Cerussite from Mibladen Mine, Morocco

 

             

                                                                                                                                                            Cerussite Specimens

 

Unusual material for this area.  Well developed floater crystals which show all manners of etching, sixling twinning, skeletal and reticulaed growth.  Attractive an extremely interesting specimens.  Very high quality.

I had to look these specimens over a couple times before recognizing them as the fine pieces that they are.  I have purchased lots of cerussite, barite, anglesite, etc. from this mine in the past.  Except for the fine yellow anglesites nothing really hit me as being overly impressive.  These fine specimens, however, made a major impact.  Most are very complex growths probably best described as being skeletal.  Some will also show a degree of etching and sometimes reticulated development, as well and all have nothing short of the highest luster I have ever seen on cerussite crystals.  Most are floaters with no visible points of attachment.  If there were attachments they are fully camouflaged by crystal regrowth.  Unless otherwise mentioned these specimens are always damage free.  Generally they are more attractive and far more gemmy that the photos seem to indicate.  Colors are yellow, white or both.  All are eye candy for sure.  Very heavy specimens for their size because of the dominance of lead in their structure. 

         Black square in older photos = 1 cm.

 

 

 

OKO-349

OKO-349     Cerussite and Barite    Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifro Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.  A very fine, high luster, beautifully formed reticulated twinned crystal.  It measures 3.8 x 3.2 x 3 cm overall.  This one is a very dark amber color and has one exceptionally large flange.  A couple tiny barites show as white and light pink on its base.  Old, healed base contact.  Damage free.  Exceptional example.  $140

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-350

OKO-350     Cerussite and Barite    Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifro Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.  A very fine, high luster, beautifully formed reticulated twinned crystal.  It measures 2.7 x 2.2 x 2 cm overall.  This one is a basically clear with a very light yellow tone.  It is a rare floater with no attachment pointes and no damage.  A couple tiny barites.  They don't get much better than this in this small a size.  Exceptional example.  $175

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-351

OKO-351     Cerussite and Barite    Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifro Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.  A very fine, high luster, beautifully formed, specimen with numerous twined crystals on blades of barite.  It measures 3.9 x 2.5 x 2 cm overall.  The face and edges are mineralized nicely.  There is even a tiny amount of crystallization on the back of the piece.  One tiny crystal on the top of the specimen is partially gone.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-352

OKO-352     Cerussite and Barite    Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifro Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.  A very fine, high luster, beautifully formed, specimen with numerous gemmy twined crystals on blades of barite.  It measures 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm overall.  A good example with no damage.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-353

OKO-353     Cerussite     Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifro Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.  A very fine, high luster, beautifully formed reticulated twinned crystal.  It measures 4 x 3.8 x 2.1 cm overall.  This one is composed of very medium amber color crystals with clear overgrowths.  A thin healed surfaces on base area.  Damage free floater.  Exceptional example.  $100

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-354

OKO-354     Cerussite     Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifro Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.  A very fine, high luster, beautifully formed reticulated twinned crystal.  It measures 3.2 x 2.5 x 2.1 cm overall.  This one is a very medium amber colored crystal with minor clear overgrowths.  Damage free floater.  Exceptional example.  $120

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-355

Back

OKO-355     Cerussite     Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifro Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.  A very fine, high luster, beautifully formed reticulated twinned crystal that sits up high on matrix.  It measures 3.5 x 3 x 1.7 cm overall.  The crystal is flattened and perched on edge on the top of the piece.  It has a small contact chip on far right but it is minor.  Overall a really nice piece.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-340

OKO-340     Cerussite    Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifro Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.  3.7 x 2.7 x 2 cm piece with some damage as seen.  Many nice regions but no view totally free of damage.  $10

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-342

OKO-342     Cerussite    Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifro Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco. Very fine, high luster, beautifully formed reticulated twinned crystals.  It measures 3.5 x 3.2 x 2.8 cm overall.  There several interlocking and they range in color from clear to a light amber tone.  There is no damage to the piece and it views nicely from any direction.  An outstanding example of this material.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-343

