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Desert Rose Rock Buy


The second type of desert rose is the chalcedony desert rose. This formation may look less like an actual rose to many, but its layered appearance has earned it the nomenclature. These desert roses are found in dryer locations and are more common in the state.




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These crystalline creations are formed when gypsum is broken down by natural weathering into sand-grain sized particles. Gypsum particles this small are actually pretty rare in any great quantity. In the St. David site, a high water table in the San Pedro River Valley helped to concentrate common lake sediments into mineral gypsum. The delicate crystals grow between clay and sand particles, incorporating the color of the clay/sand mixture into the resulting beautiful and unique desert rose. Color may range from pink to a light reddish-orange.


The rosettes make their way to the surface over long periods of time but are often quickly broken up by weathering when they get there. Collectors will need to dig carefully in the soft sediment or chip away hardened clay to find whole specimens among the thousands of sparkling, broken shards. The results can be unpredictable, but highly rewarding. Most of the rosettes are golfball size or smaller. Specimens can be fragile until they have completely dried out, so you may want to consider ahead of time how to safely transport them.


While St. David is the major collection sight for gypsum, or selenite, desert rose rock in Arizona, formations have also been found in other sites around the state, including in the Verde Valley region.


Camp Verde is a town located just off I-17 in central Arizona. The town is surrounded by national forest land, which does allow some rockhounding, but collectors will need to check out national forest restrictions before hunting there. Verde Valley has been targeted for a variety of fossils, gem, and minerals, including white desert rose formations.


The area along the old Route 66 between Kingman and Oatman has a number of areas for recreation and rock hunting for various types of treasures, including chalcedony desert rose rock. The BLM property Thimble Butte pull-off is one popular rockhounding site along the way.


The Cuesta Fire Agate Mine is another possible source for chalcedony desert rose. The mine offers public access for fire agate, but the desert rose is sometimes found there as well. The site is fun and educational but check ahead before going, as daily visitors are being limited since COVID-19.


Desert Rose is the name given to rosette formations of the minerals gypsum and barite with sand inclusions. The 'petals' are crystals flattened , fanning open along characteristic gypsum cleavage planes. The rosette crystal habit tends to occur when the crystals form in arid sandy conditions, such as the evaporation of a shallow salt basin.


Desert roses are mineral formations that are found on the surface and are beautiful examples of the natural power of the shaping forces of wind, water and pressure in dry, arid regions. These formations are also called Sand Roses, Rose Rocks, Selenite Roses, Gypsum Roses, and Barite Roses


Desert roses are crystal-like formations and may produce a rose shape, multiple plates adjoining at angles or the formations may look like a cluster of cereal flakes. They can look like flowers that have turned to stone. Native American stories told us that these were rocks carved into flowers by our ancestors to let us know they were here before us. Desert Roses take on the color of the sand because Selenite is a fibrous mineral and fine sand becomes trapped between the fibers as it crystallizes.


Desert roses form out of two minerals. One of those is Barite, which is the heavier of the two. The other is a type of Gypsum called Selenite. Selenite is the more fragile of the two. Gypsum (Selenite) roses usually have better defined, sharper edges than barite roses.


Desert roses are only found in deserts, which is how they got the name. Gypsum Selenite Desert Roses are mostly from the Sahara Middle East Region, Southwest USA and Mexico. The Barite Rose Rocks are more abundant in Oklahoma than anywhere else in the world and are the state rock of Oklahoma. Once these rock formations reach the surface, they are eroded quickly by the forces of wind and water. The quality of the specimen reflects how quickly it was collected. Larger multiple rosette specimens are always in demand and draw much higher prices.


Beautiful Large Cabinet size Selenite Desert Rose cluster from Mexico. It is an amazing display of artistic mixture of small to large rosette formations. This piece shows the golden selenite color with clusters of white frosted tip Selenite bladed rosette crystals. This specimen is from the E&L Roth Collection.


Beautiful Extra Large Cabinet size Selenite Desert Rose cluster from Mexico. It is an amazing display of artistic mixture of small to large rosette formations. This piece shows the golden selenite color with clusters of white frosted tip Selenite bladed rosette crystals. This specimen is from the E&L Roth Collection.


Beautiful Large Cabinet size Selenite Desert Rose cluster from Mexico. It is an amazing display of artistic mixture of small to large rosette formations. This piece shows the golden selenite color with clusters of white frosted tip Selenite bladed rosette crystals.This specimen is from the E&L Roth Collection.


Indian folklore states that "God, looking down from heaven, decided to commemorate the courageous Cherokees. As the blood of the braves and the tears of the maidens fell to the ground, they were turned to stones in the shape of a rose." The Rose Rock is found in Oklahoma, the end of the journey.


This is a completely natural Barite Rose Rock Crystal formation with rose petal formations on multiple sides of the specimen. This specimen is a combination of barite, quartz sand and hematite. It was collected from the world famous Norman, Oklahoma area. This specimen is from the L. Shearer collection. He spent the last 60 years collecting and selling these wonderful, well formed Barite Roses which he calls "flowers of the mineral kingdom" . This is a very special specimen from a great collector! Specimens of this quality are extremely difficult to find and have rarely been collected in decades due to land development.


This is a completely natural Barite Rose Rock Crystal formation with rose petal formations on two sides of the specimen. This specimen is a combination of barite, quartz sand and hematite. It was collected from the world famous Norman, Oklahoma area. This specimen is from the L. Shearer collection. He spent the last 60 years collecting and selling these wonderful, well formed Barite Roses which he calls "flowers of the mineral kingdom" . This is a very special specimen from a great collector! Specimens of this quality are extremely difficult to find and have rarely been collected in decades due to land development. 041b061a72


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