Baryte, Calcite
Elk Creek locality, Dalzell, Meade Co., South Dakota, USA
Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm
This large specimen features a stunning 9 x 2.5 x 2 cm crystal on matrix...3.5 inches tall, rising straight up like a rocket! The crystal has the best deep color and gemminess that you can ask for, and is razor sharp and pristine. Unlike most Barytes from this locality which tend to lose the sharp terminations with size, this retains a perfectly sharp point, with luster. Many gain matted faces, for some reason I have never heard explained. But again, this crystal has not only the sharp termination but retains the glassy faces even at the tip. It is a superior caliber, even alone; and the crystal is perched on contrasting calcite crystals as well, which adds to the aesthetics. Comes with custom base. I should also add that this piece, along with other similarly notable pieces from other famous collections, will be in the Tucson 2008 tribute case to the locality. 11.8 x 10.9 x 7.6 cm