A large, sharp, 6.6 cm golden barite crystal perched on associated barite crystals from the Meikle Mine in Nevada. The crystals have glassy lustre and some of the small ones are completely transparent, while the large central crystal is translucent. The large crystal has minor chipping – I would mount it for display as in the first photograph and from that angle the main crystal is super (without support, it sits as in the third photo). The smaller crystals are mostly excellent but a few are incomplete. These imperfections make this very affordable for such a great display piece. Looks fantastic in the cabinet.
The barites from the Meikle Mine came out for about 3 years in the late 1990s and are wonderful specimens for the species. This piece is from the Pete Richards collection – it was originally sold by Harvey Gordon to the A.E. Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech (where it was catalogue # 98217).