Barite is well known for its wide range of colors and beautiful crystal formations. It is a mineral specimen that collectors and rockhounds seek to have in their collections. Barite is easy to identify by its weight, it is a heavy mineral, much heavier than similar minerals. Its name was derived from the Greek word "barus" which means "heavy". Barite may replace other minerals, wood, shells, and fossils. It sometimes forms tufa-like mound shaped coatings or specimens from precipitation of hot, barium-rich geothermal springs.

Controversial arguments still exists in regards to the spelling of Barite. For the last 100 years or so, this mineral has always been spelled "Barite" in the United States. The Mineralogical Society of America spells it as "barite" as well as popular magazines like "Rock & Gem Magazine" and popular books like "The Complete Guide to Rocks & Minerals".

Controversy began in 1978 with new policy decisions from the IMA. From 1959-1978 the IMA (International Mineralogical Association) spelled it as "barite" and then changed the spelling to "baryte" in 1978. This decision was met with considerable controversy and left many questioning the IMA's logic behind the change.

In the United Kingdom, the spelling has traditionally been "Baryte". Most U.S. mineral collectors, rockhounds, geologists and mineralogists still prefer the spelling as "Barite", We at SpiritRock Shop will continue to use the traditional United States spelling here on our site as well. We hope our friends who use the United Kingdom spelling still find our pages and website when searching for Baryte...we will put it in our key words list.

For more information from Wikipedia....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barite

Smoky Barite Wafers on Matrix from Peru
Smoky Barite Wafers on Matrix from Peru
Smoky Barite Wafers on Matrix from Peru
Smoky Barite Wafers on Matrix from Peru
Smoky Barite Wafers on Matrix from Peru
Smoky Barite Wafers on Matrix from Peru
Smoky Barite Wafers on Matrix from Peru Smoky Barite Wafers on Matrix from Peru Smoky Barite Wafers on Matrix from Peru Smoky Barite Wafers on Matrix from Peru Smoky Barite Wafers on Matrix from Peru Smoky Barite Wafers on Matrix from Peru
Item# BAR03148866

Smoky Barite Wafers on Matrix from Peru

$95.00

This piece is from our personal collection and was procured from the famous St. Marie-aux-mines in 2005. Specimens from this mine are usually labeled Cerro Warihuyn, Miraflores, Huamalias, Huanuco Department, Peru (for the hill of the locality). Large Barite crystal wafers are scattered across this specimen. The piece is in very good condition. The main crystals are intact but a few are damaged around the edges of the piece from extraction (that does not detract from the overall aesthetics). Smoky colored Barite Wafers are perched upon the “miniature desert rose” matrix of this showy piece. The overall dimensions are 2.6 x 1.6 x 1.3 (6.7 x 4 x 3.4cm). The thickest blade is 2.6 mm thick. These all natural, terminated tabular crystal clusters are nearly perfect, with natural glassy crystal faces and natural smoky color.

The larger two wafers measure 1.1 x 0.45” (29.5 x 11.5mm) and 0.76 x 0.71” (19.5 x 18.2mm)

XL Barite Specimen from Sardinia Italy
XL Barite Specimen from Sardinia Italy
XL Barite Specimen from Sardinia Italy XL Barite Specimen from Sardinia Italy
Item # BAR02138731

XL Barite Specimen from Sardinia Italy

$36.00

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This XL specimen has 2 large crystal blocks joined at an angle and has smaller barite crystals on the large flat surfaces...an excellent specimen!

Weighs 0.65 lb (295g) and measures 2.9 x 2.5 x 1.7 inches (74 x 63 x 43mm)

Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock
Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock
Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock
Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock
Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock
Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock
Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock
Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock
Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock
Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock
Item# BFG02130405

Old Stock Barite on Fluorite with Galena from Cave-in-Rock

$265.00

This specimen weighs 67.3 oz or 4.2 lb (1908g) and measures 6.5 x 5.1 x 2.7" (16.6 x 13.1 x 6.9cm)

This is a very interesting Old Stock Specimen of White to Wheat colored Barite on a yellow with purple phantom Fluorite that has a few Galena specimens visible.

This super specimen comes with a historic specimen card from someone with the initials BEC and was cataloged in January of 1964 as specimen R569. The specimen has the 569 tag on the back.

Specimens from Cave-in-Rock located in Hardin County, Illinois have been highly sought after specimens since the location was closed many years ago.

This is a large cabinet display specimen

This piece is mildly fluorescent under LW UV light and glows a bluish purple with a high output lamp

The mines were still open in 1964. The mines shutdown and were closed around 1968

Smoky Barite Specimen from the Linwood Mine
Smoky Barite Specimen from the Linwood Mine
Smoky Barite Specimen from the Linwood Mine
Smoky Barite Specimen from the Linwood Mine
Smoky Barite Specimen from the Linwood Mine Smoky Barite Specimen from the Linwood Mine Smoky Barite Specimen from the Linwood Mine Smoky Barite Specimen from the Linwood Mine
Item # BARS02142352

Smoky Barite Specimen from the Linwood Mine

$56.00

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From our personal collection comes this very rare specimen that has many beautiful smoky Barite crystals on this plate of Barite..an excellent specimen from the Linwood Mine in Buffalo, Scott County, Iowa. Some crystal tips were chipped around the outer edge during extraction which is normal for crystal plates.

