2.4" Apophyllite Crystals w/ Celadonite Inclusions -India

This is a cluster of green and red apophyllite crystals from the Deccan Traps (the world largest basalt flow) in Maharashtra, India. The green color of these crystals is a result of celadonite inclusions.

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.

Apophyllite & Celadonite
Maharashtra, India
2.4" wide