Posted by: Maia Sinkins on 01.11.2021 | Filed under:


Specimen # 100101
Mineral: Barite
Location: Cerro Huarihuyn, Miraflores, Huamalíes Province, Huánuco Dept., Peru
Size: 7.4 x 4.8 x 4.7 cm


Detailed Description

Clear, glassy, honey-yellow crystal of barite perched up on the end of the matrix. The crystal measures 2.4 x 2.2 x 0.6 cm.  It’s like a pane of yellow window glass – so gemmy. Very nice parallel growth crystal faces down the right side. Gorgeous small cabinet piece!

About These Barites

The barites from Cerro Huarihuyn are among my favourite barites from anywhere – they are glassy and sharp with excellent crystal development, translucent to transparent and some excellent colour (particularly the honey-coloured ones). Unlike most of the classic Peruvian localities, this one is not one of the polymetallic mines in the Andes.  Rather, this is an occurrence which was discovered by, is worked by local villagers. The specific location is remote and many specimens have been damaged during transport over rough terrain. Most available are damaged to some degree, but I have scoured to find top quality ones and when they are in excellent condition, they are wonderful barites.

Additional information

Dimensions 53 × 20 × 18 cm