Apophyllite with Stilbite (ex Brian Kosnar Collection)

Lonavala Quarry, Pune (Poonah), Maharashtra, India
Cabinet, 12.4 x 8.7 x 6.2 cm
Start Time: 12/10/2009 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/17/2009 6:39:46 pm (CST)
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Item Description

I know that Indian Zeolite specimens are everywhere, but you must appreciate them for what they are. They are simply some of the finest crystallized examples of their respective species extant. This piece is actually from a find from nearly 20 years ago, and came from the collection of Brian Kosnar. It features good sized, sharp, lustrous, blocky, light blue green color crystals of Apophyllite measuring up to 2.1 cm with several porcelain white Stilbite sheaves up to 2.8 cm surrounding it. The crystals sit on a basalt matrix that is covered with white Heulanidte. This piece is one of the best display specimens that I have seen from Lonavala in a long time. It's an aesthetic cabinet size piece, and will probably end up being a great bargain for somebody. One day (eventually) India will not produce any more of these Zeolites, and they will more than likely receive great recognition for being the amazing display specimens that they are.

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