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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 # DR10127486

11 Inch Gypsum Selenite
Desert Rose Cluster From
Mexico

$129.00
Pristine XL 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 11 x 5.3 x 3.3" (27.4 x 13.5 x 8.5cm) and weighs 3 lbs (1370 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.
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 6 x 5.1 x 4.4" (15.2 x 13 x 11.3cm) and weighs 1.66 lbs (752 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.
Item # BRR10121001
Oklahoma Rose Rock
Barite Cluster Set

$19.00
Natural Formation native barium sulphate Oklahoma Rose Rock Cluster
Set  (a.k.a. Barite Rose)
These specimens range in size from 0.5" (13mm) to 1.13" (28.9mm)
There are 11 pieces, 10 individuals and one double rose (bottom left)
Item # SDR10129960
Selenite Desert Rose Rock
Cluster  from Morocco

$25.00
Natural Formation native red sand selenite Rose Rock Cluster from Morocco
This specimen measures 3.7 x 2 x 1.6 " (95 x 51 x 40mm)
and weighs 3.44 oz (100g)
Item # SSDR10125973
Sand Selenite Desert
Rose from Mexico

$79.00
Rare and Large Sand Selenite Desert Rose
from Banco Lucero, Villa Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico

These rare selenite blades form in desert sand and wind conditions and are amazing to see! This is one of
the largest specimens of this type we have come across in many years. Has minimal chips and broken
blades common for these pieces.

This specimen measures 8 x 7 x 5/3/4" (203 x 178 x 142mm) and weighs 4.21lbs (1911 grams).
Ships UPS Ground only to Continental USA ONLY
Item # DR10120024
"Poodle Dog"
Gypsum Selenite Desert
Rose Cluster From Mexico

$85.00
Item # SDR10128960
Selenite Desert Rose Rock
Cluster  from Morocco

$20.00
Natural Formation native red sand selenite Rose Rock Cluster from Morocco
(has chips and broken blades)
This specimen measures 3.1 x 2.2 x 1.6 " (7.9 x 5.6 x 4.2cm)
and weighs 2.98 oz (85g)
Item # SDR10127960
Barite Rose Cluster  from
Oklahoma

$25.00
Natural Formation native red sand Barite "Rose" Cluster from Norman, Cleveland Co.,
Oklahoma, USA
This specimen measures 2.3 x 1.9 x 1.2 " (5.9 x 4.9 x 3.2cm)
and weighs 3.36 oz (96g)
Item # BBC10120006
Barite Blade Cluster  from
Nevada

$269.00
This is a very large and unique barite display piece. We got this
piece many years ago from Wally Marks, who owned the Highway
50&95 Rock Shop in Fallon, Nevada. This is from our personal
collection. This piece adorned our coffee table for years. Top left
photos are top, bottom left are bottom. This is a Barite and red
sand formation that looks like a cluster of cereal flakes.

Absolutely a "one of a kind" XL Display Specimen

This piece weighs 12.48 lbs (5.66 kg) and measures
15 x 10 x 6.3" (33.2 x 25.6 x 16cm)
Ships UPS Ground only to Continental USA ONLY
The Legend of the Oklahoma Rose Rock:
During the 1800s, President Andrew Jackson ordered the removal of the Cherokee
Tribe from their Eastern homeland to Oklahoma Territory. Four Thousand brave
Cherokee perished on this arduous journey later to be referred to as the "TRAIL OF
TEARS". Folklore states that God, looking down from heaven with compassion turned
each falling tear into a beautiful stone rose. Only in Oklahoma, the end of the journey,
is the rose rock to be found.
Item # BRR10125001
Oklahoma Rose Rock
Barite Cluster Set

$24.00
Natural Formation native barium sulphate Oklahoma Rose Rock Cluster
Set  (a.k.a. Barite Rose)

These specimens range in size from 0.63" (16mm) to 1.6" (41.9mm)

There are 13 pieces, 10 individuals and one double  and 2 triple rose
clusters
Item # BRR10126001
Oklahoma Rose Rock
Barite Cluster Set

$24.00
Natural Formation native barium sulphate Oklahoma Rose Rock Cluster
Set  (a.k.a. Barite Rose)

These specimens range in size from 0.76" (19.5mm) to 1.6" (42.4mm)

There are 13 pieces, 10 individuals and 2 double  and 1 triple rose clusters
Item # BRR10124881
XL Oklahoma Rose Rock
Barite Rose

$39.00
Old Stock Hand Sized Natural Formation native barium sulphate
Oklahoma Rose Rock Cluster   (a.k.a. Barite Rose) from Norman,
Cleveland Co., Oklahoma

This specimen weighs 1.46 lb (663g) and measures
4.1 x 3.6 x 2.1" (10.4 x 9.2 x 5.5cm)
Fun Fact...
Old Timer Rock
Collectors used to
call these
"Oklahoma
Walnuts"
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 # BRR10121003
Exceptional Quality
Oklahoma Rose Rock
Barite Rose

$55.00
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 14.6oz or 0.91 lb (414g) and measures 3.4 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches (8.7 x 6.4 x 6.3cm)
Item # BRR10121053
Exceptional Quality
Oklahoma Rose Rock
Barite Rose

$59.00