The single barite rose rock can be found in sizes ranging from only millimeters to that of four inches. The largest single rose on record is seventeen inches in diameter, ten inches high, and weighs in at 125 pounds.

The under-developed singles can be described as looking like walnuts or peach pits. They can have any number of blades to form the rose. Or they may simply have two crossing blades forming an "X". Below are samples of barite rose rocks with varying degrees of formation.

a small rose rock peering out of the red sand encasing it The rose rock is not always easy to find as this picture depicts. This one was found only after washing part of the sandstone away.
a beautiful rose rock formation This rose rock shows a well-formed petal. You will note the rounded edges which are a result of the crystalization of the barite while forming.

 

Clusters | Singles | Sculptures | Selenite

 

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