This is a fantastic, small cabinet specimen of glassy, bladed barite crystals from the famous Meikle Mine in Nevada. The crystals are a pale, translucent yellow and very gemmy. The cluster measures 4.54" x 2.3" x 1.75" and displays very aesthetically. This specimen was collected nearly two decades ago at the mine.
Barite specimens from the Meikle Mine are considered some of the finest Barites in the world. The mine was originally a joint venture between Barrick Goldstrike Mines and AngloGold Jerritt Canyon Joint Ventures. Voids containing beautiful, golden barite crystals and other minerals were encountered during mining operations. Starting in 1995 and continuing through the late 90's several individuals were invited to recover some of these fine specimens from a few pockets in the mine. Collecting at depths of over 1,000 feet was difficult due to confined spaces, high temperatures and sulfur dioxide gas.
An article with some information on the specimen recover at the Meikle Mine in the 90's:
Specimen Recovery at the Meikle and Murray Mines, Elko County, Nevada
Barite also commonly spelled Baryte is well-known for its great range of colors and varied crystal forms and habits. It is a heavy mineral consisting of barium sulfate. The barite group consists of baryte, celestine, anglesite and anhydrite. It's generally white to colorless, and is the main source of barium.