Pink Apophyllite (rare color) with Natrolite on casts after Anhydrite (ex Brian Kosnar Collection)

Millington Quarry, Bernards Township, Somerset County, New Jersey
Cabinet, 10.2 x 6.7 x 4.7 cm
Start Time: 06/16/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/23/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

The now closed Millington Quarry is over 100 years old (it opened in 1895). Starting in the late 1970's the quarry reopened and started producing a large number of some of the most interesting and beloved specimens from this incredible Trap Rock quarry. This is one of the most famous Trap Rock quarries in New Jersey. This piece features hundreds of very attractive crystals of lustrous, sharp, pale pink Apophyllite associated with small, whitish colored radiating aggregates of Natrolite which are sitting on bladed "casts" of Quartz (?) after preexisting (and now dissolved) Anhydrite with beautifully contrasting green "Chlorite". The piece is somewhat like several thin, intergrown crystallized layers, and actually is fairly gemmy when backlit, which is really rare in my experience, as most of the pieces from Millington are found on opaque basalt matrix. Pink is perhaps the most desirable color for Apophyllite, and the aesthetics and quality of this piece make it a rather desirable association specimen. Now that the mineralized zone at Millington is finished, you will not see any more of these beautiful specimens on the market anymore. A great Trap Rock display specimen from this significant New Jersey locality. If you're a collector of New Jersey minerals, or specifically pieces from Millington, do not miss out on this fantastic cabinet sized Apophyllite display specimen with a rare and desirable color for the species.

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