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 rosette form
Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
4.5 x 3.6 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
Delicate rosette of sharp Barite crystals from the Cave in Rock Fluorite region of Southern Illinois. Translucent sharp blades are up to 1.8 CM there is some edge transparency and zoning. In unusually fine condition, all the main crystals are complete and undamaged. Ex Larry White collection. Surprisingly few good Barites of any size were collected at the time the mines were working. This is a choice and affordable example.
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.
Barite- perfect rosettes
La Union Mine, Sierra de Cartagena
5.8 x 3.3 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
Late Summer 2018
Remarkable, perfect and esthetic. Free standing rosettes of Barite crystals on a rough matrix arranged in a line. This locale has produced a lot of nice Barite specimens but very few have anything close to this elegant perfection. Under 40X magnification there are no chips or damage seen, which is incredible with such a delicate mineral in thin bladed crystals. Better in person too.
A choice, sharp, partly transparent Barite without damage from the great pocket finds at Niobec. Nearly all of the Barites we see from this zone have at least some chipping, I am told they formed on the pocket roof and were mostly all dislodged, being damaged in the process. This small specimen has a perfect, sharp and complete termination, is dusted with tiny Chalcopyrites and has a few sharp Calcites as well. A fine example from this modern classic find.
Barite -rosette form
Quarry near Baixa Prison, Joao Pessoa
4.3 x 4.3 x 3.2 CM (miniature)
Transparent to translucent Barite crystals in a distinct Rosette form. From an unusual locality in Brazil, the crystals have well-defined phantoms as well. In fine condition as seen, there is minimal matrix. Ex William Hladysz collection, an almost never seen Barite from Brazil that is very esthetic.
For many collectors, the most desirable Barites (Baryte) are the rare, classic Romanian specimens colored bright red by Included Realgar. This is a choice old specimen in excellent condition with delicate orange-red Barites on contrasting matrix. The crystals show sheaf-like bundles and rosettes well separated from the matrix and free standing. Crystallized on both sides this has very strong display impact. Almost impossible to find today even average specimens have become very expensive.