2" Red and Green, Zoned Apophyllite Crystal Cluster - India

This is a cluster of zoned apophyllite crystals that was collected from Maharashtra, India. The apophyllite features apple green to colorless zoning with spots of red coloration from 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 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.
Maharashtra, India
2" wide