ex. Dr. Edward David
A really interesting and unusual kunzite from the Ed David collection! The crystal was, clearly, once a single crystal that experienced selective etching in situ, and now looks like two crystals isolated on matrix. However, it all is really one crystal, with a natural crevasse between the halves. Rather than look broken, the effect is "really cool" and hard to describe. It is just unique in my experience, and the fact that this matrix is still attached is amazing to me. The nice white matrix is stilbite, which is unusual in itself. Joe Budd photos
A sharp crystal with exceptional lustre, and unusual multiply-terminated structure on one end. Apophyllites are common enough, sure, but this is an unusual piece amidst the crowd of them. Joe Budd photos. Ex Brent Lockhart Collection
ex. David Stoudt
Intergrown, slender, tabular, translucent, snow-white calcite crystals to 6 cm across are dramatic enough, for most people. Here we have those flat, sharp discs perched on sparkling orange spheres of stilbite, to 7 mm across that form a matrix under the calcites. The calcite fluoresces a light pinkish orange color...Very pretty! I have seen only a VERY few stilbites from this locality, said to be quite old. This one turned up in an old collection in california in 2003, and I then sold it into the Stoudt collection of Mexican minerals. Although not in the Heck collection of Mexican minerals as are most others in this update, this piece is from the Stoudt collection which I also recently acquired, and so fit well with the larger update
ex. Irv Brown
A spectacularly rich stilbite specimen for the locality! The stilbites are perched on parchment-like flaky calcite crystals.
In the galaxy of the many wonderful Indian pieces that we have, this one certainly shines bright. The core of the piece is a stalactite of clear 2-3 cm Apophyllites, which is lovely in and of itself. To cap it off, the core of the stalactite, on which the apophs perch, is an elongated calcite twin coated with drusy quartz that shows through in some spots (the calcite is visible only at the base, the bottom)! Perched along one side is a classic 7 cm peach-colored Stilbite bowtie, with one side-crystal attached for added drama. On top of the stalactite are two beautiful pink Heulandite fans, the largest of which is 4 cm long. And if all this wasn’t enough, the Heulandites and Stilbites are covered with a druse of sparkling Apophyllite crystals, which make the crystals appear as if they were covered by the pristine snow of Vermont. An absolute killer, MUCH BETTER IN PERSON, and far from the common variety.
This is really quite a superb combination piece, featuring a perfect 4 cm doubly-terminated green Apophyllite.Both tips are extraordinary and complete. The luster and the gemminess are excellent. There are also numerous light-pink Stilbite blades with gorgeous pearly luster – many are doubly-terminated themselves! These crystals primarily rest on two masses of very attractive drusy quartz, which themselves rest on the matrix. When you start looking at it closely, you realize that those "masses" of quartz are in fact flattened calcite rhombohedra, completely replaced by the quartz! This is a fabulous and aesthetic specimen.
A bed of white chalcedony acts as the matrix for this cluster of lustrous, translucent, light, salmon-pink, stilbite crystals, to 10.0 cm across for the largest "bow tie". To boot, a 5 cm colorless fluorapophyllite juts out underneath the left side of the largest stilbite. A relatively inexpensive, but superb, stilbite specimen from this classic locale
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!
Terra-cotta-red colored stilbite crystals abound on a matrix of basalt. The lustrous and translucent crystals occur in diverging sprays, the largest of which measure 3.0 cm across. One of the largest such plates of this material I have seen to date!
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
When a mineral collector desires a choice stilbite specimen, his/her quest is almost always for a matrix "bow tie". This 8.0 cm tall stilbite, is lustrous, translucent, and exhibits a pastel salmon color. Its sits on a matrix of white, drusy, chalcedony. For accent, at the base of the stilbite, is a a 4.0 cm tall, glassy white fluorapophyllite crystal. This unusually fine specimen has a lot going for it!
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