- Cerussite on Matrix
- Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 6.1 x 5.0 cm
- Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
- Ex. Dr. Peter Bancroft
When viewing this specimen, it is easy to see the wonderful taste that Peter Bancroft exhibited in acquiring specimens for his collection. Considering what a soft mineral cerussite is, this specimen is almost miraculous in that it survived attached to matrix like this! Few large reticulated twins have survived, and in fact I cannot think of another of this size and quality that I have even seen for sale in the last decade which could match this. It is almost pristine, or as near so as you can ask. This is a reticulated (complexly twinned), colorless, gemmy, cerussite with incredible, adamantine (diamond-like) luster. It displays from both sides, equally well (the brown streak in one side is simply a bit of matrix material recessed down in a portion of the crystal and not a problem or damage). It is complete and pristine and 3-dimensional all around! The longest member of this twin is 7.0 cm. The crystal sits on a matrix of micro-sized cerussite crystals invested with duftite, thus giving a lovely green glow to the matrix. I cannot emphasize enough how rare such a crystal on matrix, UNDAMAGED AND 3-DIMENSIONAL ALL AROUND, really is! Note it is complete and viewable on BOTH sides, and all around. I will have a custom-made lucite base made for this for the customer.