Barite is found in many locations worldwide. Notable deposits are in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Congo, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romany, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States (California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota, and Tennessee).
Barite is mostly mined at the industrial level and only rarely at the artisanal level. It is the most common of the Barium minerals and is the element’s principle ore. Barium is a soft silvery metal that does not appear in freeform naturally, but can be smelted from ore. Barite is also commonly found in Lead and Zinc veins in various industrial mines. Barite is very important for oil and gas production and is used in the drilling process. It is also used in automotive, paper, cloth, and paint industries. The Barium inside the mineral is used in fireworks to create green explosions.
All Barite on the market is natural, enhanced only through tumbling, cutting, and polishing.