10" Apophyllite Crystal Cluster - India

This is an aggregation of clear (very faint green hue) apophyllite crystals, collected from Bombay, India. Apophyllite crystals of various sizes can been found throughout this cluster, with the longest crystal measuring 1.45" long. The base and one edge of this specimen have been cut flat, allowing for two possibilities for aesthetic presentation.

This specimen comes from the Deccan Traps (a large igneous province and one of the largest volcanic features on earth) in the Pune Province of India. In the course of quarrying for other materials or digging wells sometimes large pockets of zeolites and other minerals are unearthed in the volcanic rock.

Apophyllite while not a zeolite itself is almost always found associated with zeolites in the same pockets. It has two crystal habits, a rectangular prism capped by a steep four sided pyramid or a pseudo-cubic structure. While not a well known mineral to the general public it is popular among mineral collectors due to it's pastel colors and beautiful crystal formations.
Bombay, India
10 x 4.4"