Miniature, 5.0 x 3.7 x 3.0 cm
Kerch peninsula (Kertch peninsula), Crimea peninsula, Crimea Oblast', Ukraine
Originating in the cast of a mollusk, is this lovely, translucent, green spherical cluster of the rare phosphate anapaite. It is extremely uncommon and found at its best in the fossil shells from this deposit, now mined through and gone. The calcium and phosphate needed to form this species are both derived from the original shell material. This area on the Crimean Peninsula is well known for these unusual specimens but again, the zone is through and pieces of this quality are becoming hard to obtain. The main cluster here is about 1.3 cm, making it of respectable size 5 x 3.7 x 3 cm