Barite, or Baryte in some parts of the world, is a highly collectable mineral due to its wide variety of colors and crystal habits. Colors include yellow, blue, white, gray, red, orange, brown and colorless to name a few. Barite is known as an unusually heavy non-metallic mineral – its name is derived from the Greek word barys which, of course, means “heavy.”

The crystal system for this popular mineral is Orthorhombic, often tabular and prismatic. Other forms include bladed, massive, stalactitic and as rosettes – brown aggregates (due to sand inclusions) that  remarkably resemble a flower, thus named a “desert rose.”

Barite is a very common mineral found throughout the world. Notable locations include China, England, France, Morocco and USA (Arizona, South Dakota, Tennessee, Nevada and Colorado).

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