Al Cerny Collection
Al Cerny was a practicing mining engineer for over 30 years before retiring to South Carolina for the bass fishing. He worked at several mines including Sterling Hill near Franklin, New Jersey and the Northumberland Mine in Nevada where he was able to satisfy his collecting passion. Barite became his specialty, but the collection has far more than just barite.
Although the forms of barite from Northumberland are fairly consistent the color does vary a bit. This one is on the yellowish-gray end of the spectrum whereas most are a more blue-gray. Some damage on the sides detract, but the vertical crystal in the center makes for a great display piece.