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Desert Rose is the name given to rosette formations of the minerals gypsum and barite with sand
inclusions. The 'petals' are crystals flattened , fanning open along characteristic gypsum cleavage
planes. The rosette crystal habit tends to occur when the crystals form in arid sandy conditions, such as
the evaporation of a shallow salt basin.

Desert roses are mineral formations that are found on the surface and are beautiful examples of the
natural power of the shaping forces of wind, water and pressure in dry, arid regions. These formations
are also called
Sand Roses, Rose Rocks, Selenite Roses, Gypsum Roses, and Barite Roses

Desert roses are crystal-like formations and may produce a rose shape, multiple plates adjoining at
angles or the formations may look like a cluster of cereal flakes. They can look like flowers that have
turned to stone. Native American stories told us that these were rocks carved into flowers by our
ancestors to let us know they were here before us. Desert Roses take on the color of the sand because
Selenite is a fibrous mineral and fine sand becomes trapped between the fibers as it crystallizes.

Desert roses form out of two minerals. One of those is Barite, which is the heavier of the two. The other
is a type of Gypsum called Selenite. Selenite is the more fragile of the two. Gypsum (Selenite) roses
usually have better defined, sharper edges than barite roses.

Desert roses are only found in deserts, which is how they got the name. Gypsum Selenite Desert Roses
are mostly from the Sahara Middle East Region, Southwest USA and Mexico. The Barite Rose Rocks
are more abundant in Oklahoma than anywhere else in the world and are the state rock of Oklahoma.
Once these rock formations reach the surface, they are eroded quickly by the forces of wind and water.
The quality of the specimen reflects how quickly it was collected. Larger multiple rosette specimens are
always in demand and draw much higher prices.
Item # 1DR101559521

Stunning Extra Large
Gypsum Selenite Desert Rose
Cluster From Mexico

$229.00
Pristine XL Cabinet size Selenite Desert Rose cluster from Mexico.  This specimen
is from our personal collection.
It is an amazing display of artistic mixture of small
to large rosette formations. This piece shows the golden selenite color with clusters
of white frosted tip Selenite bladed rosette crystals.
This specimen measures 9.9 x 6.7 x 5.4" (25.1 x 17 x 13.7 cm)
and weighs 89 oz or 5.56 lbs (2524 grams)
.  
Selenite is a hydrous calcium sulphate, meaning it is composed of oxygen, sulfur,
hydrogen, calcium, and water.  It is a glassy, well-crystallized form of Gypsum.
Selenite formations can take on the shape of an hourglass or the familiar "desert
rose" shape.   This is an excellent specimen for display and study as well as an
interesting conversation piece.
This piece ships insured with signature required USPS Priority Mail to Continental
USA only! This specimen is both heavy and fragile. It cannot be combined with other
specimens for shipping.
Beautiful Cabinet size Selenite Desert Rose cluster from Mexico.  This is a floater
specimen with no matrix featuring clusters of white frosted Selenite bladed rosette
crystals.
This specimen measures 7.6 x 5.7 x 3.5" (19.4 x 14.6 x 9 cm) and weighs 48.8
oz or 3 lbs (1384 grams)
.
Selenite is a hydrous calcium sulphate, meaning it is composed of oxygen, sulfur,
hydrogen, calcium, and water.  It is a glassy, well-crystallized form of Gypsum.  In dry
desert conditions, sand may become trapped inside the crystals as they form.  
Selenite formations can take on the shape of an hourglass or the familiar "desert
rose" shape.  This form is also known as sand rose, rose rock, gypsum rose, and
gypsum rosette.  This is an excellent specimen for display and study as well as an
interesting conversation piece.( comes with acrylic stand shown in photos)
Item # DR08156557
Large Gypsum Selenite
Desert Rose Cluster From
Mexico

$124.00
Item # BRR12150514
Old Stock Barite Rose Rock
from Oklahoma

$69.00
Old Stock, Beautiful Shape, Nice Sized Natural Formation Native Barium Sulphate
Oklahoma Rose Rock Cluster   (a.k.a. Barite Rose) from Noble, Cleveland Co.,
Oklahoma. We picked this specimen up from a Texas Estate sale. Large specimens
like this have not been available for decades. There are light scuff marks on some of
the edges and there is one broken petal (visible in top 2 photos). Still an excellent
large cabinet display piece

This specimen weighs 37 oz or 2.31 lb (1050g) and measures
5.3 x 3.8 x 3.5" (13.5 x 9.6 x 9 cm)
This is a completely natural formation of barite, quartz sand and hematite collected from the world famous
Garber sandstone formations. The area that this was collected in is around the lake Stanley Draper area in
Oklahoma city, Oklahoma county, Oklahoma just north of the classic Noble County "Cherokee Rose Rock"
locale.
This area was recently exposed due to a drought. This specimen was collected before wind and weather
could wear the specimen down, and have a more "worn" look as the majority of rose rocks do.  Specimens
of this quality have not been collected in decades due to land development and collecting.

