Stilbite and Heulandite on Quartz Var. Chalcedony
Small Cabinet, 9.1 x 6.5 x 3.0 cm
Aurangabad District, Maharashtra, India

Elegant and delicate, this is a quintessential example of the great combination pieces from the trap rocks of India. The Chalcedony beautifully coats the winding, narrow stalactites that were already there. The Chalcedony continued to grow, adding these delicate structures that range from straw-like fingers to larger stalks. It's really quite remarkable when you look at it. These winding Chalcedony stalks act as the matrix for this aesthetic specimen. Jauntily perched on the Chalcedony are lustrous, translucent, pearly crystals of salmon-colored Stilbite, some of which reach 3.4 cm and are doubly-terminated. There are also crystals of lustrous, pearly, brick red Heulandite crystals. This complex specimen is really quite spectacular in its quality and detail. Excellent aesthetics.