Anapaite, Baryte
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 5.4 x 3.8 cm
Kerch peninsula (Kertch peninsula), Crimea peninsula, Crimea Oblast', Ukraine

A rare and striking combination specimen from the famous deposits of the Kerch Peninsula, Crimea, Ukraine. A rare, 1.9 cm, honey-brown baryte ball is beautifully placed in a vug amidst a plethora of gemmy, translucent, tapering, sea-green anapaite crystals. Anapaite is a very rare phosphate and the calcium and phosphate needed to form this species are both derived from nearby fossilized shell material. This deposit is now mined through and gone. Very hard to obtain in good combination specimens today, such as this.