Barite on Rhodochrosite
Cerro Warihuyn - Miraflores, Huamalies Prov.
4.3 x 4.1 2.7 CM (miniature)
Early summer 2021
A gem clear rosette of undamaged Barite crystals on Rhodochrosite from Huanuco, Peru. This Barite find has produced many fine pieces over the past few years and is now well established as a modern classic locale. The blades of this Barite are perfectly clear, lustrous and are attached only by a small point on the crystalline Rhodochrosite matrix. Selected carefully from many pieces this one has superior form and condition.
Barite with Malachite inclusions
Shangulowe Mine, Kambove District
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
5.1 x 4 x 1.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Early summer 2021
A fine example of the rare "green Barite" from the Shangulowe Mine (Kabove, DR Congo). This has a main crystal that is over 4 CM across which is huge for this find. The clarity and condition are excellent and the whole displays very well on the contrasting matrix. The brightest green zones are more concentrated on the edges and the overall color is a bluish grey-green. In excellent condition there is no damage to the Barites which at this size is remarkable.
Barite (Baryte) on Quartz
Jinkouhe District, Leshan Prefecture
8.1 x 5.8 x 5.2 CM (cabinet)
Early summer 2021
Blue blocky habit Barite crystals on snow white Quartz from older finds at Jinkouhe in Sichuan Province, China. The main crystal is fully transparent, sharp, and has faint phantoms. This is a hefty 2 CM thick and the wide faces are glassy with bright luster while the edge faces are slightly frosted. Nice contrast with the matrix and prettier in person. In very good condition there are only small minor contacts on the main crystal, the quartz is in fine condition and the smaller Barite crystal has a contact area not seen on display as well as a recrystallized edge. This is about as perfect as we can hope for and the piece displays well from most any side. These were common about 15 years ago but are now very uncommon, it seems this is no longer a producing area.
A single Barite crystal at the base that diverges into two slightly offset crystals with separate terminations at the end. In excellent condition, a classic Stoneham, Colorado Barite with zoned blue color. Translucent to transparent with no damage. The better Stoneham Barites are some of the best values of crystallized USA specimens.
A superb and very hard to find Barite with the sharp color zoning of red to orange Realgar inclusions that makes remarkable phantoms. This classic mine has been closed now for a long while, there will never be more of these and there were never many. Most of the Realgar included Barite found was not so transparent and the red color filled the entire crystal. This piece has excellent clarity and the inner zoning is very sharp and well-defined. Overall in fine condition for such thin and delicate crystals, these are also far larger and better isolated than most crystals. There are very small rough areas as seen in the photos but this is never the less a superb display specimen, and a standout in any suite of Barites.
Barite - sugarcube habit
Murray mine, Sugarbowl pocket, Independance Mts. District, Elko Co.
3.4 x 2.6 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
new year 2021
Brilliant sparkling thumbnail to toenail with excellent form. A modern USA classic, this is a cluster of blocky Barites (Barytes) that are well covered with a druzy Quartz. Highly lustrous, this looks just like sugar cubes. From the one time find more than 20 years ago at the Murray Mine(Elko, Nevada, USA) from a remarkable pocket called the "sugarbowl". In perfect condition and far more bright and glittery in person.
A golden Barite single crystal with excellent clarity and glassy luster. From finds about 5 years ago at Rosh Pinah, this crystal is included by dozens of perfectly spherical Coronadite balls, and a few are also seen on the exterior as well. These are best appreciated with some magnification which also reveals the zoned nature of the inclusions. Most of the Barite at Rosh Pinah were slender or leafy crystals, this is unusual from just one pocket with this stout form. In excellent condition, some contacting on the lower parts is noted but no damage, the faces are sharp and glassy.
From the classic locality of Frizington, this Barite is a cluster of prisms in parallel position that together form a single elongated crystal. The color is a light yellow but with backlighting is more green. The luster is silky to glassy and the termination is actually many separate, sharp points in a group. From the Dr. Warren Johannson collection obtained before 1940, a nice example of this form and style. in very good condition, complete all around, a British classic from the famed Cumberland Iron Fields with distinctive inclusions of Hematite.