- Apophyllite and Stilbite
- Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.4 x 4.6 cm
- Pashan Quarry, Pune, Maharashtra, India
This particular style of apophyllite combination is very distinct to my eye, even amongst the large crowd of apophyllites mined in India still to this day. The subtle contrasts and the delicate stilbites balanced on such lustrous mint-green crystal sprays always have appealed to me since I saw my first examples of the pocket - a VERY distinct combination, when seen in person, and it is just different from all the other styles I have seen since. This pocket was found in the mid-1980s, and I recall seeing my first specimen of it at the Cincinnati show of around 1987 or 1988 when I was a teenager and dreaming of it until I could obtain it over time. It was a piece similar to this one and was $500 (a lot of money at the time so that tells you what they were valued at when they came out, over 30 years ago!) Although you MIGHT think such things are common, they really are not. Every apophyllite find is different somewhat, and some stand out (and some, do not). This material remains distinctive to my eye after decades, and for a reason. It is simply beautiful, and different than the masses of more common material out there.