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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2018 10:22    Post subject: Favourite Barytes?  

What are your favourite localities for BARYTE? My favourites are:

- Clara Mine, Oberwolfach, Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
- Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England, UK
- Cerro Warihuyn, Miraflores, Huamalíes Province, Huánuco Department, Peru
- Xiefang Mine, Ruijin Co., Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China
- Meikle Mine, Goldstrike Mines, Bootstrap District, Elko Co., Nevada, USA



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 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Clara Mine, Rankach Valley, Oberwolfach, Wolfach, Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
 Dimensions: Specimen height 6 cm
 Description:
Ex my collection
 Viewed:  5909 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Clara Mine, Rankach Valley, Oberwolfach, Wolfach, Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
 Dimensions: Specimen size approx. 30 cm
 Description:
Collection Clara Mine Museum Wolfach (my photo)
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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2018 11:15    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

I've always been fond of the barites from the West Cumbrian (formerly Cumberland) Iron Orefield. At the height of mining in the area during the latter part of the 19th century, there were dozens of active mines, many of which produced specimens of barite, calcite, quartz, hematite, and other minerals. Unfortunately, it is difficult, if not impossible to determine which of the mines a specimen may have come from, so the given location is usually the name of one of the local villages, such as Frizington, Egremont, or Cleator Moor.


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 Mineral: Barite, Dolomite
 Locality:
Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 10x10x6 cm overall size
 Description:
 Viewed:  5866 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Barite, Dolomite
 Locality:
Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 7x7x3 cm overall size
 Description:
 Viewed:  5886 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2018 18:21    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

I like combination Baryte specimens. These have not been previously shown. All were self-collected.


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 Mineral: Baryte and Calcite on Quartz
 Locality:
Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: The calcite is 4.0 cm The Baryte is also 4.0 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  5813 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte and Calcite on Quartz
 Locality:
Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: The Calcite is 4.5 cm The Baryte is 2.5 cm
 Description:
Blue tipped Baryte and Calcite on Quartz
 Viewed:  5797 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte and Dolomite on Quartz
 Locality:
Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Baryte crystals to 1.0 cm. The whole area is 4.0 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  5817 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte and Dolomite on Quartz
 Locality:
Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: The Baryte grouping is about 4 cm.
 Description:
micro marcasites or smythites included in the very lustrous barytes
 Viewed:  5826 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2018 20:04    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

A lustrous strongly color zoned baryte with some internal crazing. Nicely terminated and lying flat upon the underlying quartz. Under the right lighting the zoned area can be seen as tiny marcasites sparkling in the zone. Self-collected about 10 years ago.


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 Mineral: Baryte on Quartz
 Locality:
State Route 37 road cuts, Harrodsburg, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: The baryte is 6.5 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  4581 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte on Quartz
 Locality:
State Route 37 road cuts, Harrodsburg, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Baryte is 6.5 cm
 Description:
The area of zoning is tiny micromarcasites.
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PostPosted: Oct 04, 2018 05:49    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

Clear quartz crystals with pink Baryte blades. The Baryte is from North America. 170 grams.


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 Mineral: Baryte with Quartz
 Locality:
USA
 Dimensions: 8.0 cm wide x 4.0 cm x 2.5 cm high
 Description:
Clear quartz crystals with pink barite blades
 Viewed:  4526 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte with Quartz
 Locality:
USA
 Dimensions: 8.0 cm wide x 4.0 cm x 2.5 cm high.
 Description:
Clear quartz crystals with pink Barite blades
 Viewed:  4522 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte with Quartz
 Locality:
USA
 Dimensions: 8.0 cm wide x 4.0 cm x 2.5 cm high.
 Description:
Clear quartz crystals with pink barite blades
 Viewed:  4535 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Nov 26, 2018 10:51    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

My favorites include finding nice quality doubly terminated barytes. Here are 2 of several that I have.


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 Mineral: Baryte on Quartz
 Locality:
Harrodsburg area, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: lustrous 2.5 cm perfectly doubly terminated crystal as part of a 4.0 cm group
 Description:
Self collected about 13 years ago
 Viewed:  4150 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte and Dolomite on Quartz
 Locality:
Harrodsburg area, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: The baryte is 2.5 cm. Again as part of a larger grouping
 Description:
This lustrous doubly terminated crystal contains marcasite or smythite inclusions. Self collected about 10 years ago.
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PostPosted: Nov 26, 2018 12:51    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

Here are my favourite barites:


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 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Teresita Mine, Campos de Golf, Atamaría, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia, Spain
 Description:
 Viewed:  4113 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Calcite Quarry, Holzen, Arnsberg, Sauerland, North Rhine-Westphalia/Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
 Description:
 Viewed:  4106 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Clara Mine, Rankach Valley, Oberwolfach, Wolfach, Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
 Description:
 Viewed:  3189 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Nov 26, 2018 13:02    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

I forgot my Shangulowe barites;

I have 2 specimen, purchased both this year from Belgium collectors/vendor.



