Prehnite With Tanzanite
Merelani Mines, Arusha, Tanzania
Miniature, 4.6 x 3.0 x 1.8 cm

A strange combination piece featuring a 2-cm-long gem tanzanite impaling a giant, highly unusual, blue prehnite crystal. The prehnite is complete about 4/5 around, with only one break where it contacted attached matrix, on the back of the termination. This is a significant prehnite for the locale, and a unique crystal habit and style overall. The tanzanite is a nice accent, but the value here is in this crazy, interesting, prehnite with its unusual color and fat, tabular terminations. From a find of 2011.

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