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Although Iran is not the first country that comes to mind when one thinks of fine minerals, its mines have produced many beautiful, rare, and even new species (iranite is named for the country).  Sadly, due to the political situation since 1979, Persian minerals are available to international collectors intermittently at best-- mainly through the efforts of European dealers.

 This is truly a shame, as I would argue that the best Persian cerussite compares with the best from Tsumeb, its wulfenite is on par with Red Cloud, and its mimetite puts San Pedro Corralitos to shame, in terms of color.

This page contains nearly 60 specimens, mostly lead minerals but with a few other things thrown in as well.  I was fortunate enough to come into contact with a dealer who had a small stash of the stuff from a very old US collection, and I purchased the lot in its entirety.  I am reasonably sure that this page represents the largest selection and widest variety of Iranian minerals for sale on the internet at this time.



 

IRC1 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

10.5x 6.2x 5.1 cm             

$1350

 

A large cabinet specimen, this is the only example of reticulated cerussite on matrix that I was able to acquire.  There is a large reticulated cluster surrounded by smaller cerussite crystals, all on a gray matrix of lead ores.

 

Reticulated cerussite clusters are almost never available on matrix from any locality, and this one is doubly rare as it is from Iran.

 


 

IRC4 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

6.7x 5.2x 4.5 cm             

$600

 

A large cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 

This is one of the larger clusters in the group, displaying very fine reticulation.  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

Whenever I pick one of these specimens up, I am always amazed by their weight.

 


 

IRC2 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

7.4x 5.9x 4.2 cm             

$685

 

A large cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite.  This specimen is actually composed of multiple reticulated clusters-- you can see that photographs taken from one angle show the reticulation of one cluster, while photos taken from a different angle show reticulation in a different part of the specimen.

This is one of the larger clusters in the group, displaying very fine reticulation.  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.  This is one of my 4 or 5 favorite cerussites from the group.

 


 

IRC3 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

6.6x 4.7x 3.8 cm             

$650

 

A large cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 

This is one of the larger clusters in the group, displaying very fine reticulation.  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 


 

IRM1 Mimetite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

7.3x 5.5x 3.7 cm             

$600

 

Persian mimetite is some of the best in the world-- it has the habit of San Pedro Corralitos specimens, but the color of the best Chinese material.

 

This cabinet specimen consists of a vug filled with bright orange mimetite of the best color.  All in all, this is a beautiful specimen of material that is very, very difficult to obtain

 

 

IRH1 Hemimorphite 

Ghale Zari Mine, Birjand, S. Khorasan Prov., Iran

14.0x 13.5x 6.3 cm             

$750

 

A large cabinet specimen that appears to be composed of limonite stalactites, that have been completely coated over with grayish-blue hemimorphite.  There are a couple blemishes, but over all the specimen is in excellent condition, particularly given its size.  There is more hemimorphite on the reverse.

 

Virtually all hemimorphite available for sale these days comes from China or Mexico-- when was the last time you saw a Persian specimen-- and such a fine one, at that?

 

 

 

IRD1 Wulfenite, Mimetite, Cerussite ps. Descloizite 

Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District., Esfahan Prov., Iran

5.4x 3.7x 2.6 cm             

$435

 

There is a lot going on in this specimen.  The matrix is actually a large descloizite crystal that has been pseudomorphed by a mixture of cerussite, mimetite, wulfenite, and possibly anglesite.

 

Over that has grown a second generation of mimetite crystals, and 2 bright orange wulfenites to over 1 cm each. 

 

This is truly an exceptional miniature, and an example of material only found in Iran.

 

 

IRD2 Wulfenite, Mimetite, Cerussite ps. Descloizite 

Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District., Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.9x 3.5x 4.3 cm             

$400

 

There is a lot going on in this specimen.  The matrix is actually a large descloizite crystal that has been pseudomorphed by a mixture of cerussite, mimetite, wulfenite, and possibly anglesite.

 

Over that has grown a second generation of mimetite crystals, and a few bright orange wulfenites. 

