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Apophyllite

04175

Locality

Pashan Quarry, Pune District, Maharashtra, India

Dimensions

12.4 cm x 20.2 cm x 6.6 cm

Weight

1,703 g

Description & Provenance

Maharashtra lies within an area of India known as the Tertiary Deccan Basalt Traps. During the Cretaceous Period (approximately 68 million years ago), the area experienced a series of intense volcanic activities that spanned the course of five years. It deposited the magma from whence the plentiful basalt of the region formed. Apophyllite typically forms as a secondary mineral in areas where volcanic activity deposited basalt and as a result, India is a popular and abundant resource. Apophyllites can vary in color but are most often clear/colorless, and sometimes pale pink or green with varying degrees of intensity and transparency.

This highly aesthetic specimen is a contemporary classic, recovered in 1986. It is considerably rich in color for its variety with few, if any rivals. It has dozens of attractive, well saturated sea-foam green apophyllite crystals and its color is both well dispersed and pronounced against its contrasting matrix of snow white heulandite crystals. Besides color, this specimen also boasts pristine, undamaged, pyramidal crystals that formed in three major clusters. The crystals are sharp, well defined, and the composition of their aggregates resemble chrysanthemums, dense with petals, all set against their canvas of white. The apophyllite crystals are remarkably lustrous and add a gem-like sparkle to this beautiful specimen.

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