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.