Apophyllite Impaled on Stilbite, on Quartz Pseudomorphs After Calcite
Nasik, Maharashtra, India
Small Cabinet, 6.9 x 5.3 x 4.5 cm
This is really quite a superb combination piece, featuring a perfect 4 cm doubly-terminated green Apophyllite.Both tips are extraordinary and complete. The luster and the gemminess are excellent. There are also numerous light-pink Stilbite blades with gorgeous pearly luster, many are doubly-terminated themselves! These crystals primarily rest on two masses of very attractive drusy quartz, which themselves rest on the matrix. When you start looking at it closely, you realize that those "masses" of quartz are in fact flattened calcite rhombohedra, completely replaced by the quartz! This is a fabulous and aesthetic specimen.