Anapaite in Fossil Clam Shell
Miniature, 4.3 x 3.1 x 2.2 cm
Kerch, Crimea, Ukraine
This is a superb display-quality example of a very rare species, that is beautifully translucent and a rich lime green in color. Probably getting some of its supply of phosphate and calcium directly from the shells, this anapaite formed in gemmy, rich green, translucent, and lustrous, crystal clusters. It is of exceptional quality for the species and the locality in both size and color! Also, I have not seen a piece so richly covered in a long time. The largest crystal measures 1.0 cm across. this is a defunct locale now for collectible minerals, with the phosphate-rich pod in which these replacements was found having been mined through