2.5" Lustrous Apophyllite and Scolecite Association - India

This is an excellent association of lustrous, clear apophyllite crystals and scolecite sprays from Maharashtra, India. The apophyllite crystals encrust the majority of this specimen and small sprays of scolecite can be found scattered throughout the apophyllite.

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 western 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 its pastel colors and beautiful crystal formations.

Apophyllite & Scolecite
Maharashtra, India
2.5" wide