Dims: 3.2 x 1.9 x 1.4" (8.1 x 4.8 x 3.6 cm)
Wt: 4.39 oz. (124.4 g)
Poona, Maharashtra State, India
Dozens of Apophyllite crystals rest on the stalactitic quartz base of this small hand specimen. These crystals range in length from 0.2" (5 mm) to 1.6" (4.1 cm) and are generally in good condition, as a few of the crystals are either missing terminations due to cleavage or are otherwise damaged. All have excellent tetragonal prismatic form, with well-defined edges and clean faces that possess a pearly-to-vitreous luster. All have steep 4-sided pyramidal terminations and are colorless and transparent. They are moderately clear- all contain cloudy inclusions near their bases and many have internal fractures or structural faults that run along their basal cleavage plane. They are accompanied by scores of tiny, thin stilbites that have a milky-white color and a pearly luster. The quartz base on which they rest consists of two partial stalactites that are partly intergrown. They are coated with a druse of tiny quartz crystals that takes on an almost plumose form. The piece is hot-glued onto a square acrylic base.