This Specimen weighs 6.9oz or 0.43 lb (196g) and measures 2.8 x 2.5 x 1.9 inches (7.1 x 6.4 x 4.9cm)
Item # BRR10121052
Exceptional Quality
Oklahoma Rose Rock
Barite Rose

$49.00
This is a completely natural formation of barite, quartz sand and hematite collected from the world famous
Garber sandstone formations. The area that this was collected in is around the lake Stanley Draper area in
Oklahoma city, Oklahoma county, Oklahoma just north of the classic Noble County "Cherokee Rose Rock"
locale.
This area was recently exposed due to a drought. This specimen was collected before wind and weather
could wear the specimen down, and have a more "worn" look as the majority of rose rocks do.  Specimens
of this quality have not been collected in decades due to land development and collecting.

This Specimen weighs 12.1oz or 0.76 lb (345g) and measures 3.4 x 3.2 x 2.5 inches (8.6 x 8.2 x 6.4cm)
Item # BRR01160051
Rare Oklahoma Rose Rock on a
Barite Rose Log

$29.00
This is a completely natural formation of barite, quartz sand and hematite
collected from the world famous Garber sandstone formations. The area that
this was collected in is around the lake Stanley Draper area in Oklahoma city,
Oklahoma county, Oklahoma just north of the classic Noble County
"Cherokee Rose Rock" locale.
This Specimen weighs 7.2oz or 0.45 lb (206g)
and measures 4.6 x 1.9 x 1.7 inches (11.8 x 4.9 x 4.4cm)
Item # BRR10121053
Exceptional Quality
Oklahoma Rose Rock
Barite Rose

$59.00
CHEROKEE ROSE LEGEND

In the 1800s, ignoring a decision in favor of the Cherokees Indians by the Supreme Court, President
Andrew Jackson ordered the removal of the Cherokees and other Indian tribes from their Eastern
homelands to be relocated in Oklahoma, a journey later referred to as the "TRAIL OF TEARS". About
four thousand brave Cherokee people died on this arduous trip.

Indian folklore states that "God, looking down from heaven, decided to commemorate the courageous
Cherokees. As the blood of the braves and the tears of the maidens fell to the ground, they were turned
to stones in the shape of a rose." The
Rose Rock is found in Oklahoma, the end of the journey.

When the Trail of Tears started in 1838, the mothers of the Cherokee were grieving and crying so
much, they were unable to help their children survive the journey. The elders prayed for a sign that
would lift the mother’s spirits to give them strength. The next day a beautiful rose began to grow where
each of the mother’s tears fell. The rose is white for their tears; a gold center represents the gold taken
from Cherokee lands, and seven leaves on each stem for the seven Cherokee clans. The wild
Cherokee Rose grows along the route of the Trail of Tears into eastern Oklahoma today.

Source: The Cherokee 1994 Heritage Calendar by Dorothy Sullivan, Memoray Circle Studio, Norman, Ok.
Cherokee Rose Flower photo by
http://suchislifewisdom.blogspot.com
Fun Fact...
Old Timer Rock
Collectors used to
call these Rose
Rocks "Oklahoma
Walnuts"
Desert Roses from the Algerian Desert

These natural Desert Rose stones were collected from Algeria Desert
in the Oued Souf region, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria,
which is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa on the
Mediterranean coast. We procured them direct from a mineral dealer in
El Oued, Debila, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, North Africa.

Desert Rose is the common name given to rosette formations of the
minerals gypsum and barite with
poikilotopic sand inclusions.
(Poikilotopic [pȯi¦kil•ə¦täp•ik] is a geology term referring to the fabric
of a crystalline sedimentary rock in which the component forming
crystals are multisized and larger crystals enclose smaller crystals of
another mineral. This is also known as
poikilocrystallic.) The 'petals'
are crystals flattened on the c crystallographic axis, fanning open along
characteristic gypsum cleavage planes.

