Cavansite on Stilbite
Wagholi Quarry, Wagholi, Pune District, Maharashtra, India
Cabinet, 14.5 x 13.0 x 9.5 cm
Although cavansite is now an all too-common species, with specimens everywhere (even being imported to China and resold as "Chinese cavansite~!), I love the stuff. It is just so uniquely gorgeous. This is an older style, from finds of a type we have not seen since the early 2000's, showing isolated clusters on white stilbite. This piece is particularly good because of the size, rolling 3-dimensionality, and lack of damage. So, despite the "common" nature of the species now, this piece stands out from the crowd to my eye, and always has. Frankly, it looks like it was faked by gluing the balls on - but this is, luckily, not the case. Joe Budd photos