Barite - Classic locale
Pohla Mine, Schwarzenberg District
6.1 x 4 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
A very attractive Pohla Barite showing the recognizable form of a chisel-tip termination and gemmy golden tops. The very glassy prisms also show the dark inclusions in the lower sections that give a nice contrast. The tips are fully transparent and the main crystal is doubly terminated. Displays well, this looks in good condition but is not perfect (very few are when examined closely) this has some edge chipping seen with magnification that also helps keep the price low. While not for perfectionists it is still a pretty example from a famed German locality and affordable.
Barite on Malachite
Shangulowe Mine, Katanga Copper Crescent
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
3.7 x 3.1 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
A pair of chisel tipped Barite crystals perched on a velvety green Malachite. The Barite crystals have some inclusions of Malachite as well which gives some green color to the milky prism. Classic material from the 1970-80 era, these Barites are unique and are no longer being found. Very good condition and quite attractive, a very unusual association that is a modern classic.
A super esthetic older piece from finds made more than 50 years ago (predating the famed Lees pocket). This is in flawless condition the cluster of Barites has fine steel blue color and contrasts with a yellowish Calcite matrix. In addition to the nice arrangement some of the Barite faces show a very unusual etching pattern seen in some photos here. Lots of visual impact for the size, the color is a bit richer than the more recent finds, all in all far better than "above average", an excellent old time Colorado specimen.
A remarkable Barite from anyplace but especial exotic being from India. The core of this piece is a single elongated Barite prism that has been overgrown with oriented clear Barites in perfect alignment. In fine undamaged condition, this was from a small recent find. The Barites from this find have been called "scepters" but they seem to be more complex than that and more an epitaxial chain habit.
Barite with Stibnite
Xikuangshan, Lengshijiang, Loudi Prefecture
10.1 x 6.8 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
A series of lustrous crystals in alignment that forms a cluster much like a winged figure. A few Stibnite crystals are on and in the Barite, but the main attraction is the Barite itself. The crystals show epitaxial arrangement and have stepped modifications on terminal faces. In good condition overall, there are very minor edge rubs found on a few edges but not evident without magnification. A very nice example of this important find and an esthetic arrangement of good transparent Barites.
A fine cabinet specimen that is far beyond the average Barite from Cerro Warihuyn. The Barite is a smoky golden color, very clear and mostly all transparent. The matrix is a mix of Dolomite and Rhodochrosite which adds a nice pink contrast. A few tiny dark Sulphide crystals are noted too, but they are minor in the composition. The free standing Barites are very fine for this important locality, 4.7 CM across with nice zoning. No damage to note except a small chip on the backside of the Barite that is not visible from any logical display angle. The presentation side is in perfect condition. Far better in person. This locale had produced lots of Barite and is world renown for them, this specimen is exceptional compared to the vast majority of the find.
A large glass clear Barite crystal that is complete and perfectly transparent. In very good condition and complete except on the bottom, this has a faden-like line seen in the center of the prism. Sharp and lustrous, a choice example from this less well known mine.
Barite (Barytes) - dark blue
Paga mine, Cartersville District, Bartow County
4.8 x 3.1 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
Late Summer 2018
A deep blue chisel-tip Barite from the now classic Georgia (USA) locale at Cartersville. The deep "royal blue" color was the most desirable but very uncommon at this locale. This is a choice miniature example in fine condition, with good transparency, luster and very sharp terminations. Not often available anymore, a good Georgia Blue is a welcome addition for any suite of Barite and especially for a Southeastern USA collection.