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Click picture to enlarge. Unless noted all specimens are from Bill & Diana Dameron’s barite suite


Styria, Niedere Tauern, Oberzeiring
  Small light gray, thin arrow-like crystals with white rims, to 0.9 cm, in group, all crystals without matrix, no apparent damage. 11x7x7 cm. Mounds very nicely, like snow-capped mountains.
Tirol, Kitzbühel, Hochfilzen
White, glossy, short spear-point crystals to 1 cm coating matrix, 7x7.5 cm overall.
Namur, Philippeville, Doische
  Very nice, translucent dark smoky to light smoky squat, pyramidal crystals in group, 9x6 cm. Harjo Neutkens photo and specimen, collected May 2011; 7 cm specimen collected July 2011. Gray translucent thick tabular crystals to 2.5 cm across, mostly "tips" in tight group. Spot (not thread) inclusions of marcasite or pyrite. 7.5x6x5 cm. Collected Harjo Neutkens.
Hainaut, Chimay, Lompret quarry

Translucent light gray/light brown tabular crystals to 1.5 cm across top, mostly just tips, on matrix. Most have milky white zones at tips. Inclusions in long threads of marcasite or pyrite or... 7x54.5 cm overall. Collected by Harjo Neutkens.

Sofia, Kremikovtzi (Kremikovtsi, Kremikovci)
Several forms and colors occur in the mines of Kremikovtzi: the brown blades in parallel groups to 2.5 cm are fairly distinctive (6x6 cm specinen); glossy thin tabular blades to 1.3 cm, nice modified faces, dark yellow--gold, 2.8 cm specimen; stalactite with thin dark yellow/olive blades, 6.5 cm tall. These groups of white sparkling chisel blades to 4 cm sold as form Drujba mine, Plovdiv but A. Dikov says the specimen is from Kremikovtzi (likely correct). Specimen is 6x4.5 cm.
Smolyan, Zlatograd, Androvo mine
  These very glossy crystals to 2.4 cm on galena were new to the US in 2007; 5 cm specimen. The large crystal is mostly transparent, 6x4 cm, light yellow tinge and perched on sulfides with smaller barite crystals, 6x6 cm overall. Mined 2009. According to reliable dealers and Bulgarian geologists, these are NOT from Drujba or Gudurska, which is how many have been sold.
Smolyan, Madan district, Septemvri mine (Pechinsko deposit)
  Thick, glossy tabular crystal, white with varying degrees of translucency, 6x4 cm, with many smaller crystals, in group. Appears to be floater, 7.5x6 cm. Mined 1989.
Smolyan, Rudozem, Dimov Dol
Light yellow glossy crystals to 1.3 cm, nearly transparent, complete coverage on barite matrix. 5x5x4.5 cm.
Bohemia, Usti Region, Kovarska fluorite deposit, between Vykmanov and Perstejn
Two milky, slightly pinkish barite blades, to 3.5 cm, coated w/tiny quartz crystals. Matrix covered with green/gray fluorite crystals to 4 mm (several purple crystals). 4x3.5x4 cm overall. Label says Vikmanov mine, Pershteyn, Bohemia. Pershteyn is another spelling Perstejn. Per Štepán Krejsek an adit in Vykmanov leads to the Kovárská fluorite deposit. Thanks also to Roger Lang and Pavel Skacha. All this from MinDat! Join if you haven't.
Central Bohemia, Beroun, Dedova hora
  Milky chisel-shaped crystals to 10 cm in groups; also blocky tabular crystals. Note: this program does not at present support the "caron" or inverted circumflex over the "e" in Dedova.
Central Bohemia, Pribram, near Brezové Hory
  Several mines produced barite (Anna, Vojtck, Sadek, Stepan (Stephan)). Usually golden/honey colored, tabular or blocky, or white or clear, in thin blades or sometimes rosettes. Also in modified blades, slightly bluish with whiter "pyramid" faces. Left to right:
  • The white glossy doubly terminated blades above are to 3.5 cm;
  • The British NH Museum piece is stunning, transparent tabular crystals, golden brown to 4+ cm, zoned;
  • Clear spray of chisel tipped crystals to 1.6 cm collected in 1899, but many others date from the 1700s;
  • 4 cm single crystal (actually doubly terminated) capped with hematite-stained dolomite crystals and some pyrite inclusions;
  • Dark honey-colored group of crystals (to 2+ cm, doubly terminated) with tiny balls of pyrite and pyrite inclusions, but a terrible old repair job virtually impossible to repair;
  • Slightly blue tabular crystals (Josef Vajdak specimen), 2+ cm, with calcite;
  • Clear crystals on a thin matrix, 2.5 cm (collected 1760, Josef Vajdak specimen);
  • Group of parallel chisel shaped crystals on salmon-colored matrix (Vajdak specimen, collected 1790), about 2.5 cm each, heavily included with pyrite.
Pardubice, Chrudim, near Bestvina
  Petr Sztacho says actually closer to Javorka than B?stvina. Cockscomb light beige, almost gray, crystals, in several groupings to 3 cm with a few micro sulfides too small to identify with hand lens. Pale yellow, clear fluorite cubes to 1.5 cm on one side. 5x5x3.5 cm.
Ústí nad Labem (current region in the historic region of Bohemia), Teplice
  Dark amber thick tabular modified crystals, fairly translucent and 4 cm on edge by 1.5 cm thick (largest) in group 7 cm tall.
South Moravia, Tisnov, Kvetnice quarry
  Thick tabular crystals to 2 cm in solid group, 10x7x3.5 cm. Pale red staining and smaller barite overgrowths (which will not come out with simple acids and cleaning) covering white. Very good condition, historic piece.
Ardèche, Aubenas
  Very thin very light blue blades in groups to 1 cm; 4x5.5 cm overall.
Ardèche, Flaviac
  Several deposits – Alice , etc. Tabular golden plates to 6 cm, smaller ones gemmy leRM #53.
Ardèche, Soyons, Saint-Péray, Le Mas mine  
  Very pale blue, very thin tabular crystals in group, 6.5x5x4 cm. Some white spots near edges. Collected about 1975. See leRM #50
Ardèche, St-George-les Bains  
  Attractive gold, translucent modified tabluar crystals to 7 cm. leRM. Jourdan collection. Thick gray tabular crystals with zoning and white rims to 3 cm across in group, 5x4x3.5 cm. Collected about 1980.
Ardèche, St-Laurent-les Bains
  White cockscomb blades much like those from the quarry near Saint Peray (see below).
Ardèche, Saint Peray quarry
  White cockscomb blades in groups to 4 cm with tiny crystals of marcasite (maybe some pyrite also) on edges and back, a few very small purple fluorite cubes. 6x6.5 cm. Collected 2005 per Alain Martaud.
Ardèche, St-du-Pape
Gold, very translucent thick tabular crystals, usually to several cm. Gemmy, in groups. LeRM #69.
Aude, Salsignes, La Caunette mine
  Small (mostly 1 cm) gemmy prismatic crystals, transparent, light golden color, on gossan matrix, 2.5x3.5 cm. Collected 1998 per Alain Martaud. The blocky clear to olive colored crystals to 1.3 cm have some faces coated with an iron stain which extends down into the crystal; 3.5x5 cm overall, also collected in 1998.
Corrèz, Meyrignac-de-Bar
  Small mine operated on and off until the mid 1960s; see LeRM #123. Acicular groups of white crystals, some nice small blades (gray, light blue).
Corrèz, Ussel, Les Farges mine
  Milky cockscomb crystals in 3 cm groups thickly covering matrix of blue chalcedony coated with micro quartz crytals, barite all sprinkled with micro pyrite crystals, 10x15 cm.
Isère, Bourg d’Oisans, mine de La Gardette  
  Classic white opaque tabular crystals, rather large.
Drôme, Rhône-Alpes, Arnayon
  Tiny needles in piece of septarian nodule; such nodules common in Provence. This simply labeled "Remuzat," well known for blue celestine. Long-time Paris dealer Alain Carion says he is unaware of barite at Remuzat but that the septarian nodules from Arnayon, Rhône-Alpes, Drôme, about 15 km north of Remuzat, contain aciular barite crystals which were tested some 20 years ago and found to be nearly pure barite, with occasional second generation white baryto/celestine. The crystals are to about 0.9 cm maximum. The sliced half nodule is 6x5 cm.
Gard, St-Laurent-le-Minier, mines des Malines, Les Cedres mine
  Classic showy white balls, called "pompons" (pompoms) in French, to 4 cm, complete and quite white, on mini sphalerite crystals which show a nice red, 6x9 cm overall. Dr. Asselborn's ball is on 9.2 cm matrix. Also occurs in other forms: rosette of sparkling white blades to 3.5 cm each in length, in cluster. Typical for the locality a very light sprinkling of sulfides, sphalerite and pyrite to give a gray dusting. 8x5 cm overall. Rosette blades to 3+ cm each, some tips with typical light grey shading, thick "rose" on small matrix with very small sphalerite crystals, 12x10 cm overall. Small (2 cm) group of white cockscomb barite crystals perched on 5 cm pyrite stalactite. 5.5x3x1.5 cm.
Haute-Loire, Langeac, Marsanges mine
  Transparent very slightly blue thin tabular crystals to 2.8 cm on edge in group, 3.5x7 cm. Collected about 1965 per Alain Martaud. Doubly terminated tabular barite crystal, thick in middle, thin on tips, light yellow, transparent tips to translucent in center, 2.5 cm. Sits on small (to 7 mm) pale blue-green fluorite cubes; a small drusy quartz plate also. 4.5x3.5x3 cm. Collected 2009.
Haut-Rhin, Ribeauvillé, Bergheim (Orschwiller)
  Old site; cockscomb blades to several cm, white, with transparent purple fluorite cubes to 0.9 cm. At bottom of hills one of Sylvie Spielmann's premier vine growing areas for Kanzlerberg Alsace Grand Cru wines. That label features fluorite crystals. See Le RM #88. Fisher specimen & photo; collecting site; wine label; milky white tabular barite blades to 2.5 cm with small, clear lustrous purple fluorite cubes to 3 mm, 8x7x4 cm overall, collected 1994. On MinDat listed as Limestone quarry. The quarry hasn't existed for years. Better label would be Domaine Sylvie Spielmann, Bergheim
Haute-Vienne, Pont de Mazéras quarry, near Folles
  White blades to several centimeters in groups, often discolored with iron oxide, sometimes with calcite. Also second generation clear, tabular crystals rarely exceeding 1 cm. See LeRM No. 82.

Hérault, Cabrières, several mines and prospects

  White opague fairly thin plates of tabular crystals to 4 cm. This 6x5.5 cm specimen still has very stubborn iron stains which seem to resist most chemical cleaning methods. See le RM #94. Very interesting specimen collected 1984 at road cut very near Col de la Moutoune, south of Ceilhes-et-Rocozels. Knobby, sparkling sand colored tips, in a mass. Thin vertical edges are pale red in center with frosting, to 3.5 cm, with extra faces near top. These are not cleavages. In thick group. Back of specimen (cleavage) shows zoning from cream to red. 5x4.5x3 cm.
Hérault, Usclas-du-Bosc quarry
  Thin white cockscomb blades (in groups often referred to as "livre ouvert"), sometimes very large (over 20 cm). Many with azurite and malachite. See LRM #19. Specimen with azurite 4.5x4.5 cm; barite only 11.2x8 cm. Both: photo L.-D. Bayle, G. Lecointre collection.
Indre, Chaillac, Rossignol & Les Redoutières mines
  Small (0.7) cm reddish-tinged tabular blades, two "pyramid" faces only (i.e. chisels), in 11 cm group. Occurs larger, to ~4 cm; grey/clear. Also blue clear, zoned tabular, off-white blades and balls (often on fluorite cubes), some galena & pyrite. Working barite mine featuring also pyromorphite, cerussite, fluorite, galena, goethite. le RM hors série X.
Isère, Bourg d’Oisans, mine de La Gardette  
  Classic white opaque tabular crystals, rather large.
Isère, La Mure

New find reported in le Règne Minéral issue #97, 2011. Susville, small commune near La Mure, sometimes on label.

  • Clear tabular crystals to 3 cm in group, 3x5 cm overall. Nice zoning; most have white edges, this larger one is the opposite with milky middle and transparent edges.
  • The smaller one features a clear tabular 2.3 cm crystal with thin white rim, with smaller crystals in group. 3x3 cm overall.
  • Group of crystals to 3 cm, 10.5x7 cm overall.
  • Thin "Christmas tree" arrangement of sawtooth tabular crystals, about 2 cm maximum, milky centers, white rims. 5.5x2.5x1.5 cm.
  • Very thin tabular crystal, nearly translucent milky-gray center with growth features on face, distinct white rims, 4 cm across, with minor crystals on a little matrix, 4.4x3.5x2 cm
  • Clear white rimmed crystals to 1.5 cm each massed on very fragile matrix, 11.5x10.5x4 cm.
  • Transparent, very thin 2.4 cm crystal, very thin white rim, perched on fragile matrix with much smaller blades. 4x3x2 cm. Collected 2011.
  • Very thin, very translucent colorless tabular crystals to 6 cm, all with thin white rims, "sawtooth" tips, in aesthetic butterfly arrangement. 7.5x4.75x3.75 cm.
Isère, Vizille.
  Clear to white relatively thin tabular crystals to several cm, someetimes zoned, with siderite. See LRM #78.
Lot, near Faycelles, Gaillot deposit
  Cream colored cockscomb blades to 2.5 cm with 5-7 mm azurite balls. Decent barite probably very rare, limited supply, but spectacular specimens possible. LeRM #86.
Lozère, Piboul mine
Doubly terminated complex crystal in rear is 4.5 cm. Tabular crystals in two groups, with crenelated tips, dark to light gold, greenish tinge, transparent tips but included with milky translucent section and numerous small sulfide crystals. These appear to be chalcopyrite but could be pyrite. 4.5x4.5x2.5 cm. Reportedly also occurs with fluorite.
Lozère, St-Etienne-de-Valdonnez, Buisson mine
Very pale yellow (occurs also as milky) crested blades in "pompons" to 2.5 cm on sphalerite matrix with tiny quartz crystals, 5x7 cm overall. See LeRM #71 and for an in-depth article and lots of pictures, LeRM #90, p. 5-16.
Puy-de-Dôme, Chanonot
  Tabular crystals much like others in the region in troups to 13 cm, individual crystals to several cm. See LRM #101, p.36.
Puy-de-Dôme, Issoire, Saint-Babel, Four-la-Brouque ravine
  Specimens often are knobby-looking scepters with lots mini-faces. MinDat notes: "Baryte is mainly found at Bois de la Courtade, an area in the northeastern part of the ravine. Located 5 to 6 km NNE of Issoire."  There is a tiny village near the locality called Roure, west of Saint-Babel, sometimes seen on labels. Four la Brouque, Saint-Babel is the normal, more common label and often only Saint-Babel. Roure should not be used because there are other localities called Roure in France which are not in the area. Knobby scepter with many mini-faces, glossy, prismatic translucent yellow-gray crystal, 6x2.5 cm. Two clear amber xls to 6x8 cm, distinct opaque "caps. See LRM #128 p. 22, 4-5 2016 article on origins of the "honey" color.
Puy-de-Dôme, near Barrage (Dam) de Bort-les-Orgues  
  Attractive clear/gold zoning, tabular crystals, to 5 cm, in groups. Also white. With quartz & siderite. Locality can be under water. leRM#60.
Puy-de-Dôme, near Olloix, Liauzun (uranium deposit)
  Barite from here known but rare in good crystals. Very clear light amber square tabular crystals to 1.4 cm, 3x3.5 cm overall. Collected 2001 per Alain Martaud.
Puy-de-Dôme, Issoire, Veneix (near Coudes)
  Light golden to grey thick (to 0.9 cm) tabular crystals to 2 cm, glossy edges, semi-glossy faces, cloudy centers. Grouped on matrix, 4x6 cm. Collected about 2001 per Alain Martaud. Coudes is another village, just west of Saint-Babel. Apparently there are many outcrops, or only a few near each other but labeling is not consistent. One can find Coudes on MinDat with barite from small vein.
Puy-de-Dôme, Volvic, n. of Clermont-Ferrand, Chatel-Guyon
  Light golden tabular translucent crystals to 2 cm or larger, very glossy edges, semi-glossy faces, in 4.5x6 cm group. First group collected about 1997 according to Alain Martaud. Second similar group is 3.5 cm tall. See leRM special #2 '96.
Puy-de-Dôme, St-Saturnin, Côte d’Abot
  Well known localityfor gemmy amber (dark gold to olive colored) blocky crystals. This clear olive/dark amber scepter is 5.5 cm. The 9.5x5 cm zoned more olive colored crystal is a floater, attached at one time but completely rehealed with crystal faces everywhere, collected in 2007 according to Alain Martaud. The gemmier somewhat yellower tabular crystal, 4.5x5 cm, is also a floater, was also collected in 2007. Nice scepter top with lustorus gemmy "pyramidal" faces, light amber and translucent, primary prism face coated with secondary barite, bright but cloudy. Obverse side (shown) shows nice scepter faces. 3.5x2.75 cm, collected 2009. Two clear amber crystals to 7 cm, distinct opaque "caps." 10x6.5x5.5 overall. Sometimes labeled Olloix, for nearby village, but for barite from this area Côte d’Abot is more descriptive.
Puy-de-Dôme, Pontgibaud
  Tabular crystals to several cm (milky to light blue) in groups, sometimes more golden in color, some cockscombs. See LeRM hors-série XIX.
Rhône, Chessey  
  Very small clear/white crystals, sometimes to 2 cm. leRMextra 03
Rhône, Lantignié  
  Fair white blades; fluorite, wulfenite locality. leRM #26
Saône-et-Loire, Autun, mine de Maine-Reclesne
  Gold/olive glassy chisel crystals ("sifflets" or whistles in French) to 9 cm in large groups, classic. Also typical crystal group, narrow (to 0.8 cm) and to 4 cm long each. Good translucence, slightly greenish amber-gold, nice luster, very minimal damage. 6 x 5 cm overall. Thick, tabular, glossy crystals ,in a group with tips looking like old fashioned steam whistles. Individual crystals to 5 cm. Pale olive color, translucent. 10x6x5 cm. The region around the town of Autun (as in autunite) and nearby La Petite Verrière  is known for uranium mining as well as fluorite for use in the iron industry. In addition it has provided very wide variety of specimen-quality barite. See le Règne Minéral hors série XIII (2007) for dozens of pictures. Barites from mine de Maine-Reclesne are most prized as these "sifflets," but also occur as elongated gemmy crystals, sometimes on purple fluorite. Also at this mine are found occasional translucent blue or green prismatic crystals to 5 cm, thin white tabular crystals to some 10 cm, thick white or gray chisel crystals, gray bursts of elongated crystals to many centimeters occurring as floaters, tabular "stepped" crystals, doubly terminated to 10 cm (yellow-gray), and others. These can occur in huge plates. There are other nearby minor barite occurrences. See also below (Voltennes).
Saône-et-Loire, Voltennes, La Petite-Verrière, La Barrot (Bareau) level
  Milky to clear thin somewhat pointed blades in groups to 2 cm long covering matrix with tiny, deep brown classic shaped dolomite (or ankerite or siderite?) crystals; 4x6 cm specimen, collected 1973 according to Alain Martaud. Larger (7x8 cm) specimen, also with dolomite (or ankerite or siderite), has whiter blades to 3 cm and was collected in 1974. The deposits of Voltennes (see mine de Maine above) extend some 12 kilometers from La Petite-Verrière to Autun and the workings have provided thousands of nice barite specimens. Many are white or gray or stained cockscomb (crêté) to many centimeters. Thin white tabular crystals, tabular crystals with nice rims or overgrowths of second generation barite, thick plates… Some of the later workings of the main mine and nearby outcrops carry their own names (La Barrot, the largest, and the last level René-René bis; Bois Renard, etc.). See le RM Hors Serie XIII 2007, p. 40 ff.
Savoie, Massif du Grand-Châtelard, Fôret du Sapey
  Thin clear to milky zoned, serrated blades to 3 cm maximum with tiny quartz crystals in a vein in the forest. Not seen on market. See LeRM #95, p. 40.
Tarn, Peyreblanque mine  
  White to ivory thin blades in cockscomb groups to 4.5 cm with tiny quartz crystals, 3x5.5 cm overall. There are several localities; the "Peyres" mine is reportedly different than those of the roadcut for the famous bridge. Many habits of barite can be found in the area; glossy groups of thicker blades, yellowish, to 6 cm; clear tabular blades to several cm; very thick glossy clear/lite brown tabular blades to 4 cm, often with calcite or ankerite. See leRM#63 and #140, Mar-Apr 2018.
Var, near Fréjus, l'Avelan mine  
  Clear floaters; 3x4x0.5 cm and 4.5x6x0.5 cm, collected in 1995 according to Alain Martaud. Also occurs in very nice specimens with green fluorite, le RM #31 and le RM Hors-SerieXXII 2016..
Var, mine de Fontsante  
  Fluorite locality, nice barite. Le RM #43
Baden-Württemberg, Schwarzwald, Hesselbach mine
  Thin pale pink/tan blades form overlapping rosettes, 4x3.5 cm overall. Very small glittering nearly clear fluorite cubes sparkle, as do micro crystals of pyrite
Baden-Württemberg, Schwarzwald, Oberwolfach, Clara mine
  Classic locality. From left:
  • Large (6+ cm) unmarred translucent chisels with attractive zoning, 5.5x7 cm;
  • Grey/brown opague pointed to flat translucent chisel blades, brown inclusions, some zoned, to 1.8 cm, 3.5x4 cm;
  • Dark grey somewhat rounded chisel shaped crystals to 1.5 cm with tan inclusions/tips, 6x6 cm;
  • Clear yellow tabular crystals to 2 cm, some zoning, in this 10 cm group
  • Chisel shaped thin white barite crystals to 2.5 cm square, all coated with drusy quartz, coating barite matrix. Very clear fluorite cube, 1.5 cm, and elongated clear fluorite crystal, 1.5x0.5 cm perched on specimen. 7x9 cm.
  • Pristine miniature, slightly milky, square-topped flat prismatic crystals to 2.7 cm with neat striations in group 4x3x3 cm.
Baden-Württemberg, Schwarzwald, Urberg, near St. Blasien, Gottesehre mine
  White cockscomb blades, specimen 8x10 cm; also with quartz crystals, specimen 9x10 cm. Both Sebastian Möller specimens and photos.
Baden-Württemberg, Schwarzwald, Münstertal, Teufelsgrund
  Nice very white sparkly cockscombs to 2.5 cm on very small clear/grey fluorite cubes, on matrix with sulfides (sphalerite?), 5x6 cm. Similar specimens from Gottesehre mine NE of Munstertal, near St. Blasien. See above and http://www.mineralienatlas.de/lexikon/index.php/Mineralienportrait/Baryt
Baden-Württemberg, Schwarzwald, Wieden, Anton mine  
  Small, attractive white bladed balls with larger fluorite. Also orange coated
Baden-Württemberg, Schwarzwald, Wieden, Tannenboden mine
  White cockscomb crystals, fairly large. This is a Larry Havens specimen, specimen 25x15 cm.
Bavaria, Cacilia mine?  
  Flesh colored thin tabular blades to 2.5 cm on greenish fluorite
Hesse, Adorf, Christiane mine
  Two bright salmon-colored balls, 2.2 m, one complete, on black matrix with small (0.3 cm) dogtooth calcite crystals and clearly visible micro pyrite crystals. 9x7x4.5 cm.
Hesse, Gross Umstadt, Knosberg quarry

Nearly transparent flat blades, thin, with opague terminations on some faces, dark gray-red with included dark red iron staining, in group. Largest crystal 2x2 cm. Minor damage but not to main crystal. 4x4x1.5 cm. Ex M. Jeffel, collected ~1975

Lower Saxony, Harz Mts.
Exact locality still unknown; this stalactite with white, tooth-like crystal groups to 1 cm is 5.5 cm tall. Tiny black flecks in crystals. Fairly old label just says Harz Mountains; can you help? See Home Page for contact information.
Lower Saxony, Harz Mts., Lauterberg, Wolkenhügel mine  
  Thin tabular blades to 2.5 cm along one axis, very narrow, in tight groups at all different angles, slight pinkish-tan cast to otherwise milky color. All barite, nice relief. 9x12 cm
Lower Saxony, Harz Mts, Bad Grund, Wildemann mine  
  Clear doubly terminated tabular crystal, 12x5 cm. Kristalle specimen. Also white "balls" of blades coated with yellow-brown coating or another mineral.
Lower Saxony, Sarstedt, Gott Clay Pit
Small (0.8 cm) green rosettes of barite blades on tiny chatoyant brown siderite blades.

Rheinland-Pfalz, Ruschberg, Baumholder, Clarashall mine
  Clear parallel crystals to 1.5 cm with red tips and scattered tiny cinnabar crystals. 4x5 cm; 4x5 cm group, clear parallel tabular crystals (3x5 cm, largest crystal), a little cinnabar.
North Rhine-Westphalia, Sauerland, Dreislar
  Classic white opaque chisel crystals to 3.5 cm with chalcopyrite sprinkles in 8 cm group. Also smaller crystals with pink centers, 9 cm group. Third piece consists of unusual thin flat crystals, opague cream to pink, but with sawtooth tips, in group 9x4 cm, with large, bright, distorted 3.5 cm pyrite cubes in group in middle.
North Rhine-Westphalia, Sauerland, Holzen, calcite quarry
  Flat tabular blades to 2 cm; 2 large, others smaller, on fragile barite matrix. Translucent gray centers, all rims light pink. 7x7 cm.
Saxony, Freiberg
  Left to right:
  • Clear thick tabular 3 cm crystal with tiny galena inclusions;
  • Clear tabular crystal group 4 cm tall coated with quartz crystals and tiny pyrite balls;
  • White cockscombs to 1.5 cm with tiny fluorite cubes and sphalerite, Hunterian M&AG, coll. 1830s-40s. Thomas Brown (d.1853) label: St. Rupert's, near Freiberg (Freyberg);
  • Another Brown specimen in the Hunterian: reddish stained fluorite & barite crystals to 4 cm "bought at a sale in 1850," labeled Freyberg.
Saxonym Freiberg, Roßwein, Gersdorf
  Nice pale cream-colored cockscomb blades in 2.5 cm ball with other attached cockscomb blades perched on clear yellow fluorite cubes to 1 cm; two calcite balls on top, tiny rough crystals, to 1.5 cm. (Under magnification appears acid etched in past). Bright tiny pyrite crystals scattered on surface and in fluorite. 6x5x5 cm. Albert Stearns collection, purchased by Wallace Levison June 5, 1895. Levison, Stearns and other labels on bottom of matrix.
Saxony, Erzgebirge, Schwarzenberg District, Pöhla, Pöhla-Tellerhäuser Mine
  Classic locality. From left:
  • Typical gemmy coffin shaped crystal 4 cm, with many smaller ones and "notches" in crystal edge. Dark amber color, lustrous with somewhat duller large pyramid face. Group 5x6 cm;
  • Typical gemmy coffin-shaped crystals to 2+ cm in 9 cm group;
  • Heavily coated tabular crystals to about 3 cm in large group (George Gerhold specimen);
  • Thick white/reddish tinged blades to 5 cm with fluorite, and unusually acanthite (Cal Graeber specimen);
  • Amber/golden zoned fat crystals to 9 cm.
  • More unusual for locality flat bladed crystals, doubly terminated to 8 cm in nearly parallel group/fan, excellent luster and golden color, translucent, transparent in places. No visible damage, 8x8x7 cm. From 210 level, ex-Simone & Peter Huber, Vienna, from H. Heidrich (?), Budapest, 1988.
Saxony, Annaberg-Buchholz
Gold 6x4 cm crystal with quartz on large matrix. Seaman specimen, mine not specified. Zoned tabular light gold/brown crystals to 1.5 cm on good quality fluorite crystals are reported. This old specimen in the Hunterian M&AG is from the Christie collection (1917) and labeled Annaberg, Erzgebirge. Crystals to 1.5 cm. Picture taken in less-than-ideal conditions.
Saxony, Annaberg-Buchholz, Frohnau, Bäuerin mine

