Baryte (Two Generations)
Xiefang Mine, Ruijin Co., Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China
Cabinet, 10.8 x 10.6 x 9.4 cm
This impressive "flower-like" specimen of Baryte is composed of a radiating cluster of tabular, spear-like, bicolored crystals, to 7.5 cm in length. The core areas of the crystals exhibit translucent gemmy cores contrasting sharply with bright, ivory colored bands at the edges (1 cm thick). The crystals are very lustrous and translucent! This piece is exceptionally 3-dimensional and is complete all around, with damage only around the base periphery. As much as any Baryte cluster can, it resembles a flower.