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Oklahoma State Rock

Rose rock cluster - click to see all rock & stone symbols
Photo of rose rock cluster © Timberlake Rose Rock Museum
(used by permission). All Geological Symbols.

Rose Rock

Oklahoma designated rose rock (barite rose) as the official state rock in 1968. These rocks were formed by barite rock crystals during the Permian Age and resemble blooming roses. They are found in only a few rare places around the globe. Barite Rose Rocks can be found in clusters with only two roses to as many as hundreds of roses (some clusters weigh hundreds of pounds).

Single rose rock - click to see all rock & stone symbols
Photo of single rose rock © Timberlake Rose Rock Museum
(used by permission). All Geological Symbols.

In Oklahoma, the distinctive red soil colors them in hues ranging from reddish brown to cinnamon - rose rocks are sought after and prized worldwide. An old Cherokee legend says the rocks represent the blood of the braves and the tears of the maidens who made the devastating "Trail of Tears" journey in the 1800's to Oklahoma.

Source:
Oklahoma state icons: Official Oklahoma website
Barite Rose Rock: Timberlake Rose Rock Museum
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