OKO-343     Cerussite on Barite    Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifro Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.  A very attractive group of twinned cerussites sit high on barite blades.   2.7 x 2.7 x 2.3 cm.  Large dominant crystal shows nicely with only damage being a small chip on backside.  A good piece.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-346

OKO-346     Cerussite    Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifro Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco. Very fine, high luster, beautifully formed reticulated twinned crystals.  It measures 3.4 x 2.5 x 2 cm overall.  There several interlocking and they range in color from clear to an extremely light amber tone.  There is contact on three edges (or missing crystal parts)  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-347

OKO-347     Cerussite on Barite    Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifro Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco. Very fine, high luster, beautifully formed crystal dominates this specimen.  It is 3.2 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm overall.  There is no damage to the piece and it views nicely but shows contacts with matrix.  A good example of this material.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-348

Bottom

OKO-348     Cerussite Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Khenifro Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco. Very fine, high luster, beautifully formed crystal dominates this specimen.  It is 3.8 x 3.8 x 2 cm overall.  In nice condition with only one small chip that will have to be searched for to find.  Fill formed but back is not as nice as the front.  A good example of this material.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-104

OKN-104     Cerussite on Barite    Mibladen, Morocco.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  2 cm complete crystal sits up high on a dome of barite with small cubic crystal studding its surface.  Galena would be right but they look to be tiny fluorites.  5.9 x 4.9 x 4.4 cm.  No damage....tip was dirty, sorry.  $130

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-799

Back

OKM-799      Cerussite with Barite      Mibladen, Morocco.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A large example of high quality... however, currently common material.  This heavy piece measures 6.5 x 4.7 x 3.6 cm and is dominated by one large crystal.  Contact was on back on barite.  Very minor chipping along on small edge (back).  Fine luster and displays great.  $275

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKC-582

OKC-582  Cerussite from Mibladen Mine, Morocco.   A large crystal that is somewhat flattened.  Mostly yellow with minor areas of white.  90$

 

 

 

 

OKC-583

OKC-583  Cerussite from Mibladen Mine, Morocco.   A very large crystal with complex and interesting growth patterns.  Minor white on one side but otherwise yellow.  220$

 

 

 

 

 

OKC-584

OKC-584  Cerussite from Mibladen Mine, Morocco.   This tabular crystal has much of its original form remaining.  Clear center with yellow surrounding.  85$

 

 

 

 

 

OKC-586

OKC-586  Reticulated Cerussite from Mibladen Mine, Morocco.   Reticulated thumbnail sized specimen which is composed of both white and yellow cerussite.  A real find for the thumbnail collector.  55$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKC-587

OKC-587  Cerussite from Mibladen Mine, Morocco.   Typical piece with lots of interesting development (mostly beyond my explaination).  70$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKC-588

OKC-588  Cerussite from Mibladen Mine, Morocco.   Large specimen with both white and yellow cerussite.  There are a couple of small barite contact on the back of the specimen which are clearly visible in the image.  260$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKC-589

OKC-589  Reticulated Cerussite from Mibladen Mine, Morocco.   Reticulated thumbnail sized specimen which is composed of both white and yellow cerussite.  A real find for the toenail/ miniature collector.  75$

 

 

 

 

 

OKC-590

OKC-590  Cerussite from Mibladen Mine, Morocco.   Big crystal which is more typical in form.  Less skeletal growth makes this a stocky specimen.  Gemmy in numerous areas. Small piece of barite matrix still attached.  400$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKC-591

Custom engraved acrylic base

OKC-591  Reticulate Cerussite from Mibladen Mine, Morocco.   Largest and finest piece in the lot showing any reticulated development.  Nice six pointed star pattern when viewed down the length of the crystal (visible in third photo).  Not much in the way of extensive branching form, however.  Nice colors both white and yellow.  Very desirable specimen.  450$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKC-592

Custom engraved acrylic base

OKC-592  Cerussite from Mibladen Mine, Morocco.  One of the largest and and I think the finest piece in the lot.  It shows very minor reticulated development.  Great color saturation and clarity.  Finest of aesthetics and form.  Top shelf specimen in all respects.  450$

 

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