A specimen of barytes coated in limonite with pyromorphite crystals from Les Farges, France. Baryte (also spelt barite) is a widely occurring mineral consisting of barium sulphate. Any barite specimen is incredibly dense, with small pieces even feeling heavier than they appear, which is surprising, considering it is a non metallic mineral. This density was how the mineral obtained its name, being derived from the Greek word ‘βάρυζ’ meaning heavy. It occurs in a range of environments and deposited via many processes including biogenic, hydrothermal and evaporation, among others. Commonly occurring in lead-zinc veins hence some of the samples contain galena (lead sulphide) as well. This specimen of barite displays white barite blades coated with limonite and pyromorphite crystal clusters. The sample measures approximately 4 x 3 x 2 cm and weighs roughly 29 grams, it is supplied in a 2″ x 2″ white card tray with an information label.. This piece would make a perfect addition to any smaller mineral collection.