limzPublished On Tue Feb 25 2020 Modified On Tue Feb 25 2020
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 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
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.
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.
The chemical formula of Barite is BaSO4 (Barium sulfate). It has a hardness of 3-3.5 and a vitreous to pearly luster.
Ca- and Sr-rich Baryte
Celestobarite (of Dana)
Light shades of blue
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.
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.
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.
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.
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