IND22-09
Powellite on Apophyllite
Pandulena Hills, Nashik Dist., Maharashtra, India
Cabinet, 10.5 x 6.3 x 3.5 cm
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A large, amber-colored cluster of sparkling powellite, over 4cm, dominates the center of this specimen from a remarkable 2020 discovery from India. A secondary cluster on the left has slight dustings of celadonite toward the base, and the right side of this specimen is composed of beautiful, snowy-white apophyllite cubes. The matrix is also quite unusual - Indian powellites are usually embedded in calcite or scolecite, but here they are on white, blocky apophyllite crystals. We acquired the majority of this fine pocket of powellites on fluorapophyllite crystals that were mined in Pandulena Hills, just outside Nasik. The powellite crystals are different in geometry, style, and color from any we have seen before and have an extra bonus, they show a vivid yellow fluorescence under UV. While most Indian powellites are more robust perhaps, the formation of these feel much more delicate, giving them a look more like orange apophyllites than like the typical powellites we have seen from other locations like Jalgaon, in Maharashtra.