About Cerussite

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Keep reading to discover more about cerussite

  • Mineralogy and geology*
  • Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
  • Common Associations


Mineral formula: PbCO3

Mineral group: member of the Aragonite group

Crystal system: orthorhombic

Crystal habit: The crystal morphology is varied, ranging from simple, tabular crystals to equant or dipyramidal and then pseudo-hexagonal. Rarely acicular [001] or very thin tabular {001}. {010} and {0kl} usually striated [100]; {111} often striated [110] or [112]. Reticular twin aggregates common. Massive, granular, dense, compact. Stalactitic at times; powdery to earthy. Fibrous rare.

Cleavage: distinct/good on {110} and {021}

Fracture: conchoidal

Color: colorless, white, gray, blue, or green

Luster: adamantine, vitreous, resinous, pearly, dull, earthy

Diaphaneity: transparent, translucent

Moh’s scale hardness: 3 – 3 ½

Streak: white

Specific gravity: 6.53 – 6.57

Named after: the Latin, cerussa, meaning "white lead," in 1845 by Wilhelm Karl von Haidinger

Type locality: Vicenza Province, Veneto, Italy.

Geological occurrence:  usually found in the oxidized zone of lead ore deposits. It is a very common weathering product of galena and other lead ore minerals.

Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Cerussite is known as a grounding stone, beneficial for travel, as it aids adjustment to new situations and places. Assists with flexibility and tact.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – all chakras
  • Numerology – vibrates to the number 2
  • Zodiac – Virgo
  • Birthstone – no traditional association
  • Wedding Anniversary – no traditional association


* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org

** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.

*** Metaphysical properties come from: 

Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.

The Crystal Bible, A Definitive Guide to Crystals (2003) Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 399 pp.

Crystal Muse (2017) Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Hay House, 285 pp.

Crystal Gridwork (2018) Kiera Fogg, Weiser Books, 128 pp.