Weighs 8.2oz or 0.51 lb (233g) and measures 3.9 x 2.5 x 1.3 inches (9.9 x 6.5 x 3.4cm)

Golden Barite on Septarian Nodule from Elk Creek, SD
Golden Barite on Septarian Nodule from Elk Creek, SD
Golden Barite on Septarian Nodule from Elk Creek, SD
Golden Barite on Septarian Nodule from Elk Creek, SD
Golden Barite on Septarian Nodule from Elk Creek, SD
Golden Barite on Septarian Nodule from Elk Creek, SD
Golden Barite on Septarian Nodule from Elk Creek, SD Golden Barite on Septarian Nodule from Elk Creek, SD Golden Barite on Septarian Nodule from Elk Creek, SD Golden Barite on Septarian Nodule from Elk Creek, SD Golden Barite on Septarian Nodule from Elk Creek, SD Golden Barite on Septarian Nodule from Elk Creek, SD
Item # BAR09163253

Golden Barite on Septarian Nodule from Elk Creek, SD

$79.00

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Golden Barite on Yellow Calcite from Elk Creek, South Dakota USA Terminated Barite crystal with light frosting common for the location. A nice piece for which this location is famous, and it shows well. This locality was featured in the 2008 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show as one of the 50 best mineral specimen localities in North America and the location was also featured in the American Mineral Treasures Book. Very hard to get these as few concretions contain the crystals and all locations are on private ranchland where little collecting has been allowed or done recently. This is one of the early barite specimens from this locale.

It weighs 4.5oz or 0.28 lb (128g) and measures 2.5 x 2.2 x 1.9 inches (6.4 x 5.6 x 4.9cm) the crystal measures 0.78 x 0.5 x 0.39 inches (20 x 12 x 10mm)

Barite, Quartz and Black Tourmaline from Peru
Barite, Quartz and Black Tourmaline from Peru
Barite, Quartz and Black Tourmaline from Peru
Barite, Quartz and Black Tourmaline from Peru
Barite, Quartz and Black Tourmaline from Peru Barite, Quartz and Black Tourmaline from Peru Barite, Quartz and Black Tourmaline from Peru Barite, Quartz and Black Tourmaline from Peru
Item # BAR05105581

Barite, Quartz and Black Tourmaline from Peru

$30.00

This is an Old Stock Barite Specimen from Cerro Huarihuyn in the Miraflores District, Huamalíes Province, Huánuco Department, Peru. We procured it in 1996 from Wally Marks at Highway 50&95 Rock Shop in Fallon, Nevada. It has a large Barite cockscomb blade with grey inclusions, white, grey and clear smaller crystals with a touch of black tourmaline and some orange secondary overgrowth. This is one of the early barite specimens from this locale.

It weighs 1.5oz (43g) and measures 2.4 x 1.4 x 1 inches (62 x 36 x 25mm)

Salmon Pink Barite Blades with Clear Cerrusite from Morocco
Salmon Pink Barite Blades with Clear Cerrusite from Morocco
Salmon Pink Barite Blades with Clear Cerrusite from Morocco
Salmon Pink Barite Blades with Clear Cerrusite from Morocco
Salmon Pink Barite Blades with Clear Cerrusite from Morocco Salmon Pink Barite Blades with Clear Cerrusite from Morocco Salmon Pink Barite Blades with Clear Cerrusite from Morocco Salmon Pink Barite Blades with Clear Cerrusite from Morocco
Item # BAR10159990

Salmon Pink Barite Blades with Clear Cerrusite from Morocco

$30.00

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This is an attractive Specimen from the ACF mine in Meknès-Tafilalet, Khénifra, Mibladen, Morocco. It has Pink-salmon blades, 18mm, with clear small Cerussite crystals up to 4.3mm. specimen is set in mineral tack on a 32mm polished acrylic square

It weighs 2.56oz (73g) and measures 1.9 x 1.1 x 1 inches (49 x 28 x 25mm)

Barite Blades from Arizona
Barite Blades from Arizona
Barite Blades from Arizona
Barite Blades from Arizona
Barite Blades from Arizona Barite Blades from Arizona Barite Blades from Arizona Barite Blades from Arizona
Item # 1BARB12202180

Barite Blades from Arizona

$24.00

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These unique Barite Blades were picked up during one of our road trips in the 1980's from a roadside rock shop near Kingman, Arizona.

Specimen weighs 6.94oz 0.43 lbs (197g) and measures 3.9 x 3 x 1.5" (10 x 7.6 x 4 cm)

Barite Blades from Arizona
Barite Blades from Arizona
Barite Blades from Arizona
Barite Blades from Arizona
Barite Blades from Arizona
Barite Blades from Arizona
Barite Blades from Arizona
Barite Blades from Arizona
Barite Blades from Arizona Barite Blades from Arizona Barite Blades from Arizona Barite Blades from Arizona Barite Blades from Arizona Barite Blades from Arizona Barite Blades from Arizona Barite Blades from Arizona
Item # 2BARB12200561

Barite Blades from Arizona

$49.00

These unique Barite Blades were picked up during one of our road trips in the 1980's from a roadside rock shop near Kingman, Arizona.

Specimen weighs 12.9oz 0.8 lbs (366g) and measures 3 x 2.7 x 1.6" (7.8 x 6.8 x 4.2 cm)