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 Mineral: Baryte with Malachite
 Locality:
Shangulowé Mine, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Congo DR (Zaire)
 Description:
This specimen is about 6 cm long, 5 cm high and 4 cm wide. I purchased it recently (2018) in Liege, Belgium, at the international exhibition. I bought the specimen from a Belgium vendor who said that he lived in Congo and mined a lot of specimen himself. He had about 10 of these barites but I particularly bought this one as it was the only specimen with intrinsic green, transparent barite crystals. All the other specimen only showed a very slight mint-greenish color. The individual crystals are about 3 cm in size.
 Viewed:  4115 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte with Malachite
 Locality:
Shangulowé Mine, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Congo DR (Zaire)
 Description:
 Viewed:  4104 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte with Malachite
 Locality:
Shangulowé Mine, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Congo DR (Zaire)
 Description:
This specimen is a different specimen than the other 3 photo's which are all 3 from the same specimen. I bought this specimen in 2018 from a Belgium vendor, on an auction. You see a close-up from one of the crystals. This crystal is about 3.5 cm long, and has a pale mint-green color as can be seen. It also contains some Malachite.
 Viewed:  4108 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte with Malachite
 Locality:
Shangulowé Mine, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Congo DR (Zaire)
 Description:
Photo's 330 M, P and D are all from the same specimen. The barite crystals are intrinsic green and transparent due to the presence of nano-size Malachite in these crystals. The field of view of this photo is 4 cm.
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PostPosted: Mar 04, 2019 02:36    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

I discovered that our FMF fellow Niels Brouwer wrote a wonderful article on Mindat about the variety of baryte from famous Clara Mine, I think this is a good addition to this topic:

https://www.mindat.org/a/grube_clara_baryte

Great work, Niels!

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P.S. Mathias, please add the sizes of your specimens.
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PostPosted: Mar 05, 2019 18:38    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

Tobi wrote:
I discovered that our FMF fellow Niels Brouwer wrote a wonderful article on Mindat about the variety of baryte from famous Clara Mine, I think this is a good addition to this topic:

https://www.mindat.org/a/grube_clara_baryte

Great work, Niels!

Thanks for mentioning it, Tobi! I suspect my collection thread here on the forum already gave it away a bit, but Grube Clara is definitely very high up on my list of favourite localities, a true paradise for any baryte collector.
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PostPosted: Mar 06, 2019 02:46    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

I also like Barytes from Clara Mine, though there are none in my collection at the moment. Have you ever been to the Clara Mine Museum in the Black Forest? I was there some years ago and I can highly recommend it, not only for baryte lovers:
https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?t=3398

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PostPosted: Mar 06, 2019 10:32    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

My favorites are the Elk Creek, South Dakota barites - and some that have come out recently set a new standard of quality. The association with calcites adds icing.

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 Mineral: Barite on Calcite
 Locality:
Elk Creek, Dalzell, Meade County, South Dakota, USA
 Description:
 Viewed:  3125 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Barite on Calcite
 Locality:
Elk Creek, Dalzell, Meade County, South Dakota, USA
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 Viewed:  3132 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 06, 2019 16:54    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

Tobi wrote:
I also like Barytes from Clara Mine, though there is none in my collection at the moment. Have you ever been to the Clara Mine Museum in Black Forest? I was there some years ago and I can highly recommend it, not only for the baryte lovers:
https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?t=3398

Tobi


Tobi

Thanks. This looks to be a great place for visiting list on next trip to southern Germany.

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PostPosted: Mar 07, 2019 05:24    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

Robert Seitz wrote:
Tobi wrote:
I also like Barytes from Clara Mine, though there is none in my collection at the moment. Have you ever been to the Clara Mine Museum in Black Forest? I was there some years ago and I can highly recommend it, not only for the baryte lovers:
https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?t=3398
Tobi
Tobi
Thanks. This looks to be a great place for visiting list on next trip to southern Germany.
Bob
It definitely is, Bob! I see you live far away in Arizona, but IF you take a trip to southwestern Germany you really should visit that museum. It's not only interesting for those who love the common minerals baryte and fluorite but also for the lovers of the many many rarer minerals that came out of Clara Mine. There are more than 400 (!) different minerals that occured in this mine (this beats even other famous localities such as Pribram, Tsumeb, Dalnegorsk or Broken Hill, maybe only Mont Saint-Hilaire has more different minerals?) - an amazing locality!

