2.3" Galena and Barite Crystal Cluster - Peru

This beautiful specimen contains an association of pyrite and barite crystals. It comes from the Huanzala Mine in Peru and the entire piece measures 2.3" wide.

Galena is a lead based mineral that is in fact the primary ore of lead, and has been used for its lead content for thousands of years. Galena typically displays a gray metallic luster and forms cubes or octahedral crystals. The chemical composition of galena is PbS.

While galena will not pose a health hazard by sitting on the shelf, or even from casual handling, we suggest washing hands following handling due to the lead content of the mineral.

Barite, commonly spelled baryte, is well-known for its great range of colors and varied crystal forms and habits. It is a heavy mineral consisting of barium sulfate, and typically has the chemical formula of BaSO4. The barite group consists of baryte, celestine, anglesite and anhydrite. It's generally white to colorless and is the main source of barium.
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DETAILS
SPECIES
Galena & Barite
LOCATION
Huanzala Mine, Bolognesi, Peru
SIZE
2.3" wide
CATEGORY
ITEM
#126602