Barite (classic material)

Book Cliffs Area, near Grand Junction, Mesa County, Colorado
Small Cabinet, 6.3 x 6.1 x 2.9 cm
Start Time: 09/23/2021 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/30/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $300
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

The famous Book Cliffs area in western Colorado is the source of some outstanding quality crystals of Barite which represent some of the finest examples of the species from Colorado or many other U.S. localities. This beautiful small cabinet specimen hosts a predominant 3.7 cm, VERY gemmy, sharp, well-formed colorless orthorhombic prism of Barite, along with several other accenting Barites, free of matrix making for a wonderful display piece. Most people don't realize that only a small percentage of the Barites from this locality reach this quality or size. I love how the "chisel"-shaped terminations are smooth and WATER CLEAR, and then the prism faces transition into slightly translucent near the center of the specimen. These well-known Barite crystals form inside of Mancos Shale concretions, which have to be cracked open to expose the crystals inside. Most of these concretions do not host Barite crystals (let alone fine quality crystal groups like this), and water-clear specimens are not common on the market these days. This piece was mined in the late 1970s. Priced in the inventory at $1,250.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $300 09/30/2021 6:30:15 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $291 09/30/2021 6:30:15 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $281 09/30/2021 6:26:23 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $271 09/30/2021 6:26:23 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $269 09/30/2021 6:14:24 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $259 09/30/2021 3:00:11 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $249 09/24/2021 10:34:20 am (CDT)