 

This is truly an exceptional miniature, and an example of material only found in Iran.

 

 


 

RESERVED

IRM2 Mimetite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.8x 3.8x 0.7 cm             

$375

 

Persian mimetite is some of the best in the world-- it has the habit of San Pedro Corralitos specimens, but the color of the best Chinese material.

 

This is an exceptionally fine miniature-- although the color is not as orange as that of IRM1 (above) anyone who sees this will instantly attribute it to San Pedro Corralitos, the Mexican locality that produced some of the world's best botryoidal mimetite over 30 years ago.

 

Except its from Iran.  This is one of my favorite miniatures from the group.

 


 

IRH2 Hemimorphte 

Ghale Zari Mine, Birjand, S. Khorasan Prov., Iran

12.3x 8.8x 8.2 cm             

$500

 

A large cabinet specimen that appears to be composed of limonite stalactites, that have been completely coated over with grayish-blue hemimorphite.  There are a couple blemishes, but over all the specimen is in excellent condition, particularly given its size.  There is more hemimorphite on the reverse.

 

Virtually all hemimorphite available for sale these days comes from China or Mexico-- when was the last time you saw a Persian specimen-- and such a fine one, at that?

 

 

 

IRQP1 Quartz, Calcite 

Ghale Zari Mine, Birjand, S. Khorasan Prov., Iran

10.3x 6.4x 5.7 cm             

$385

 

I apologize for the poor contrast in the images-- the pale calcite does not show very well over the milky quartz.

 

This specimen is basically a large, terminated quartz crystal that is backed by numerous terminated calcites.  This reminds me a lot of the new amethyst/calcite combinations from China, though this is the paler Persian version.

 

Overall, a very elegant and aesthetic specimen.

 

 

IRW1 Wulfenite 

Ahmad Abad Mine, Yazd Prov., Iran

10.2x 8.0x 4.3 cm             

$475

 

A large cabinet specimen of wulfenite from the Ahmad Abad Mine.  Specimens form Ahmad Abad tend to be paler that those from Chah Milleh or Nakhlah (which are comparable to Red Cloud)

 

The crystals tend to be thinner as well, and are frequently coated with calcite.  This specimen is a large jumble of wulfenite crystals and crystal fragments, some of which grew together and others which appear to have been cemented together by calcite.  A very large and unusual wulfenite specimen.

 

 

RESERVED

IRG1 Andradite var. Demantoid 

Songhan, Baft Dist., Kerman Prov., Iran

1.5x 1.3x 1.2 cm             

$275

 

A large demantoid crystal from Songhan, boating excellent color.  Most of these Persian demantoids are used for cutting and polishing.  There is a small contact on the reverse, but as can be seen from the photographs, it displays well from multiple angles.

 

 

IRD3 Wulfenite, Mimetite, Cerussite ps. Descloizite 

Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District., Esfahan Prov., Iran

10.4x 6.7x 6.5 cm             

$480

 

A large cabinet, which like IRD1 and IRD2 above, has many things occurring at once.  This one has to be viewed closely to be appreciated.  There are two large, serrated descloizite blades to over 4 cm each, both of which have been pseudomorphed by a mixture of mimetite, cerussite, and possible anglesite.

 

Elsewhere on the specimen are small, bright orange (and quite gemmy) wulfenites as well as white cerussite crystals.  This thing is probably excellent under the scope, and has to be seen in person to be appreciated.  It is admittedly not the most beautiful piece, but it is certainly one of the most interesting on this page.

 

 

IRM3 Mimetite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

8.6x 4.1x 2.3 cm             

$185

 

An elongated specimen of orange mimetite on matrix. 

 

 

 

IRW2 Wulfenite 

Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak District., Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.5x 2.7x 2.6 cm             

$125

 

Persian wulfenite is comparable to some of the best from Arizona, and this miniature shows why.

 

This specimen consists of a single, gemmy and bright orange 1.2 cm xtl perched on the edge of its matrix.

