Zeolites and associated mineral species abound in the thick, basaltic, traprocks of India. But it is still exciting to see well formed minerals in combination from these deposits, and I buy special pieces when something is really unique such as the form and intense color of this apophyllite. In this natural basaltic vug we have a well formed, lustrous, translucent, emerald green fluorapophyllite crystal, 2.5 cm in length, surrounded by lustrous, cream colored heulandite crystals which reach 2 cm in length.
Talk about gorgeous oddities! A core of splayed, fibrous white mesolite has been encapsulated by a later generation of unusual, light green apophyllite that completely covers the original ball of mesolite! The lustrous apophyllite must have been deposited slowly over time, giving it a frosted look from the many facets showing from each pinprick of apophyllite minutely crystallized on the surface like snow on the ground. In addition, slender hollow rods of apophyllite poke through the "icing", showing off their tetragonal symmetry. This was the best example I was shown, from a small and unique find. I have never seen such a piece in 20 years of looking at Indian minerals
ex. Martin Zinn
This is a stunning example of beautiful pink apophyllite from a small find about 2 years ago, at this old classic locality from where it had been found previously only several decades ago. The color is a beautiful and consistent pastel pink hue, in person. The piece is one of the most aesthetic and pristine examples I have seen from the find, and is of good size as well. Individual crystals average 1.5-2 cm although one doubly-terminated crystal is over 3 cm
Nestled in the center of flower-like, lustrous, white stilbite crystals, to 2 cm across, is a cluster of emerald green, transparent, lustrous, prismatic, apophyllite crystals. THESE ARE LIKE GEMS! Rarely do you see apophyllite of such quality, gram for gram. The crystals are like little glass carvings! and on white stilbite, that is itself lustrous! Extremely aesthetic!
This old zeolite specimen features sharp , stark white analcime crystals with a high ceramic-like lustre, and minor yellowish bladed apophyllite in association.
A sparkling, gorgeous, large speicmen that is a typical Andreasberg matrix literally draped by sharp crystals of apophyllite. Very rare even in the heyday of this silver district, German apophyllites have always been desired among collectors for their rairity. This piece is of good size, and highly aesthetic! Rare on the market, and certainly from the 1800s
ex. Peter Bancroft
Classic combo from the early days of Indian exports! A fan-like, diverging spray, of white, partially gemmy, scolecite crystals to 5 cm in length is associated with accenting apophyllite crystals, to 1.5 cm in length, all spraying up from a sliver of basaltic matrix. Groups like this first made an appearance in the U.S, around 1979-81 and the style and character of that find remains distinct and unique to this day, and highly sought after. I have handled a few as they become recycled through collections - nearly all major colelctors of the time had a good one, and treasured them as among the most elegant of specimens available at the time. After 20 years mining more Indian minerals, they still haven't been surpassed, by any new find. This piece is sturdier than it looks and can probably be mailed, but its a big pain and i'd rather arrange somehow for hand-delivery.
We're still not sure what causes this odd yellowish color, but this is nearly a floater with just some edge damage on a back edge. Otherwise complete and amazingly equant all around! A holdover from a small find of middle of last year
This is another killer miniature of fluorapophyllite and stilbite which is shaped like a dragonfly. The white stilbite is doubly terminated and 2 cm in length. The gemmy and lustrous light green apophyllite is also doubly terminated and 4 cm in length. The shots are shown upside down from photo'd to emphasize that it could sit either way!
This is a single, tabular, FLOATER crystal of fluorapophyllite with unknown reddish inclusions.
This is a single, tabular, FLOATER crystal of fluorapophyllite with unknown reddish inclusions. Minor damage on a back edge
This is a single, tabular, FLOATER crystal of fluorapophyllite with unknown reddish inclusions. .
This is a tabular, FLOATER cluster of fluorapophyllite with unknown reddish inclusions. This specimen is comprised of two crystals that are less included,thus exhibiting a pink color.
This is a single, tabular, FLOATER crystal of fluorapophyllite with unknown reddish inclusions. This tabular crystal is partly transparent with good luster yet stillshows off its pink inclusions.
This is a single, tabular, FLOATER crystal of fluorapophyllite with unknown reddish inclusions. This much larger and thicker tabular crystal stands out from the lot.
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