Heulandite, Stilbite on Apophyllite on Calcite
Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India
Cabinet, 9.6 x 6.6 x 4.4 cm
In the galaxy of the many wonderful Indian pieces that we have, this one certainly shines bright. The core of the piece is a stalactite of clear 2-3 cm Apophyllites, which is lovely in and of itself. To cap it off, the core of the stalactite, on which the apophs perch, is an elongated calcite twin coated with drusy quartz that shows through in some spots (the calcite is visible only at the base, the bottom) ! Perched along one side is a classic 7 cm peach-colored Stilbite bowtie, with one side-crystal attached for added drama. On top of the stalactite are two beautiful pink Heulandite fans, the largest of which is 4 cm long. And if all this wasn't enough, the Heulandites and Stilbites are covered with a druse of sparkling Apophyllite crystals, which make the crystals appear as if they were covered by the pristine snow of Vermont. An absolute killer, MUCH BETTER In PERSON, and far from the common variety.