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This matrix specimen features pearlescent, 3.0 cm across, stilbite crystals which surround a pastel green, lustrous, translucent, fluorapophyllite crystal measuring 7.75 cm in length. Very dramatic! I love this new style of apophyllite crystals ending in such stark and sudden planar terminations, and bought much of the pocket.
Although not on matrix, this specimen features the tallest crystals, to 3.0 cm in length, of any specimen in this group.It is nearly a floater, with a few contacts on the back only. The terra-cotta colored crystals are lustrous and translucent.
The best viewing angle for this specimen shows a 3-dimensional upright stilbite "bow tie", 8.0 cm in length, with a pastel salmon color and great luster and translucence. The matrix is a thin veneer of basalt. On the side of the specimen is a light emerald green fluorapophyllite, whose termination is just visible here - and in person this presents another alternate view with the green poking out, and is quite nice as well.
Rising out of a calcite matrix are several bi-colored flluorapophyllite crystals. The bases of some of these crystals are a pastel green which merge into gemmy, colorless, terminations. The largest crystal measures 3.5 cm in length. Unusual on the calcite! And, much flashier in person...
This specimen features an intergrown cluster of fluorapophyllite crystals which are studded on a matrix of basalt and chalcedony. The crystals are very lustrous, gemmy, and are bi-colored, pastel green to ivory. The largest crystal reaches 3.5 cm in length. Big and flashy, this piece has great lustre and form, and is a bargain only because the color is a little off.
Nestled down in a basaltic vug is a most beautiful "puff ball" of Mesolite, undamaged and sharp! The stark white Mesolite , which measures 4.5 cm across, is actually composed of fine acicular crystals.
This combo specimen not only shows off the three species but also its formation in a basaltic vug. Light, emerald green, translucent, and lustrous fluorapophyllite, to 4.0 cm across, formed first. Then, came ivory colored, lustrous and translucent, epistilbite in spherical growth, measuring more than 5.0 cm across; at the same time as growth of pearlescent, lustrous, translucent, epistilbite crystals, measuring up to 2.0 cm in length. This is a zeolitic smorgasbord! The cluster is very bright and thought white, sparkles quite a bit.
The matrix for this unusual specimen is basalt which later hosted a layer of gray chalcedony. From that layer emanated several, stalactitic forms of colorless, translucent, chalcedony, to 5.0 cm in length. Attached to the stalactites are a few doubly terminated, translucent light pink crystals of stilbite. The largest of these measures 3.0 cm across. This is a fine example of what happens in that open space in a cooling lava.
This unusual stalactitic specimen of chalcedony was formed around slender threads of another mineral, resulting in a very pleasing sculptural configuration. At the top, chalcedony has replaced a scalenohedral calcite crystal , as well. The chalcedony is lustrous, translucent, with a colorless to gray color. The longest stalactite measures 8.0 cm in length. There are also a few crystals of pearlescent, white stilbite attached. The largest of these measures 2 cm across. Odd, yet beautiful!
GEMS IN MATRIX !!! In this case, the open space in the basalt allowed the formation of of a thin layer of drusy, colorless, quartz as well as exquisite, rhombs, of glassy, transparent, colorless to slightly yellow calcite. The largest rhomb measures over 2.0 cm across. This is a most aesthetic and visually pleasing specimen with the highest quality calcite you can expect to get in terms of gemmy glassy clarity!
This cavansite specimen has two clusters perched high on the stilbite and basaltic matrix. The cavansite is deep royal blue, has great luster, and the larger of the two measures almost 2.0 cm across. The lustre is TOP quality hereThe stilbite crystals are pearlescent and reach just under 1 cm . Note the unusual freestanding and isolated cavansite crystals at base.
This specimen, along with the following 6 pieces, represents a new find of stilbite, from India, found last fall and really quite sensational as they are about the reddest color I have seen in the species (you have seen red heuldanite, yes...but NOT red stilbite before, i htink?!). The matrix is basalt, from which emanate lustrous terra-cotta-red crystals of translucent, lustrous, stilbite, the largest of which is a diverging spray, 2.5 cm across. Vivid!
This is a complete floater of deep, teal blue, lustrous, translucent cavansite, which is composed of crystal clusters to 1.3 cm across. In addition, there is a lustrous, translucent, colorless, crystal of stilbite, perched on the cavansite, which measures 1.0 cm in length. Very aesthetic.
This is another fine and rare stalactitic specimen of deep, teal blue, lustrous, translucent, cavansite. At the wider base of this piece the radial pattern of cavansite is in evidence, measuring 2.0 cm across. A lovely miniature tha tis unique amongst the crowd!
This is an aesthetic cluster of terra-cotta colored stilbite crystals, to 2.0 cm in length, perched high on a contrasting dark gray basaltic matrix. The crystals are both lustrous and translucent.
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