Pink (center) to cream-colored to milky clear blades to 6.5 cm in radiating group, 7.5x3.8 cm, with scattering of bright small chalcopyrite crystals (which coat the back). Collected August 2009. Typical thin blades to 4 cm in group, excellent luster, with white, crenelated tips, gray to pale pink, sprinkled with tiny chalcopyrite crystals. Where not attached, doubly terminated. On translucent deep amber fluorite cubes to 1 cm, full coverage with a few 3 mm chalcopyrite crystals. 9x7x6 cm.

Saxony, Erzgebirge, Freiberg district, Halsbrücke, Beihilfe mine
  White (warm tinge) cockscomb balls to 2 cm on matrix, ringing light yellow transparent fluorite cubes to 1 cm, micro sulfides. 7x8 cm overall. Unusual form for Beihilfe, but locality confirmed as "Unnamed Spat" deposit at the mine by Wolfgang Wendel. More commonly thicker blades, or event thick gray/transparent pyramidal crystals to 2.5 cm.
Saxony, Erzgebirge, Heilige Dreifaltigkeit mine  
  Clear, squarish tabular crystals thin to medium thick, to 2 cm.
Saxony, Erzgebirge, Schlema-Hartenstein District, Schlema

  Very dark brown almost opague squarish tabular crystals to 1.6 cm each in group, 3.5x3 cm overall. A number of these are around labeled from various uranium mines in the Schlema area. Howard Messing got this 10.5 cm specimen with 4 cm crystals labeled Brunndöbra, Vogtland, Saxony. But it is unlike Brunndöbra specimens. It looks amazingly like Eberhard Equit's drawing of barite from Niederschlema (described as "strongly radioactive") and the first piece above, definitely from the Schlema area.
Saxony, Erzegebirge, Wolkenstein, Shaft 137
  Thick prismatic crystals, olive-gray-brown in middle, translucent amber on edges, to 4.5x1.6 cm in vertical group 6x2.5 cm overall. Somewhat dull surface. Translucent colorless blades to 3 cm across with snow-white rims in tight group, with a few clear (iron stained inside) fluorite cubes and tiny chalcopyrite crystals. 8x7.5x6.5 cm.
Thuringia, Harz Mts., Nordhausen, near Ilfeld

Occurs (rarely) with the well-known manganite in white tabular crystals, somewhat thick. Usually just cleavages. This piece about 9-10 cm across.

