Stilbite with Calcite ex. Ed David Collection

Shakru, Maharashtra, India
Cabinet, 12.7 x 12.5 x 10.5 cm
Start Time: 07/01/2009 6:15:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 07/14/2009 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

This is a hefty-grapefruit-sized rosette of salmon-pink crystals of stilbite from the classic Deccan trap locality in India. It is really much more 3-dimensional and larger than usual, taking it a notch above the common stuff out there on the market. Ed was pretty picky - he liked his Indian minerals to have a significance beyond the common, and for its size, this qualifies. However, it also has a nice accent of little yellow calcite crystals and, something more rare - attached matrix in back. Most of these pop off or form as floaters on apophyllite, while this has real matrix behind it (forming a nice display base). So although stilbite per se is common, this is an exceptional specimen. Ex Ed David collection

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