Each desert rose has a different and unique shape. It is impossible to
find two desert roses in the world that will have identical shapes. These
stones are formed with many geologic and climatic occurrences and
changes. These stones can be up to 900 years old as found, and will
continue to increase size, if left alone. These stones are really unique
and reflect the natural beauty this world creates without any help or
interference by mankind.  
Item # BDRA09141151
Desert Rose Rock from the
Algerian Desert

$29.00
This is a completely natural formation of a barite Desert Rose rock collected in the Algeria Desert
in the Oued Souf region, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria. These specimens ere
procured from a mineral dealer in El Oued, Debila, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria,
North Africa. Shipments may often take 2 months or more to reach our shop. We normally will
procure several specimens per year for our Desert Rose collectors.

This Specimen weighs 4.6oz or 0.29 lb (131g) and measures 2.7 x 2.5 x 1.7 inches (6.8 x 6.4 x 4.4cm)
Item # BDRA09145501
Desert Rose Rock from the
Algerian Desert

$22.00
This is a completely natural formation of a barite Desert Rose rock collected in the Algeria Desert
in the Oued Souf region, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria. These specimens ere
procured from a mineral dealer in El Oued, Debila, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria,
North Africa. Shipments may often take 2 months or more to reach our shop. We normally will
procure several specimens per year for our Desert Rose collectors.

This Specimen weighs 3.3oz or 0.21 lb (95g) and measures 3.3 x 1.5 x 1.1 inches (8.5 x 3.9 x 2.8cm)
Item # BDRA11140071
Desert Rose Rock from the
Algerian Desert

$36.00
This is a completely natural formation of a barite Desert Rose
rock collected in the Algeria Desert in the Oued Souf region,
People's Democratic Republic of Algeria. These specimens
ere procured from a mineral dealer in El Oued, Debila,
People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, North Africa.
Shipments may often take 2 months or more to reach our shop.
We normally will procure several specimens per year for our
Desert Rose collectors.

This Specimen weighs 8.4oz or 0.52 lb (238g) and measures 4.5 x 3.5 x 1.6
inches (11.4 x 9.0 x 3.6 cm)
Item # BDRA11140072
Desert Rose Rock from the
Algerian Desert

$59.00
This is a completely natural formation of a barite Desert Rose rock
collected in the Algeria Desert in the Oued Souf region, People's
Democratic Republic of Algeria. These specimens ere procured from a
mineral dealer in El Oued, Debila, People's Democratic Republic of
Algeria, North Africa. Shipments may often take 2 months or more to
reach our shop. We normally will procure several specimens per year for
our Desert Rose collectors.

This Specimen weighs 30.1 oz or 1.88 lb (854g) and measures 6.1 x 3.8 x 4.0 inches (15.6
x 9.8 x 10.3 cm)
This is a rare bisecting blade formation of
Sand Selenite that we found in Norman,
Oklahoma. This piece has one blade with a
large chip in it, but it still is a majestic
display piece as it is not visible from most
display positions. The blade chip is from a
rock pick and it occurred while being
excavated.
This specimen measures 2.9 x 2.3 x 1.4"
(7.3 x 5.9 x 3.6 cm)
and weighs 1.1 oz  (32 grams)
.
This is an excellent specimen for display
and study as well as an interesting
conversation piece.
Item # DR12148801
Rare Selenite Sand Crystal Formation
from Oklahoma

$25.00
Photo in sunlight
Photo in shade
This is a completely natural formation of barite, quartz sand and hematite collected from the world famous Garber
sandstone formations. The area that this was collected in is around the lake Stanley Draper area in Oklahoma city,
Oklahoma county, Oklahoma just north of the classic Noble County "Cherokee Rose Rock" locale. Specimens of
this quality are difficult to find and have not been collected in decades due to land development and collecting.

This Specimen weighs 7.5oz or 0.47 lb (215g)
and measures 2.8 x 2.5 x 1.4 inches (7.2 x 6.4 x 3.6cm)
Item # BRR01150002
Exceptional Rare
Oklahoma Rose Rock
Barite Rose

$49.00
Western Sahara Desert of Morroco
The Desert Rose is also known as Sand Rose or Rose de Sable.
These Desert Roses are gypsum crystals that grow from mineral rich
ground water beneath the surface of the desert sand.  They are from
the Western Sahara Desert of southwestern Morocco. The sands in
Algeria are light whitish-tan but the sands in the Western Sahara are
an orangish-brown. The desert rose color is determined by the color
of the surrounding sands which they form in.
Desert Roses as they are found
They are found in many shapes
The Specimens listed below were procured from Moroccan Mineral Dealers at the 2015 Franklin, NC Rock, Gem and Mineral Shows. We
selected different sizes, shapes and forms to offer a variety of specimens
Item # 4MDR01160004
Desert Rose from the
Morocco Western Sahara
Desert

