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A basaltic matrix with a pearlescent, druse of stilbite, act as the host for two rosettes of royal blue, translucent, cavansite, to 1.3 cm across. Jauntily perched on top of the upper cavansite rosette, is a transparent, light, amber colored calcite crystal, measuring .7 cm in length. Amazing aesthetics!
This unusual specimen exhibits three generations of mineral, staring with a matrix of tan, drusy, stilbite, upon which grew a cluster of royal blue, cavansite measuring 1.5 cm in length. Encrusting the cavansite is a generation of colorless, gemmy, calcite crystals, to .2 cm across. This latter encrustation gives the underlying cavansite a strange, candy coating, effect.
Recent mining for cavansite has also uncovered the world’s finest pentagonite crystals (a dimorph of cavansite with different crystal form, these showing much twinning). This rare mineral occurs here as a Christmas tree-shaped cluster of 1.7 cm in length, with lustrous and translucent, rich, neon-blue, crystals. The pentagonite is nestled protectively in a vug of lustrous, translucent, colorless, stilbite crystals. Just lovely!
CABINET, 17.0 x 12.6 x 7.1 cm
A basaltic vug coated with tiny clusters of gray stilbite acts as the host for several clusters of deep teal blue, lustrous, cavansite. The largest cluster measures 2.0 cm across. I particularly like this example of how we get crystals in vugs, whad had room for crystals to grow.
A majestic, 7 cm tall crystal of colorless, transparent, lustrous, fluorapophyllite, that looks like a rocket ship ready for lift-off. It is on a basaltic matrix and is surrounded by smaller fluorapophyllite crystals as well as lustrous, pastel pink, crystals of heulandite, to 3.0 cm across. DRAMATIC!
The unusual sky blue color, of the nestled cavansite rosette, is imparted by the large number of small, colorless, lustrous, and transparent calcite crystals which cover the cavansite. All of this is in a vug of lustrous, ivory colored druse of stilbite. Unusual!
Gemmy, light, minty-green, lustrous, fluorapophyllite crystals are exquisitely perched on a thin stalk of sparkly white chalcedony. The largest crystal is doubly terminated and measures 4.1 cm in length. If this specimen is correctly displayed vertically, it mounts so the crystals look floating in the air. Just easier to photo on the side, like this. And still, even reposing, pretty darned striking!
Looking very much like a freeform sculpture, this specimen features several crystals of pearlescent to light salmon color, translucent, stilbite, to 4.0 cm in length, on gray chalcedony and basalt. At the top of the specimen is a saddle shaped, lustrous, transparent, doubly terminated, crystal of heulandite, measuring 3.25 cm across. Super combo!
This is another fine example of open space in a vug allowing the formation of crystallized minerals. In this case, the vug in basalt has allowed the lustrous, translucent, colorless, EPISTILBITE to form in parallel growth crystals. This is a super example of this rare species. The Epistilbite measures 5.0 cm across.
Nestled, deeply, in a basaltic vug, covered with a druse of pearlescent, ivory colored stilbite, is a rosette of intense royal blue, lustrous, cavansite, measuring 1.5 cm across.
This vertical specimen features several lustrous, translucent, terra cotta colored stilbite crystals, to 4.5 cm in length. SUPER quality!
This is an aesthetic miniature of terra-cotta colored stilbite on basalt. The super arrangement of the translucent, lustrous, sprays, which reach 2.0 cm across, make this a fine specimen.
This terra-cotta-red colored stilbite appears to be a complete floater in the form of "cauliflower". The largest, diverging spray of the lustrous, translucent, stilbite measures 4.0 across. Very nice!
This is an outstanding spray of diverging, terra–cotta-red colored, translucent, lustrous, stilbite on a sliver of basalt along with small chalcedony spheres. The largest spray of stilbite measures 5.0 cm across. The color and form are super by any standard and this rare color makes it really a unique stilbite from India!
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