Cerussite

Cerussite is an interesting and fascinating mineral with all of its varied crystal forms, colors and luster. It is a lead carbonate mineral, typically found in the oxidized zone of lead ore deposits; it is a common weathering product of Galena and other lead ore minerals. It is colorless, white, cream, dull gray and brown. It may also be lightly tinted blue, green or red with a luster that can be either Adamantine (brilliant, diamondlike), vitreous (glassy), resinous, pearly, dull or earthy. Often occurs in association with Malachite, Galena, Barite, Azurite and Quartz to name a few.

The crystal system for Cerussite is orthorhombic, and its crystal forms are extremely varied with many unique, interesting and complex habits. Its most prevalent form is as prismatic and tabular crystals, and its crystals commonly twin to from unique shapes such as star, heart, sixlings (six interconnected crystals joined at the base, forming a six-pointed formation), and v-shaped twins. The most highly collectable form is reticulated growths of thin crystals (Reticulated: Aggregate composed of long crystals in a netting-like form, where all the crystals crisscross each other) which form a delicate, snowflake-like crystal aggregate. Other forms include granular and massive.

Quality Cerussite specimens are found in numerous localities, including Australia, England, Italy, Morocco, Namibia and the USA (Arizona).

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