Chalcopyrite on Barite
Dreislar, Sauerland, Germany
Cabinet, 10.0 x 8.0 x 4.0 cm
Dreislar is, I think, one of the world's classic localities for barite. It occurs as snowy white, bladed material (as with this piece). However, THIS one is much more 3-dimensional and attractive than most such specimens I have seen, and has rich speckling of chalcopyrite crystals which really offset and highlight the snowy white color of the barite. The piece is almost pristine, with just a few tiny dings to edges of the barite that do not detract and it is in vastly better condition than other large specimens from this locality I have seen, in any case. All is clean and lustrous, the overall effect quite striking! The piece sits on its own without need of a stand.