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Barite

Barite

Specimen # 100884
Mineral: Barite
Location: Bou Nahas, Oumjrane, Alnif, Er Rachidia, Morocco
Size: 5.4 x 4.2 x 3.8 cm
Price: $150.00 CAD

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Detailed Description

This specimen is a floater, complete all-around, comprised of two main barite crystals. It's a bit hard to choose which orientation is better - I prefer the one in the first two photographs, featuring the blockier, more morphologically complex crystal, while the one in the third photograph features the larger, more tablular parallel growth crystal. Both are sharp and lustous, with a smoky colouration. Pyrite and chalcopyrite crystals in association. In excellent condition - to the eye it is free of damage (other than one small chip to an edge that is not visible from any optimal viewing angle) and with magnification, a couple of minute edge chips can be seen. This is a very cool barite - unique!


About These Bou Nahas Barites

Barite is one of the most common minerals at Bou Nahas. Specimens of barite and associated sulfide minerals (particularly pyrite and chalcopyrite) from Bou Nahas have been reaching the market since about 2011. In 2014, blockier, glassy, lustrous barite crystals made their debut, and since then we're continuing to see more specimens of barite and associated sulfides from this locality. High-quality isolated barite crystals and crystal groups remain relatively scarce at this point, as most of this material to date has been damaged either during extraction or during transportation - but the top quality pieces are excellent barite specimens.

Detailed Description

This specimen is a floater, complete all-around, comprised of two main barite crystals. It's a bit hard to choose which orientation is better - I prefer the one in the first two photographs, featuring the blockier, more morphologically complex crystal, while the one in the third photograph features the larger, more tablular parallel growth crystal. Both are sharp and lustous, with a smoky colouration. Pyrite and chalcopyrite crystals in association. In excellent condition - to the eye it is free of damage (other than one small chip to an edge that is not visible from any optimal viewing angle) and with magnification, a couple of minute edge chips can be seen. This is a very cool barite - unique!


About These Bou Nahas Barites

Barite is one of the most common minerals at Bou Nahas. Specimens of barite and associated sulfide minerals (particularly pyrite and chalcopyrite) from Bou Nahas have been reaching the market since about 2011. In 2014, blockier, glassy, lustrous barite crystals made their debut, and since then we're continuing to see more specimens of barite and associated sulfides from this locality. High-quality isolated barite crystals and crystal groups remain relatively scarce at this point, as most of this material to date has been damaged either during extraction or during transportation - but the top quality pieces are excellent barite specimens.

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