Cerussite crystal, Bad Ems, Nassau, Germany.


Remarkable finished cerussite crystal from the classic Bad Ems deposit in Nassau, Germany.

Historic specimen from the former collections of La Sorbonne in Paris.

The famous Bad Ems mines have been exploited since Roman times, mainly for lead, silver, zinc and mercury.

The “Neuhoffnungsstollen” mine, opened in 1858, was the most important mine in Bad Ems. There were 15 levels and the shaft was almost 900 metres deep.

Here’s a video of these cerussite crystals from Germany: