces but a high percentage had damaged edges. This is far better than the usual in the find and there seems to be no more found in a few years. A fine value for esthetics and condition.
Outstanding large Cabinet specimen with fine green color, luster and rich composition. One of the very best examples we have seen from this closed locality, it has a great provenance, collected in 1980 by Richard Barstow during the very breif period when fine specimens could be collected. Later in the collections of Nick Carruth (Cornwall, UK) and Charles Noll (USA). The specimen has good exposures of Cerussite on all sides, the most attractive of which contrast with the vivid green Malachite. It seems this locality was "discovered" late in its life by collectors. Some specimens of this quality were found early on, but the mine soon closed and since then nothing much other than micromounts were seen. The locality is known for some excellent small rarities but large specimens are only seen ion early collections. This would be an attractive, colorful specimen from anyplace but is especially choice being green and from Ireland.
Cerussite crystal in a sixling form with 4 of the 6 arms being well-defined and terminated, and two truncated. The Cerussite is a milky white color with some smoky phantom areas. This is almost pure Cerussite (458 Grams) with just a little adhering matrix in a few areas. The specimen on close exam seems to be an intergrowth of two or more twins in parallel position. Some rough spots are noted that are very small and almost invisible on the front display side, some chipping is seen on the back. From the side the Cerussite arms show well-defined striations and several areas of transparency. This is not perfect as noted above, but very few are ever fully perfect. This is a famously delicate and fragile mineral but this one has a classic form, large size, and a very good value for a cabinet sized Cerussite.
Cerussite, classic German locality
Friedrichssegan Mine, near Bad Ems, Nassau , Lahnstein, Rhien-Lahn Distr
6.9 x 6 x 3.2 CM (cabinet)
Jackstraw type Cerussite crystals on a contrasting gossan and Quartz matrix. From the old Friedrichssegan Mine near the classic Bad Ems Nassau area, a nice example for the locality and in a form that is a bit unusual. Ex John Marshall collection, obtained in a trade with Ernie Schlichter in 1995. Labels and catalog card are included. This mine closed in 1913 and was long ago a source of some excellent Copper, Zinc and Lead species, especially Pyromorphites. Older labels show this locale as a part of the Bad Ems district but today changes put this a few meters over the line in the Rhein-Lahn district.
Cerussite - USA classic locale
Bunker Hill Mine, Jersey Level, Kellogg, Coeur dAlene District, Shosone
4.3 x 3.1 x 3.1 (miniature)
Post Tucson 2022
A killer miniature Cerussite in exceptional condition from the famed Bunker Hill Mine (Idaho, USA). From the Rudolf Kluiber collection, this was collected in 1981 on the Jersey level that would later become famed for the world class Pyromorphite finds. The crystals are well-perched on the matrix, most are twinned but each arm of these twins is a perfect prismatic crystal with textbook terminations. Remarkable for such a delicate mineral to be undamaged but this is impressive in that way.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
4.9 x 4 x 3.2 CM (miniature)
Post Tucson 2022
Unusually well-formed hexagonal crystals of Cerussite in two habits on a dark sulfide matrix from Ojuela. Cerussite is incredibly rare from this famed locality. An impressive piece, these are exceptionally large and choice crystals with both the wide flattened habit and the elongated form on the same piece. Some of the larger flattened crystals also have a green coloring that is not identified but likely any of the copper/lead secondaries. The crystals do have some tiny chipping but not at all evident on display, most of what appears to be chips in the photos are actually clean crystal contacts. The elongated crystals have a dark sulfide coating so they look like black rods. From a small pocket found about 5 years ago, there were not many pieces of this quality and this is far better than most any Cerussite known from this locality, even after centuries of mining!.