Dims: 2.6 x 1.2 x 0.9" (6.6 x 3.1 x 2.2 cm)
Wt: 1.4 oz. (40 g)
El Solar Mine, Taxco, Guerrerro, Mexico
Scores of small Barite blades rest on the quartz-encrusted base of this hand specimen. These blades do not tend to exceed 0.4" (1 cm) in length or width and are generally in moderately good condition, as several spots of damage are visible. They tend to have excellent orthorhombic form and are aggregated in tight groups. Their pale gray color with a hint of blue and pearly luster are standard for the specie, and all are transparent and moderately clear, though the aggregates are usually translucent at their centers. The base rock is black and dull, and is almost completely covered by a druse of fine, transparent quartz crystals.