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Scolecite

07131

Locality

Aurangabad, Aurangabad District, Maharashtra, India

Dimensions

34 cm x 28 cm x 20 cm

Description & Provenance

The city of Jalgaon is approximately 450 km northeast of Bombay. It lies within an area of India called the Tertiary Deccan Traps and is known for producing outstanding crystals in the zeolite class of minerals. During the Cretaceous Period (approximately 68 million years ago), the area experienced a series of intense volcanic activity that spanned the course of five years. It deposited the magma from whence the plentiful basalt of the region formed. Scolecites and other zeolites crystallized when alkaline ground water trapped within the vesicles interacted with the volcanic rocks and ash.

Scolecites typically exhibit a semi-spherical shape created by hundreds of naturally adjoined acicular crystals radiating from a central point. When extracted, they are prone to break off their matrixes and become free floating specimens. Often, their relatively fragile crystals will fracture or shatter, making fully intact pieces among the most desirable to collectors.

This specimen is stunning for both its considerably large size and its perfection. Rarely are scolecites extracted with so little damage that they are able to maintain their spherical, domed periphery. This is a large example with robust crystals and a notably complete, 360° presentation. Its crystals are undamaged and radiate from their central point in a gorgeous burst, much like a firework. The varying heights of the crystals add to this effect and allow light to dance and shimmer from one crystal termination to the next, making for a breathtaking display.

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