Dims: 6.3" x 5.8" x 3.5" (16.0 x 14.7 x 8.9 cm)
Wt: 4.75 lbs. (2.1 kg)
One of the more impressive Indian zeolite specimens in our stock, this piece consists of a vug that passes completely through the basalt host rock. The vug is lined with a variety of silicate mineral crystals, including tiny, transparent quartzes, "wheat-sheaf" aggregates of stilbite, what appears to be an almost cubic calcite, and even hundreds of tiny laumontites. Amidst all of this confusion is a radiating cluster of thick, needle-like Mesolite crystals. They all radiate from a single point, which is visible near the smaller opening in the vug and reach a maximum length of about 2.0" (5.1 cm), but do not exceed 3 mm in either width or depth. They have a milky-white color and a pearly-to-vitreous luster, and are translucent. There is very little damage to the cluster- the crystals that show damage are those which are exposed at the smaller opening to the hollow, but this area would be construed as the "bottom" of the specimen, and the damage is not visible when one looks into the hollow through the larger opening. It is quite entertaining to study, and will take a while to do so.