Baryte on Fluorite
Moscona Mine, Solis, Asturias, Spain
Large Cabinet, 17.0 x 17.0 x 9.0 cm
The Asturias localities are best-known for fluorites, but also produced wonderful Barytes; you often see them in association with one another, though the fluorites are usually the "star." However, here, on this very large specimen, it is beautiful blue-grey Barytes in the starring role, on a field of amber fluorites. The Barytes are attractively isolated in rows and fansrays on the fluorites rather than massed together. They measure to 3.5 cm tip-to-tip. This is an older specimen that came out of the Rolf Wein Collection of Germany, which contained a lot of European classics in addition to a concentration in Alpine specimens. Big, showy and spectacular for what it is.