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Quartz (jasper) after Baryte rose - Sold

Quartz and baryte are amongst the longest known minerals. The mineral name quartz derives from an old Slavic word for hard. Baryte takes its name from the Greek root barus for heavy. While both very common species, this example is an unusual brick red quartz pseudomorph after a baryte rose.

Such specimens appear in American collections dating to the 1960s, and carry various locality designations. Some are labeled Fruita, Colorado, but they likely come from a bit west in Utah. This one came labeled Moab. This is a fine example, with some adhering sandstone removed by air abrasion.