Nador Province, Morocco, private collection from Netherlands.
Baryte is a mineral consisting of barium sulfate. Baryte is generally white or colorless, and is the main source of the element barium. The baryte group consists of baryte, celestine(strontium sulfate), anglesite (lead sulfate), and anhydrite (calcium sulfate). Baryte and celestine form a solid solution. The name baryte is derived from the Ancient Greek "heavy" (βαρύς), due to its unusual heaviness for a non-metallic mineral. The American spelling is barite. The International Mineralogical Association initially adopted "barite" as the official spelling, but recommended adopting the older "baryte" spelling later
Gorgeous mineral specimen. Groups of light bladed translucent barite crystals with a beautiful grayish blue color, backdropped with an earthy limonitic matrix. The condition of the sample is excellent. Age-related wear, fractures and minor cracks may appear. Dirt and dust. Size approx. 7,2cm x 4,2cm x 4,3cm. Weight c. 128g.