The root beer colored barite crystals on this specimen contrast starkly with a matrix coated with golden calcite crystals, creating one of the few cabinet pieces of high quality that I have seen. In fact, large specimens from this remote and little-yielding barite deposit are most uncommon. Mined and prepared by Collector's Edge, this piece is not repaired, as are so many from the locality in this size range. These crystals have also retained their perfect sharp terminations and glassy luster; this is also unlike most barites from this locality, which tend to lose their sharpness and clarity with size.
This is a spectacular large specimen of orange BARITE crystals with yellow CALCITE from Elk Creek, Meade County, South Dakota. As you can see, the quality is superb: the barite crystals are gemmy and are unusually large and very sharp. It is a remarkable specimen from this classic American locality. Because they form in large, extremely hard, boulder-sized septarian nodules, collecting undamaged specimens is exceedingly difficult.
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