Barite with Marcasite Crystals (Jiangxi, China)

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Large transluscent barite crystals with a sprinkling of Marcasite crystals along the facets. The luster is fantastic and the color is a rich caramel with olive green marcasite. 

Measurements: ~7" long x 5" wide x 3-3/4" tall

Location: Xiefang mine, Jiangxi, China

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Barite is a soft mineral that is hard to find in undamaged condition. There are several locations to find barite, but some of the best crystals can be found in England, Nevada, Poland, and China.  It is composed of barium sulfate, and gets its name from the Greek word ‘barys’, which means heavy. It is used in industrial settings, as it is used to make drilling mud (used in oil well drilling).