Dims: 2.73x1.86x1.56" (6.94x4.73x3.95cm)
Wt: 3.27oz (92.6g)
Deccan Plateau, near Poona, Maharashtra State, India
A newly opened pocket is yielding beautiful cavansite specimens like this one. Instead of tight balls of small crystals, this specimen boasts hundreds of intergrown crystals with exceptional color and clarity. The color is an intense aqua-blue, and the crystals are transparent with a vitreous luster. The individual crystals are large enough to be examined with a loupe, and they are long and prismatic, with a diamond-shaped cross section and a roof termination slanted along its peak. The cavansite crystals rest on a bed of colorless stilbite crystals which are transparent but have a silky luster which prevents (for the most part) seeing through them.