Estano Orcko mine, Colavi District, Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia
These were some of the first Barites that I personally ever acquired from Bolivia. They came out of the ground in 2002, and are some of the most distinctive and excellent quality Barites that I have seen from Bolivia. I think that their appearance, aesthetics and displayability are secondary only to the superb quality of the Barite crystals themselves. These crystals are some of the finest quality Barites I have ever seen from Bolivia and compare favorably to gem crystals from any other world locality extant. The crystals on this specimen are good quality, sharp, well-formed, lustrous, water-clear to gemmy, tabular blades. The final touch to these Barites is that they are sitting atop beautiful, tiny, crystallized, sharp, lustrous, compressed rhombohedra of chocolate brown (nearly black) Siderite on matrix. This is one of the last pieces of this material that I have left so don't pass it by.