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PostPosted: May 13, 2019 08:05    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

Here comes a honey colored Chinese baryte with weird deformed faces and unusual fluorescence:


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 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Chengkou County, Chongqing, China
 Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 3 cm
 Description:
Under natural light:
 Viewed:  2399 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Chengkou County, Chongqing, China
 Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 3 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  2395 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Chengkou County, Chongqing, China
 Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 3 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  2400 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Chengkou County, Chongqing, China
 Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 3 cm
 Description:
Crystal is zoned, with a transparent core and milky zones only under some faces which correspond to deformed faces.
 Viewed:  2402 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Chengkou County, Chongqing, China
 Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 3 cm
 Description:
Here in same position than the next one, for comparison.
 Viewed:  2400 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Chengkou County, Chongqing, China
 Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 3 cm
 Description:
Here under LW UV

This sample shows an amazing fluorescence both under short and long wave.
The piece is also quite phosphorescent.
 Viewed:  2404 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Chengkou County, Chongqing, China
 Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 3 cm
 Description:
I'm not sure about this crystal interpretation. Please tell me if I'm wrong...
 Viewed:  2401 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 15, 2019 02:57    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

Nice colour and an interesting habit. I would not have recognized this as barite.
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PostPosted: Jul 18, 2019 13:52    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

Of course as a baryte collector the list of favourites is virtually endless, but I thought I would share a few recent additions to my collection that exemplify the immense diversity that makes it such a fun species to collect.

4 primary colours, 4 countries, 4 different associations with other minerals, 4 different crystal habits, but all of them with baryte as the star of the show.



1196-Baryte-calcite-Concesión-Beltraneja-Socavón-El-Telegrama-Minas-del-Cortijuelo-Bacares-Andalusia-Spain.jpg
 Mineral: Baryte, Calcite
 Locality:
El Telegrama adit, La Beltraneja concession, Cortijuelo Mines, Bacares, Comarca Valle del Almanzora, Almería, Andalusia, Spain
 Dimensions: 8,5 x 5,3 cm
 Description:
Cluster of delicate razor-thin pointy blades of blue baryte, accented by small brown calcite crystals.
 Viewed:  1690 Time(s)

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1177-Baryte-fluorite-Mine-de-Marsanges-Langeac-Haute-Loire-France.jpg
 Mineral: Baryte, Fluorite
 Locality:
Marsanges Mine, Pratclos (Pratclaux) vein, Langeac, Brioude, Haute-Loire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
 Dimensions: 8,4 x 7,1 cm
 Description:
Transparent prismatic baryte crystals with nice golden phantoms, contrasting with the green fluorite matrix is grow on.
 Viewed:  1689 Time(s)

1177-Baryte-fluorite-Mine-de-Marsanges-Langeac-Haute-Loire-France.jpg



1131-Baryte-hematite-gypsum-Paleokamariza-Mine-Lavrion-Attica-Greece.jpg
 Mineral: Baryte, Hematite, Gypsum
 Locality:
Mine 18, Paleokamariza Mines, Lavrion Mining District, Attikí (Attica) Prefecture, Greece
 Dimensions: 15,0 x 11,0 cm
 Description:
Large thin plate of dark brick-red tabular baryte due to hematite inclusions, with a few small contrasting white sprays of gypsum.
 Viewed:  1689 Time(s)

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1143-Baryte-celadonite-Jalna-Maharashtra-India.jpg
 Mineral: Baryte, Celadonite
 Locality:
Jalna District, Maharashtra, India
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 3,3 cm
 Description:
Miniature specimen of parallel stacked, dark green baryte crystals with very complex terminations, extremely lustrous and complete all around. The colour comes from inclusions of celadonite, similar to some specimens of heulandite and apophyllite. As far as I've been able to track down, only 3 specimens of these were ever discovered.
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PostPosted: Jul 18, 2019 14:07    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

Hello

Precious the Spanish piece of Barite
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PostPosted: Jul 18, 2019 15:28    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

What beautiful specimens of barytes and nice photos !
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PostPosted: Jul 28, 2019 09:23    Post subject: Re: Favourite Barytes?  

It is interesting to me that the Elk Creek Meade County South Dakota barytes, as shown above by Bob Kerr, have much in common with the Indiana barytes found in geodes as those from Monroe County.

The South Dakota barytes are found in rock structures known as concretions. The Indiana barytes are also found in the rock structure, geodes. These 2 rock structures are "cousins". Both have some % hollows with barytes often associated with calcites in the central cavity of the rock structure. Both weather out of the surrounding sedimentary matrix, often into creek beds or can be collected directly from their surrounding matrix.

In addition, the collector portion of interest, the crystals, can be culled out of the surrounding rock to make the specimen that much more collectible.
Lots of similarities here. See my example pictured below. Two high end dealers have suggested culling the calcite/baryte area out to make the crystal containing area of the geode into a more traditional specimen, much like the Elk Creek baryte examples are. BOB



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 Mineral: Baryte and Calcite on Quartz
 Locality:
Harrodsburg area, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: Baryte is 4.7 cm The calcite is 8 cm
 Description:
Collected about 15 years ago.
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 Mineral: Baryte on Quartz
 Locality:
State Route 37 road cuts, Harrodsburg, Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
 Dimensions: baryte is 4.7 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  1376 Time(s)

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