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Barite | Know Everything About This Mineral

limz Published On Tue Feb 25 2020   Modified On Tue Feb 25 2020
Barite | Know Everything About This Mineral

Barite or baryte is a white or colorless mineral that consists of barium sulfate. It is the most common naturally occurring minerals of barium. As these minerals are very common, they can be confused with many other minerals.

Barite symbolizes health, prosperity, clarity, light, goodness, purity, innocence, perfection, confidence, and courage.

Let us learn more about Barite.

Meaning

Barite is a common mineral that typically occurs as prismatic crystals or thin white flakes. Celestite and Barite are quite the same and they cannot be distinguished by ordinary method. These stones are believed to be associated with the throat and third-eye chakras. It helps to speak out freely without any uttering, promote intuition and foresight, heighten wisdom, and achieve a higher state of consciousness.

Origin and History

Barite Crystal.
Barite Crystal.
Image Source: McDougall Minerals

The derivation of the name "Barite" is derived from the Greek word "Barus" which means "Heavy". This name was given in 1800 by a German mineralogist, Dietrich Ludwig Gustav Karsten in allusion to its high specific gravity of 4.5. This kind of heaviness is exceptional for a nonmetallic mineral. At first, the International Mineralogical Association took "Barite" as the official spelling but again recommended taking "Baryte" as the official spelling.

Formation Process

Barite mostly occurs in hydrothermal ore veins that particularly contains lead and silver. It also occurs in cavities in igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks such as limestone, and clay deposits formed by the weathering of limestone. 

Formula

The chemical formula of Barite is BaSO4 (Barium sulfate). It has a hardness of 3-3.5 and a vitreous to pearly luster.

Types

  • Angleso-Barite
  • Baryte Rose
  • Ca- and Sr-rich Baryte
  • Calcareobarite
  • Celestobarite (of Dana)
  • Cerian Barite
  • Hepatite
  • Hokutolite
  • Meißelspat
  • Messerspat
  • Oakstone
  • Radian Barite
  • Schoharite
  • Strontian Baryte

Colors Available

Blue Barite Crystal Pendant.
Blue Barite Crystal Pendant.
Image Source: My Mystic Gems
  • Colorless
  • White
  • Light shades of blue
  • Yellow
  • Grey
  • Brown

Mines Available

  • Olympic Dam Mine, South Australia, Australia
  • Rosebery Mine, Tasmania, Australia
  • Baryte Mine, Wallonia, Belgium
  • Walton Barite Mine, Nova Scotia, Canada

Cost Per Carat

The price of Barite can vary anywhere from $20 to $70 according to its color, size, and quality.

Uses

  • Barite is mostly used to make a wide variety of barium compounds.
  • It is also used as a weighting agent in drilling muds.
  • It can also be used as a pigment in paints.
  • They are also used as a gemstone in various forms of jewelry.

Spiritual Properties

  • Barite helps to promote inner vision, enhance memory, stimulate vision, connect with the divine realm, heighten psychic visionary, and align with the higher-self.
  • These stones can remove toxins from the body, soothe the nervous system, benefit the health of skin and teeth, repair brain cells, and aid joint problems.
  • It also helps to release hateful and negative emotions, enhance harmony, remove mental blockages, clarify the mine, encourage self-expression, and heal depression.

Facts

Greenish-Yellow Barite Gemstone.
Greenish-Yellow Barite Gemstone.
Image Source: Gemgazer
  • The streak of Barite is white and its diaphaneity is transparent to translucent.
  • In the USA, almost 99% of Barites are used for drilling mud.
  • Celestite, ilmenite, iron ore, and synthetic hematite can be used as a substitute for Barite in drilling mud.
  • The largest producer of Barite is Qinling and Jiangnan regions of southern China.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Michael Hill, Ontario, Canada
  • The Rock Store, Toronto, Canada
  • The Fossil Cartel, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Earthly Gems Ltd., Peterborough, England

Online Stores

  • Etsy
  • My Mystic Gems

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