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>> Group(s) : carbonates
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Its name comes from the Latin "cerussa" which is lead white.
It was discovered by von Haidinger in 1845.

Exploited sites

It is found in Morocco, Namibia, Zambia, Madagascar, Mexico, Australia, Scotland, Italy.

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Use in jewelry

Impossible to use in jewelry because it is too fragile and tender. It is cut in facets for collection because it has a high gloss shine.

Looking alike stones

andradite , cassiterite , chrysoberyl , rutile , titanite , zircon

Historical healing properties

This dense stone is a stabilizer, reinforcing anchors with one’s own roots and the balance on the right foot. Yellow Cerussite would influence the level of the solar chakra by providing heat to a radiant personality, charisma. It would bring the energy of common sense and protect from negative energies.

Chemical characteristics

lead carbonate

Physical characteristics

Main color : colourless

Other colors : white, brown, grey, yellow

Color of streak : white

Luster : adamantine, resinous

Hardness : 3.0 to 3.5

Density : 6.47 to 6.57

Cleavage : good

Fracture : conchoidal

easy cleavage

Optical properties

Transparency : transparent

Refractive Index : 1.803 - 2.079

Double refraction : 0.274

Very strong uniaxial ( - )

visible double refraction : yes

Dispersion : 0,055 (0.040)

Pleochroism : absent

Number of colors : 1

Fluorescence : variable

Yellow, rose, green, blue


Prismatic or in lamellaes


Crystal system : orthorhombic

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