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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 # DR10120024
"Poodle Dog"
Gypsum Selenite Desert
Rose Cluster From Mexico

$85.00
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
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)
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
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

$3
6.00
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)