3.1" Zoned Apophyllite Crystal Cluster with Stilbite - India

This specimen of zoned apophyllite was collected from Maharashtra, India. The zoning of these crystals are quite beautiful, with no damage to any of the apophyllite crystals. A small fan-like cluster of peach-colored stilbite can be found between two of the apophyllite crystals on this specimen.

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.

Stilbite is probably the most common zeolite found in these deposits. Crystals often form flowery, bowtie or hourglass shaped structures and come in a variety of colors. Some of the most beautiful colorations are the pink or peach tints. 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.
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SPECIES
Apophyllite & Stilbite
LOCATION
Maharashtra, India
SIZE
3.1" long, 1.9" wide, longest crystal 1.8" long
CATEGORY
ITEM
#44327