 

 

 

IRW3 Wulfenite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

2.3x 1.6x 1.2 cm             

$110

 

A very good thumbnail of rather thick wulfenite crystals from Iran

 

 

IRW4 Wulfenite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

6.8x 5.7x 2.7 cm             

$145

 

A rich specimen, with a jumble of bright orange wulfenite blades on matrix.

 

 

IRW5 Wulfenite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

3.1x 3.0x 2.2 cm             

$85

 

A toenail that could almost pass as being from Red Cloud, this specimen consists of a few bright orange wulfenite crystals on a matrix of lead secondaries.  There are probably a few interesting things in the matrix that could be found with a microscope. 

 

 

IRW6 Wulfenite 

Ahmad Abad Mine, Yazd Prov., Iran

4.8x 3.4x 2.3 cm             

$245

 

A large cabinet specimen of wulfenite from the Ahmad Abad Mine.  Specimens form Ahmad Abad tend to be paler that those from Chah Milleh or Nakhlah (which are comparable to Red Cloud)

 

This specimen is a cluster of large wulfenite crystals, that have been partially overgrown with calcite.  If you look at the edges, you can see that they broke naturally, and the fracture surfaces were then overgrown by hundreds of small calcite crystals.

 

 

 

IRW7 Wulfenite 

Ahmad Abad Mine, Yazd Prov., Iran

3.8x 2.7x 2.0 cm             

$165

 

A large cabinet specimen of wulfenite from the Ahmad Abad Mine.  Specimens form Ahmad Abad tend to be paler that those from Chah Milleh or Nakhlah (which are comparable to Red Cloud)

 

This specimen is a cluster of large wulfenite crystals, that have been partially overgrown with calcite, particularly around the edges of the wulfenites.

 


 

IRE1 Epidote 

Khorwin Mt., Kuhandan, Saveh Town, Tafresh City, Markazi Prov., Iran 

9.5x 6.5x 3.4 cm             

$125

 

A rich epidote specimen from a find made back in 2002.

 

 

 

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IRQP2 Quartz 

Ghale Zari Mine, Birjand, S. Khorasan Prov., Iran

~~5 cm              

$100

 

A quartz crystal that has naturally been coated with iron oxides, giving it a degree of irridescence.  Please note that the back half of this crystal is missing-- you can sort of see this in the photograph below.

 

 

 

IRH3 Hemimorphite on Quartz 

Ghale Zari Mine, Birjand, S. Khorasan Prov., Iran

7.5x 6.0x 4.4 cm             

$135

 

A quartz specimen that has been partially coated with hemimorphite and either malachite or aurichalcite, from the Ghale Zari copper mine.

 

 

 

IRC6 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.2x 3.6x 3.3 cm             

$380

 

A beautiful V-twin of cerussite, the largest of three in this update.  V-twins are considerably rarer than the reticulated material.  Slight contacting on the back.


 

IRC7 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

3.4x 2.7x 2.1 cm             

$200

 

A beautiful V-twin of cerussite, one of three in this update.  V-twins from this locality are considerably rarer than the reticulated material


 

IRC8 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

2.6x 1.9x 1.6 cm             

$150

 

A beautiful  THUMBNAIL V-twin of cerussite, one of three in this update.  This piece is interesting because there is actually a second v-twin perched over the first.

V-twins are considerably rarer than the reticulated material, and I would consider this one a must for any serious thumbnail collector.


 

IRC5 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

5.9x 5.5x 6.0 cm             

$550

A large cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 

This is one of the larger clusters in the group, displaying very fine reticulation.  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 

 

IRC9 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

8.2x 6.0x 4.1 cm             

$480

 

A large cluster of reticulated cerussite.  This is actually the largest cluster in the update, but because of its color it is not the most expensive (call it a personal preference on my part). 

If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 


 

IRC10 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

7.1x 5.1x 3.0 cm             

$680

A large cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite.  This specimen is actually composed of multiple reticulated clusters-- you can see that photographs taken from one angle show the reticulation of one cluster, while photos taken from a different angle show reticulation in a different part of the specimen.

This is one of the larger clusters in the group, displaying very fine reticulation.  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.  This is one of my 4 or 5 favorites from the group.

