Mesolite With Apophyllite
Poona, India
Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 7.1 x 2.8 cm
Ex. Dr. 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.