Grand Reef Mine - Graham County
4.1 x 2.9 x 1.8 CM (miniature)
A miniature from the Grand Reef Mine hosting milky white Cerussites with the habit that looks much like a doubly terminated Quartz. The Cerussites are on a typical druzy Quartz matrix and are in very good condition. A nice locality piece, the Grand Reef Mine is well respected as a source of some uncommon Lead secondary minerals.
From one of the oldest Mine sites in Europe (close to 900 years plus) this is an exceptional vintage specimen. Well formed Cerussites with elongated pseudohexagonal habit are perched across a crystalized Galena face. The Cerussites are a sooty butterscotch yellow-orange color and are mostly in clusters yet are distinct and well separated. Largest reach 2.5 CM Old labels include one from Muralt (Vienna). In remarkable condition for this very delicate specie, there are only some minor bruises on the outer edges. The Galena has a complexly crystalized surface and the Cerussite is quite strongly Fluorescent.
An incredible Ojuela Cerussite that is a mix of colorless, green and nearly black Cerussite crystals with minimal matrix of Sulfides, mostly Pyrite. From a find about 5 years ago there were not many as fine as this. Slender, flattened and blocky prismatic habits with and without twinning in exceptional condition. The quality is amazing for this delicate mineral. The darkest Cerussites are included by a dark Sulfide, probably Galena. The green-blue color is an especially nice touch when seen on the clearest crystals. This could be trimmed to a killer miniature but the overall specimen seems to have greater mineralogical interest if kept intact.
Twined Cerussites contrast with an unusual matrix of small dark purple Fluorites. The Cerussites have a few blue inclusions but are mostly whitish. The matrix has several small zones of Caledonite and Linarite. Grand Reef has produced some excellent Lead secondary minerals and is a modern classic locale. This piece looks nice by naked eye but with strong magnification the details are very impressive.
Esthetic, vintage Cerussite with many of the crystals dusted by tiny Pyromorphite needles. The bright yellow Pyromorphites add an attractive color to the Cerussites From the classic Leadhills area, there are numerous unidentified micro crystals in several vugs as well. An older specimen, ex collections of Ernest Chapman, George Croad and others. In fine condition, the delicate Cerussites are nearly all intact and by naked eye, perfect.
Cerussite -fine silky luster.
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
5.7 x 4.3 x 3.2 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
Worldwide mix summer
A remarkable and fine Cerussite from Touissit with at least 3 generations of crystals and no matrix. The largest are the silky type twins that are optically transparent from some angles and almost opaque from others as they have a "cats eye effect". These contrast with both a black druzy (heavily included by Galena) and small colorless Cerussites. Remarkably this is fully undamaged and pristine from all angles. Touissit is sadly long closed but did in its day produce some of the worlds best Lead secondary minerals and a few of these unique silky luster Cerussites,. This is a very choice example from any angle, and better in person.
Glassy, clear and sharp prismatic crystals of Cerussite in a protected vug. This was collected back when Rezbanya was in Hungary, now called Baita, which is in Bihor, Romania. There are references to good Cerussite specimens in 19th century mineral texts but these are almost never seen even in old collections. Attractive and in fine condition, the Cerussites have a light cognac color and are transparent. From an old collection in the Czech Republic, this is a significant, vintage Roumanian specimen
A cabinet sized specimen well crystalized on front and back with fine Cerussite. These crystals are green (likely caused by copper or Chrysocolla inclusions) and yellow (often called Chromian Cerussite). This is from a series of pockets found at the famed Daoping mine near Yangshao in 2004-5. Overall in fine condition, no damage seen by naked eye but a few micro dings can be seen with 10X magnification, and that only on outer edges. Since Cerussite is so delicate this peice is amazingly pristine. This sort of Cerussite has not been found for a few years, and now is being recognized as a significant find. There has been discussion (argument) as to weather or not to label these are Chromian Cerussites or Cuprian or nothing at all. It seems there have been differing results in analysis. As we await resolution we simply call this Cerussite.