5.8" Tabular Barite & Druzy Quartz Crystal Association - China

This is a large association of smoke-grey, tabular barite and dendritic druzy quartz that was collected from the Sichuan Province of China. At this mine, these zoned barite crystals are often found in association with quartz crystals on an unspecified matrix. Regardless, this specimen is quite fun to look at with the wild variety of contrasting crystal habits and colors. An intriguing branched display piece.

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.

Silicon Dioxide, also known as SiO2 or Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich, hot watery solutions called hydrothermal environments, at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountains forming, and can be hundreds of millions of years old.

Barite & Quartz
Sichuan Province, China
5.8 x 5.4 x 5.05"