$29.00
This is a completely natural formation of a Selenite Desert Rose collected
in the Morocco Western Sahara Desert. We normally will procure several
specimens per year for our Desert Rose collectors.
This Specimen weighs 11.4oz or 0.71 lb (325g)
and measures 4.6 x 4.4 x 2.1 inches (11.8 x 11.2 x 5.3cm)
Item # 6MDR01160004
Desert Rose from the
Morocco Western Sahara
Desert

$24.00
This is a completely natural formation of a Selenite Desert Rose collected
in the Morocco Western Sahara Desert. We normally will procure several
specimens per year for our Desert Rose collectors.
This Specimen weighs 11.4oz or 0.71 lb (326g)
and measures 4.7 x 3.1 x 2.8 inches (12 x 7.9 x 7.2cm)
Item # 7MDR01160004
Desert Rose from the
Morocco Western Sahara
Desert

$29.00
This is a completely natural formation of a Selenite Desert Rose collected
in the Morocco Western Sahara Desert. We normally will procure several
specimens per year for our Desert Rose collectors.
This Specimen weighs 15.3oz or 0.96 lb (434g)
and measures 4.7 x 3 x 2.5 inches (12.1 x 7.8 x 6.5cm)
Item # 8MDR01160004
Desert Rose from the
Morocco Western Sahara
Desert "Sneaky Snake"

$29.00
This is a completely natural formation of a Selenite Desert Rose collected
in the Morocco Western Sahara Desert. We normally will procure several
specimens per year for our Desert Rose collectors.
This Specimen weighs 9oz or 0.56 lb (257g) and measures
5.4L x 1.4W x 1.3D x 2.9T inches (13.7 x 3.7 x 3.4 x 7.3cm)
Item # 9MDR01160004
Desert Rose from the
Morocco Western Sahara
Desert

$19.00
This is a completely natural formation of a Selenite Desert Rose collected
in the Morocco Western Sahara Desert. We normally will procure several
specimens per year for our Desert Rose collectors.
This Specimen weighs 3.8oz or 0.24 lb (110g)
and measures 2.9 x 2.3 x 2.3 inches (7.5 x 5.8 x 5.8cm)
Item # 10MDR01160004
Desert Rose from the
Morocco Western Sahara
Desert

$19.00
This is a completely natural formation of a Selenite Desert Rose collected
in the Morocco Western Sahara Desert. We normally will procure several
specimens per year for our Desert Rose collectors.
This Specimen weighs 3.3oz or 0.2 lb (94g)
and measures 3.4 x 1.9 x 1.6 inches (8.8 x 4.9 x 4.2cm)
Item # 12MDR01160004
Desert Rose from the
Morocco Western Sahara
Desert

$14.00
This is a completely natural formation of a Selenite Desert Rose collected
in the Morocco Western Sahara Desert. We normally will procure several
specimens per year for our Desert Rose collectors.
This Specimen weighs 3.2oz or 0.2 lb (93g)
and measures 3.5 x 1.4 x 1.3 inches (8.9 x 3.8 x 3.3cm)
Item # 13MDR01160004
Desert Rose from the
Morocco Western Sahara
Desert

$18.00
This is a completely natural formation of a Selenite Desert Rose collected
in the Morocco Western Sahara Desert. We normally will procure several
specimens per year for our Desert Rose collectors.
This Specimen weighs 3.4oz or 0.21 lb (98g)
and measures 3 x 2 x 1.4 inches (7.7 x 5.1 x 3.7cm)
Item # 15MDR01160004
Desert Rose from the
Morocco Western Sahara
Desert

$18.00
This is a completely natural formation of a Selenite Desert Rose collected
in the Morocco Western Sahara Desert. We normally will procure several
specimens per year for our Desert Rose collectors.
This Specimen weighs 4.9oz or 0.31 lb (141g)
and measures 3.8 x 1.9 x 1.2 inches (9.6 x 4.9 x 3.0cm)
Item # 16MDR01160004
Desert Rose from the
Morocco Western Sahara
Desert

$19.00
This is a completely natural formation of a Selenite Desert Rose collected
in the Morocco Western Sahara Desert. We normally will procure several
specimens per year for our Desert Rose collectors.
This Specimen weighs 4.4oz or 0.27 lb (125g)
and measures 3.1 x 2.3 x 1.6 inches (7.8 x 5.9 x 4.2cm)