 


 

IRC11 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

5.9x 4.5x 3.1 cm             

$465

 

 

A large cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 

The reticulation on this specimen is some of the most easily visible, and this is one of the best for its size.

 If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.  This is one of my 4 or 5 favorites from the group.

 

 

IRC12 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

5.8x 4.7x 4.9 cm             

$395

 

A large cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 

If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 

 

IRC13 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

5.7x 4.4x 3.5 cm             

$425

 

A large cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 

If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 


 

IRC14 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

6.0x 4.9x 4.0 cm             

$400

 

A large cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite, composed of multiple reticulated clusters. 

This is one of the larger clusters in the group, displaying very fine reticulation.  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 

 

IRC15 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

5.6x 4.0x 3.9 cm             

$395

 

A large cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 

If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 

 

IRC16 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.7x 4.5x 2.5 cm             

$320

 

A cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite, displaying particularly fine reticulation. 

If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 


 

IRC17 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.8x 4.6x 4.0 cm             

$355

 

A large cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite, composed of multiple reticulated clusters. 

This is one of the larger clusters in the group, displaying very fine reticulation.  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 

 

IRC18 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.5x 4.2x 3.5 cm             

$375

 

A large cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite.  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.


 

IRC19 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

5.2x 3.4x 3.5 cm             

$345

 

A cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite.  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 

IRC20 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

5.5x 3.5x 3.6 cm             

$295

 

A cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite.  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 

IRC21 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.8x 3.3x 2.6 cm             

$295

 

A cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite, displaying particularly fine reticulation.

  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.


 

IRC22 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.3x 4.2x 2.0 cm             

$235

 

A cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite, displaying particularly fine reticulation.

  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.


 

IRC35 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

6.5x 4.4x 4.0 cm             

$395

 

A large cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite.  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.


 

IRC23 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.9x 3.2x 2.6 cm             

$235

 

A cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite.  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 

IRC24 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.2x 3.0x 1.5 cm             

$175

A cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite.  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 

 

IRC25 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.3x 3.0x 2.6 cm             

$185

 

A cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite.  If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 


 

IRC26 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.9x 3.8x 2.4 cm             

$265

A cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite, displaying particularly fine reticulation. 

If this specimen were from Tsumeb, you could expect to pay 10 times the price.

 


 

IRC27 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

3.4x 3.5x 2.6 cm             

$185

A cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite, displaying particularly fine reticulation. 

 

 

 

IRC28 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

3.9x 3.7x 2.5 cm             

$165

A cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite, displaying particularly fine reticulation. 

 

 

 

IRC29 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

3.4x 2.4x 2.1 cm             

$135

 

A sharp, miniature cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 


 

IRC30 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

3.8x 2.7x 3.0 cm             

$110

 

A sharp, miniature cluster of reticulated cerussite. 


 

IRC31 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.2x 3.0x 2.4 cm             

$140

 

A cluster of cerussite twins on matrix-- not entirely reticulated, but instead composed of numerous crystals with various degrees of twinning.

 

IRC32 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

3.9x 2.6x 2.2 cm             

$100

 

A sharp, miniature cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 

 

IRC33 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

3.6x 2.5x 2.5 cm             

$95

A sharp, miniature cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 


 

IRC34 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

4.0x 2.8x 3.8 cm             

$110

 

A cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 


 

IRC36 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

3.2x 2.5x 2.1 cm             

$45

 

A sharp, miniature cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 


 

IRC37 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

2.8x 2.2x 1.6 cm             

$68

 

A sharp, "toenail" cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 


 

IRC38 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

3.0x 3.0x 2.4 cm             

$50

 

A sharp, "toenail" cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 


 

IRC39 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

2.2x 2.1x 1.1 cm             

$58

 

A sharp, thumbnail cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 


 

IRC40 Cerussite 

Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran

3.4x 2.0x 1.2 cm             

$40

 

A sharp, miniature cluster of elegantly reticulated cerussite. 


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