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Cerussite with Barite
stock #21.1-554
Mibladen Mining District, Midelt Province
DrĂ¢a-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
9.8 x 6.6 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $490

Large amounts of Cerussite from the finds at Mibladen Mine are easy to find on the mineral market. Despite the quantity, really fine quality is very scarce. This one has an excellent form, great contrast, and a main crystal that is both gemmy and very large at 4 CM across. The piece has the pink to red Barite blades mixed with two generations of Cerussites, which are a smokey yellow-brown hue. Glassy luster and good transparency are noted as are the geometric growth structures. At some angles the crystals seem to have been faceted. In great condition overall, there are some contacts and tiny rough spots not easily seen, for this famously delicate and sensitive mineral the condition is really impressive. More esthetic and well composed than 99.9 percent of these. This occurrence is already a modern classic, The profusion of average to good pieces has kept prices affordable and a very good value for nice Cerussites. The few pieces of this caliber do stand out and will certainly be much appreciated in the future. The strong yellow florescence is especially good on this.

Cerussite - large single gemmy crystal
stock #21.1-469
Otjikoto Region, Namibia
5.3 x 2.1 x 1.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $590

A sharp and fully transparent gem crystal of Cerussite that is in exceptional, undamaged condition. This has a champagne colored phantom that is only seen on a few angles, otherwise the crystal has a very limpid interior. The termination is a complex, stepped chisel type and most of the faces are both lustrous and have some complex growth patterns that are well-defined. A Tsumeb classic that has the clarity and color like a fine Kombat Mine piece but has the habit of Tsumeb. Far better in person.

Cerussite - V twins with cat's-eye
stock #21.1-325
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
3.2 x 2.5 1.7 CM (thumbnail)
price: $650
Late Summer 2021

A sharp and lustrous pair of "V" twins are conjoined along one edge. A super large thumbnail from the great mines at Touissit. The crystals are gemmy, transparent, and have the silky chatoyant "cat's-eye" inclusions that are so distinctive for these from Touissit. This is the quality needed to make the rare faceted or cabbed cats-eye gems, but the fine condition of the crystals would make that a real shame to cut. The color ranges from cognac to almost colorless depending on the light angle striking the crystals. Overall in fine condition from most every angle, this is incredible for such a delicate and fragile mineral. Close inspection shows ultra tiny edge roughness and small contacts but as seen the the condition is very clean. This specimen dates to the "golden age" of Touissit mining in the late 1970's era. This incredible locality is closed forever and no more of these will be found.

SOLD Cerussite included by Chalcotrichite
stock #SOLD 21.1-278
Otjikoto Region, Namibia
4.6 x 3.7 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
price: $0
Late Summer 2021

One of the most sought after Tsumeb minerals is Cerussite that has inclusions of Chalcotrichite that turn clear crystals red or orange. The most vivid examples tend to be very small crystals and incredibly costly. This is a choice Cerussite that has Chalcotrichite needles, both on the exterior and interior, however the color not super saturated but is a light reddish-orange. The crystals reach over 3 CM which is large for an included Cerussite, and are quite well-defined with obvious twinning. Several faces are rather jagged looking on close exam where is seen geometric stepped crystal patterns some of which have formed around needles of Chalcotrichite. The matrix is a mixture of Dolomite, Malachite, Calcite and there are some unidentified dark acicular crystals at the junction of the Cerussites with the matrix. The Cerussites are transparent and the faces are highly lustrous and glass-like. Looks fine from several angles, the main crystals are in fine condition with perfect tips. The backside has some minor broken areas but it is only on the back and not seen from the front which is in excellent shape. A hard to get Tsumeb rarity that is better looking in person too.

Cerussite with Anglesite, Pyromorphite etc. Classic Locale
stock #0977-JM-738
Brookdale Mine, Pheonixville Mining District
Pennsylvania, United States
7.7 x 6.3 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $320
Late Summer 2021

A vuggy matrix hosts several Cerussite crystals, most of which are twinned, and a few other secondary lead species. A rich piece from the Brookdale Mine which in the Pheonixville, Pennsylvania area which also included the famed Wheatley Mine. Good specimens from the Brookdale Mine are much less common but they can be very nice as seen here. This specimen was personally collected by John Marshall in March 1972 when the mine was still accessible. His collection label and catalog card is included. A good Northeastern USA classic.

Cerussite - fine classic German
stock #0030-JM-180
Freiberg District, Mittlesachsen
Saxony, Germany
8.3 x 7.8 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $900
Early summer 2021

A fine old Cerussite cluster with crystals to over 3 CM in a nearly pure cluster. A few thin shards of matrix host dozens of silky luster prisms in very good condition. Ex John Marshall collection with his label, he obtained this in Jan of 1972 from Ron Bentley after Bentley had purchased the stock of the famed Shortmann's minerals. The Schortmann Brothers handled many excellent European classics after the war from several important collections. This piece has a Moritz Lechner (Vienna, Austria) Number 7557 which puts this into the collection well before 1903. Lechner's collection was built mostly in the late 1800's and was one of the best at that time in the region. Lechner was wealthy enough to purchase several important earlier collections, some dating back to the early 1700's. This specimen is unusual and does not look like most other Freiburg Cerussites; it is especially well-crystalized and looks rather like more recent examples from Lower Saxony. We have no exact mine attribution but no matter the exact source this is an excellent vintage German Cerussite.

Cerussite - bipyramidal twins
stock #18.1-348
Grand Reef Mine, Graham County
Arizona, United States
3.9 x 2.7 x 1.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $160
new year 2021

Several hexagonal crystals of glassy Cerussite on matrix which look a lot like Cumberland habit Quartz. These bi-pyramidal twinned prisms sit on a complex matrix of Quartz some of which is colored pale green by inclusions. From the remarkable Grand Reef Mine that is famed for other lead secondaries; this is a nice small miniature in excellent condition.

Cerussite on Quartz - elongated sixling twins
stock #17.1-855
Pentireglaze Mine,Polzeath, St. Minver
Cornwall, England
9.3 x 7 x 6.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $240
new year 2021

An excellent old Cornish Cerussite with sharp crystals to 2CM long. The crystals are all twinned with most showing a complete sixling habit. These look like six spoked gears when seen on end. The matrix is mostly a vuggy Quartz with micro crystals sparkling on most surfaces. For such a delicate mineral this is in good condition. Hard to know the exact age of this specimen, it has an old collection number on it, the mine was most active in the mid 1800's but there has been collecting activity in more recent years.