Thuringia, Ronneburg Uranium deposit
  Neat "bow tie" complex crystal, 5x2.5 cm, dark yellowish brown, nice luster. According to old labels collected 1986, 345m Sohle, Block 1146.
Cyclades, Milos Island, Kalamavros (mountain)  
  Clearish small blades (to 1.2 cm) in large plates. Specimen 17x11 cm. Keith Wood specimen & photo.
Cyclades, Seriphos, Megalo Livadi  
  Very clear, thin tabular blades with modified edges, to 2.5 cm in parallel group on gossan matrix, 5x6 cm overall. Fairly thick, milky to clear tabular crystals, with some sawtooth edges and some attractive faint yellow staining at tips, to 2.5 inches square, in spray around black/brown metallic ore base, 6x7.5 cm. Very thin tabular nearly equant blades to nearly 2 cm, somewhat milky with clear phantoms and/or rims, tighly packed around gossan-looking black matrix (front; lots of barite on back), 8.5x7.5 cm overall, with several clear fluorite cubes to 0.7 cm. Last two collected between 2003-2009 by Jacques Grandemange.
Attica, Lavrion (Laurium)
  Tabular crystals to 1 cm, orange (hematite?) tinged edges, with small calcites in 8 cm group. Very thin tabular crystals to 0.7 cm in 6 cm group, nicely rimmed with (hematite) stain.
Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Rudabánya  
  Generally white blades in attractive rosettes to several cm; also smaller cream-colored tabular crystals. See MR 32/2. First specimen (Hun. Nat. Hist. Mus.) is 3x4 cm; second (Herman Ottó Museum) is 4.5x5.5 cm; third specimen, also Herman Ottó Museum, is smaller, rosettes about 3 cm across. All photos by Laszlo Horváth.
Heves, Gyöngyösoroszi, near Gyöngyös
  White tabular blade, 2 cm on edge by 0.4 cm thick, on calcite scalenohedrons with one larger calcite crystal and small sulfides, 4x6 cm.
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Piemonte, Torino, Ivrea, Brosso mine
Crisp, white, zoned, doubly-terminated tabular crystals, these to 3 cm. 3.5x3x2.5 cm
Sardegna, Cagliari, near Silius, Genna-Tres Montes mine
  Transparent thin, clear barite blades to 1x1 cm, with flattened terminations and intense lilac zoning. Quite unusual barites obtained from local expert Giorgio Spiga, who says Genna-Tres Montes was a separate mine near the better known Muscadroxiu mine, run by same company but with separate management. Matrix coated with marcasite crystals to 0.2 cm. White, frosted calcite scalenohedrons to 1.5 cm (which fluoresce red) on sides. 7.5x6.5 cm.
Sardegna, Cagliari, near Silius, Muscadroxiu mine
  Glassy translucent crystals to 4 cm, CT Minerals specimen. Typical glassy somewhat complex light yellow crystal, 4.5 cm, with amber phantom and smaller crystals plus small calcite rhombohedrons. 7x7 cm. Both barite and calcite fluoresce. Also reportedly in transparent blue thin blades to 3 cm. Precise locality details courtesy of Giorgio Spiga. Amber crystals, dark to very golden flashes, thick pyramidal to 3.5 cm in group, a little mounded group of rounded white calcite crystals on one side. Good luster, color, 7.5x5.5x5 cm overall.
Sardegna, Carbonia-Iglesias, Fluminimaggiore, Santa Lucia mine
  Lemon-yellow, nearly transparent thick tabular crystals to nearly 3 cm scattered on white matrix, 8x7 cm overall.
Sardegna, (Carbonia-Iglesias, Sulcis area, Orbai)
  Very clear somewhat complex tabular crystals, less than 2 cm. Labeled only Sardinia. Giorgio Spiga says might be Orbai.
Sardegna, Carbonia-Iglesias, Sulcis area, Barbusi, Sa Corona 'e sa Craba
  According to Sardina expert Giorgio Spiga, the " Sa Corona 'e sa Craba " grotto ( The Goat's Crown grotto), located close to the village of Barbusi a few km outside Carbonia, was discovered in the mid-1970s by cavers. In the first years only specimens with small grey crystals which altered in sun light to green were collected. In 1978 a pocket was found which yielded hundreds of beautiful specimens with crystals of noteworthy size. In 1997 another good pocket opened, but with fewer specimens. The first above are nice thin, fragile, clear light green blades to 6 cm on edge in a group. The second consists of transparent thin green blades to 5 cm, sawtooth, good luster, in group perched on white small calcite crystals and larger groups of light pink calcite crystals. 8x6.5 cm specimen.
Sardegna, Carbonia-Iglesias, Sulcis area, Villamassargia, Barega mine
  According to Giorgio Spiga, "The Barega mine, located between Carbonia and Villamassargia, was the biggest Sardinian Barite mine in the early 1960s, but only between 1980 and 1983 and only in the Monti Unixeddu stope were collectable specimens found. In the 1990s the company faced hard problems due to competition from foreign Barite producers and in 1997 the mine was closed." Specimens from Mont'e Mesu orebody are sometimes mislabeled as coming from Barega. First specimen is 20 cm with crystals to 4 cm; second is 16 cm with a 7 cm crystal.
Sardegna, Carbonia-Iglesias, Sulcis area, Villamassargia, Mont'e Mesu orebody
  Sardinian collector Giorgio Spiga kindly provided locale information on barites from the island and photos of many of his excellent specimens. According to Giorgio, "Mont'e Mesu is a hill close to Villamassargia, in the Sulcis area (northwest of Cagliari). In this area were located the most important Sardinian barite mines and ore bodies. Today all mines are closed and only rockhounds dig in the Sulcis hills. The best specimens were found during the second half of the 1970s, but some good specimens are still found." Left to right:
  • Classic yellowish-green, translucent pointed tabular crystals with phantoms, to 2+ cm in 7 cm group;
  • Golden, transparent, zoned tabular crystals to 2 cm in 7 cm group;
  • Spiga specimen, 18 cm plate with crystals to 9 cm;
  • Spiga specimen, 30 cm plate, crystals to 8.5 cm;
  • The same 30 cm specimen with detail showing the large crystal (to 8.5 cm) group in the middle;
  • This specimen of Giorgio's is 26 cm, with crystals to 6.5 cm;
  • Detail of above 26 cm specimen;
  • Giorgio's "Mont'e Mesu King," found in 1985 by Lillino Canè with the largest good crystal ever found in the area: a 17 cm crystal on this 24x27 cm specimen;
  • A floater with two crystals, 7.2x6.7 cm;
  • 30x20 cm specimen of Giorgio's with crystals to 11.5 cm!;
  • Detail of crystals on the above giant;
  • 25x35 plate, Spiga collection, with crystals to 9 cm.
Sardegna, Carbonia-Iglesias, Iglesiente area, Gonnesa, Domus Nieddas
  Clear prismatic crystals to 3 cm matrix, 4.5x7 cm (locality courtesy of Giorgio Spiga).
Sardegna, Carbonia-Iglesias, Iglesias, San Giovanni mine
  Typical milky "fan" of thin, flat tablular crystals to 4 cm. Narrow ones very translucent; large wide crystal has milky inclusions. 7x5 cm overall. From Punta della Torre stope, the last to be worked, per Giorgio Spiga. (Mindat shows the San Giovanni mine as part of a larger unit, Punta della Torre...)
Sardegna, Carbonia-Iglesias, Sulcis area, Nuxis
  Like Riu Bachera mine, another barite locality close to Nuxis, with large crystals. These two specimens are Giorgio Spiga's. The first is just under 10 cm long, 6.5 cm across; the second piece is 19x17 cm.
Sardegna, Carbonia-Iglesias, Sulcis area, Nuxis, Riu Bachera mine
  Locality for the popular "coffin" shaped primatic crystals. These very often labeled Silius, Cagliari but according to Giorgio Spiga they are not (see Silius, below). Many on the market came out in 1972-73 (likely the first, Dameron specimen.) Giorgio Spiga's specimens shown here are all from a March 2007 find. From left:

