Apophyllite on Mesolite (New Find!)
Poona, near Bombay, India
Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 6.2 x 5.8 cm
Talk about gorgeous oddities! A core of splayed, fibrous white mesolite has been encapsulated by a later generation of unusual, light green apophyllite that completely covers the original ball of mesolite! The lustrous apophyllite must have been deposited slowly over time, giving it a frosted look from the many facets showing from each pinprick of apophyllite minutely crystallized on the surface like snow on the ground. In addition, slender hollow rods of apophyllite poke through the "icing," showing off their tetragonal symmetry. This was the best example I was shown, from a small and unique find. I have never seen such a piece in 20 years of looking at Indian minerals