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Baryte is simple barium sulfate, known for its high density. The mineral name derives from Greek root baros for weight. American mineralogist James D. Dana (1813-1895) spelled the mineral name barite in the 1883 and 1892 editions of his System of Mineralogy. A 1971 notice from the International Mineralogical Association recommended the spelling baryte for this species.

Baryte is a well-known gangue mineral at Ojuela but relatively few specimens are preserved in collections. This is a cluster of tan baryte crystals to 1.6 cm across. A patch of surficial limonite staining adds interest to the piece. A vintage label from Kent Radcliffe accompanies the specimen.

Price: $275

Item code: MS1727

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