Killer esthetics from a small new find. This piece is from a a single pocket of Apophyllite in flowerlike clusters with pointed terminations that are all colored a deep green from Celadonite inclusions. In perfect condition, undamaged and far more impressive in person. There have been several other finds of Apophyllite included like this but they have all been of blocky or flattened habit crystals and none have had this habit or arrangement. The pocket yielded about 40 good specimens with seven top perfect pieces of which this is one. Even though the Deccan Plateau has been excavated intensely for decades, it still sometimes produces something new and impressive. The rich green of these Apophyllites is very intense and hard to render, it is more or less a Malachite hue and very different from any other Zeolites. Very striking geometry, color and display impact.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
2.9 x 2.4 x 1.6 CM (thumbnail)
An excellent thumbnail of quite fine Apophyllite from the legendary Jeffrey Mine. World famed for the Garnet and Vesuvianites, Apophyllite is much more rare and almost never available. The crystal here is lustrous and has distinctive well formed striations and stands apart from the matrix well. An worthy addition for a Jeffrey mine suite.
A rosette like cluster of flat blocky style Apophyllite crystals to 4.5 CM diameter. Glassy and lustroust with pleasing form and in fine condition from an old collection, this is pre 1950 but likely much older. Classic style and locality, this is a choice, esthetic example.
A sculptural arrangement of elongated crystals of Apophyllite with green inclusions and some zoning due to Celedonite inclusions. In fine condition and with great form this stands out among the many average pieces from the famed Deccan traps of India. As fine minerals from many locales have become so incredibly expensive, it is still possible to build a suite of top notch Indian minerals for a relatively modest investment.
Probably the most desirable and rarest form of the mineral Apophyllite is the so called disco ball habit. Originally found some years ago while digging a well in Rahuri, these created a sensation. More recently a nearby well yielded a smaller find, all quickly sold. This specimen is from the first well, collected by the Maki family. Excellent esthetics with glass clear undamaged crystals, with two separate radiating hemispheres (over 3.5 CM) nicely perched on the crystallized matrix. A choice example.
A classic specimen from Centreville, Virginia with sharp, well defined white Apophyllite crystals contrasting with green Prehnites. This example is in excellent condition, good display quality for the size and quite affordable for one of these.
At last, something really new, pretty and quite different from the Deccan Plateau of India! A very few of these were presented in the Fall Denver show, but the dealers who had them did not agree on the exact location and the prices were often very high. It was a short lived sensation as all were sold quickly. This example is above average quality, with crystals to 2.8 CM, bi-colored both a deep apple green and a brown to purple-red. Nice contrast with the matrix and in perfect condition too. The location listed by one dealer is Shiurampur and for now I will use that information pending a verification. A nice addition for any Zeolite or Indian mineral collection!
At last, something really new, pretty and quite different from the Deccan Plateau of India! A very few of these were presented in the Fall Denver show, but the dealers who had them did not agree on the exact location and the prices were often very high. It was a short lived sensation as all were sold quickly. This is a better than average example in perfect condition at a more reasonable price. For now the best location we have is Shirurampor, that will be verified soon I expect. An esthetic, dark piece with deep color and nice luster. The crystals are a dark apple green with red-purple zones that adds a lot of nice contrast. We do not usually list many Indian Zeolites unless it is something especially great, and this stuff counts!