Pandulena Hills, Nasik District, Maharashtra, India
Cabinet, 10.0 x 9.5 x 6.0 cm
This is one of two dozen or so important, large, powellite crystals that came out of a lucky-strike a few years ago, and simply redefined what you could want in a major powellite specimen! This is one of the handful of known larger pieces at the top quality level from the pocket, and was quickly sold to Wein in Germany when they came out. Perhaps under 10 specimens exist of this magnitude (and some are much more pricey, too, though smaller in size). This yellow-orange crystal is over 6 cm in height and 4 cm wide with a PERFECT razor-sharp pointed termination the likes of which you rarely see on powellite crystals. It is embedded in and impaled by slender, contrasting gemmy crystals of scolecite - a characteristic unique to this pocket which makes pieces instantly recognizable and also more desirable than plain old powellites on stilbite. It is complete all around save conacted on the back (but lower down, away from the termination). It only recently became available last fall when this collection was broken up (all the other major pieces from this pocket are spoken for and housed in collections, and won't be available anytime soon!), and I took the oppurtunity at Tucson to make an exchange for the specimen. 10 x 9.5 x 6 cm