- Fluorapophyllite (old style, 1980s)
- Cabinet, 13.8 x 5.8 x 5.2 cm
- Pashan, Pune Quarries, near Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
What an exceptional, three-dimensional cabinet-sized cluster of gemmy, mint green Apophyllites from India! Although very common today, contemporary material comes from new localities and THIS is the old classic location from long ago, as you can tell by the distinct style and color combinaiton here. Every Fluorapophyllite crystal is super lustrous with gemmy terminations and glistening internal reflections that just makes these crystals glow and sparkle. The base of the crystals are turbid but they quickly transition to gem clear and radiate their vibrant mint green color. Crystals in the main and subsidiary clusters are from 1 to 2 cm in length and range from less than, to just over, 1 cm in width. The Fluorapophyllites cascade down the front of the piece at an angle and contrast well with the underlying druse of tiny, white Stilbite crystals that completely blanket the basalt matrix underneath. Each angle from the display front of this wonderful specimen affords the admirer a first-rate, and different, view. This piece great quality and aesthetics with good composition. The very tips of most of the Fluorapophyllite crystals are intact with only several of them only slightly compromised. This is an Indian classic, cabinet sized, and extraordinarlily beautiful. It is something more rare, and to my eye more fine, than most things produced today from the continuation of mining this material to the north of Pashan.