  • Doubly terminated “coffin” prismatic crystal 2x6 cm, translucent gold on two faces, frosting on two others, with other crystals, in 7 cm group;
  • Three thick, pointed. tabular, yellow quite translucent crystals in a group, with frosting just under the surface on the "back" and some pyramid faces. High luster, 6.5x7 cm. Ex Tiziano Bonisoli.
  • Spiga collection, 17x14 cm plate with coffin-habit crystals to 6 cm;
  • A floater, 7.5x7x4 cm, Spiga specimen
  • Another floater of Giorgio's, 9.5x6 cm;
  • 14x13.5 cm very attractive floater, Spiga specimen;
  • Another fantastic specimen of Giorgio's, 17x12x5 cm, apparently a floater, good luster on both sides.
Toscana, Lucca, Sant' Anna di Stazzema, Argentiera di Sant'Anna Mines
  Creamy somewhat iron stained thick blades to 2 cm; 3.5x3.5 cm specimen of Renato Pagano. White square blades to 1+cm in tight group, 5x7 cm, virtually no damage. Ex-Pagano, ex-Marchetti.
Toscana, Massa Marittima, Niccioleta mine
  Pale blue tabular crystals with neat faces on edge stacked in front of clear gypsum. Barites 2.5 cm; 6x3x3 cm overall.
Trento, Vignola mine
  Clear, grey or milky crystals, sometimes to 20 cm, with light yellow-green or blue fluorite cubes. Sometimes with oxide coating. See LRM #78.
Telemark, Bamble, Styggedalsgangen
  Amber/yellow tabular crystals, usually as individuals. Old labels also include town of Brevik but Bamble seems more accurate. From left: typical prismatic crystal, nicely translucent, zoned vertically light and dark amber, good shape but not perfect. 2.6x1.7 cm; golden prismatic crystal, good luster but cloudy. Repaired along cleavage plane. 2x4 cm.
Lower Silesia (Dolnyslaskie) near Zlotorya (Stanislawów? – see notes)  
  Reportedly 1 cm clear crystals on pyrolusite globules. Cited as Stanislawów in Bernard & Hyršl, but not to be confused with the very well known Stanislawow, formerly a Polish region now renamed and in Ukraine and the site of infamous Nazi massacres.
Lower Silesia, Lubin mine

Feathery group of small, sparkling blades, feather groups up to 0.8 cm long, forming 8x5 cm "mushroom," 5 cm tall. The stalactitic narrow bottom is composed of more rounded groups, less sparkling. Slightly warm tan color, opaque. All barite, fragile. Also attractive slices available, rimmed by and with marcasite, in nodules to more than 15 cm (this one 11.5 cm). Thin light tan rounded blades to 0.6 cm in curving stalactite, no damage, 9x3x2.5 cm. Very fragile. Apparently new material 2016.

Lower Silesia, Jawor, Stanislawów
  Very clear crystals to 2.5 cm in 7 cm group. Clear, thin crystals with brown tint in lower portions of the crystals, 6.5 cm specimen. Locality courtesy of Tomasz Praszkier.
Podkarpackie, Tarnobrzeg, Machow mine
  Classic locality. However, elongated crystals are celestine and often mislabeled barite, even the dark gold ones, according to Polish geologists & Minerals of the Carpathians. Flat, tabular crystals are barite. Small white chisel crystals with sulfur, 4.5x2 cm. Specimens from Stanislawów sometimes labeled as Machow. THE LAST TWO PICTURES ABOVE ARE OF CELESTINE.
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Banskobystrický, Banská Štiavnica (Schemnitz)
  Historic mining center in the region (kraj) of Banskobystrický. The German name Schemnitz was used when it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (until 1918).Clear fairly thin tabular blades to 2 cm each in group 7x8x4 cm, internal fractures. Needle inclusions of stibnite and yellow-brown siderite on matrix. Milky to clear rounded tabular crystals 3 mm thick, to 3 cm each in jumbled group 9x5x4 cm. Black (manganese oxide?) firmly embedded on crystals. Could possibly be cleaned. Ex Gent University, Renaud Vochten. The NMS specimen has crystals to 1.5 cm with black inclusions. *Edinburgh NMS images are copyrighted and reproduction and display are prohibited without written consent. http://www.nms.ac.uk/
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Valais, Mt. Blanc, Mt. Chemin near Jeur Verte  
  Tabular milky crystals, several centimeters, in Alpine veins with quartz. LeRM hors série V '99
Aargau, Melikon quarry
  Rough gray (slight green cast) tabular crystals in group, largest about 1.5 cm. Color results from glauconite inclusions. 3.5x2.5x2 cm. Truly a locality piece... See Schweizer Strahler 2. Jahrgang Nr. 1, Februar 1968 p. 101 - 104. Inclusions see Mineralienlexikon der Schweiz Hans Anton Stalder, Albert Wagner, Stefan Graeser,
Peter Stucker. Verlag Wepf & Co. Basel 1998. Per Walter Elsasser, Thun
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