Main index --- Minerals list --- Metal ores index Cerussite
Derivation:From "keros" (Greek) wax
Formula: PbCO3
Description: White or grey. these crystals have combined or twinned to form an interesting shape.

An ore of lead. Cerussite was used as an early cosmetic. Elizabeth the First used cerussite as a cosmetic for whiten her face. Since it is poisonous, it damaged the skin, which meant that she had to wear more and more make-up!

Larger pictures of Cerussite:

These specimens are natural crystals. The first is a twinned crystal, where several crystals have combined.


The second is a fairly rough specimen, but you can see the edge of some crystals.