Geology/History

The name Baryte is derived from the Greek word βαρύς meaning heavy.

Most Barite is ground to a small uniform size then used in petroleum well drilling. It is heavy & provides weight to the mud, this suppresses high formation pressures & prevent blowouts. Baryte is also nonmagnetic and does not interfere with magnetic measurements taken in boreholes.

Historically Baryte was utilised as white pigment for textiles, paper & paint. Also for the production of barium hydroxide used in refining sugar.

Other commercial applications for Baryte include sound reduction in engine compartments, coating of automobile finishes for smoothness & corrosion resistance, friction products for automobiles & trucks, radiation-shielding cement, glass ceramics & medical applications such as barium meal prior to CAT scan.

Although Baryte contains the heavy metal barium it is not considered to be a toxic chemical by most governments because of its extreme insolubility. 

The traditional spelling of this mineral is Baryte & American spelling is Barite.

Metaphysical Properties

The Crystal of Gods & Angels, Brings forth a strong awareness of self, purpose & universal connectivity. Increases vibrations, connects to higher self & strengthens light pillar making it excellent for channeling, dream recall & meditation. Allows one to stay grounded while connected to higher realms this helps to assimilate healing information into the logical mind.

Baryte provides structure, cleans energy fields & boosts the imagination giving creative insight into physical manifestation. An important tool for spiritual healing & enlightenment. Baryte also enhances group harmony as it dissolves the ego & supports compassionate understanding.

Blue Baryte: Excellent for those whom worry, procrastinate & stress it bring an Angelic fluidity to the mind. Great for business owners & people in emotionally stressful high pressure situations. This particular Baryte has an Ocean energy within which is rejuvenating & comforting.

  

Crystal Healing

Skeletal alignment, emotional trauma, anxiety & stress, brain & memory function.

 

Mineralogy

Group: Baryte Group – Celestine series - Sulfate Mineral

Crystal System: Orthorhombic

Composition: BaSO4

Form/Habit: Tabular parallel to base, fibrous, nodular to massive

Hardness: 3-3.5

Cleavage: Perfect cleavage parallel to base and prism faces: {001} Perfect, {210} Perfect, {010} Imperfect

Fracture: Irregular/uneven

Lustre: Vitreous, pearly

Streak: White

Specific Gravity:4.3–5

Transparency: transparent to opaque

R.I:nα = 1.634–1.637, nβ = 1.636–1.638, nγ = 1.646–1.648

Colour: Colourless, white, light shades of blue, yellow, grey, brown

Birefringence: 0.012

Strunz Classification: 07.AD.35

Dana Classification: 28.03.01.01