APOPHYLLITE CRYSTAL CLUSTER
A beautiful Apophyllite Crystal Cluster on minor Quartz. This specimen is in top condition and displays several different crystal shapes in the one piece, also two well formed Stilbite Crystals. It is also super sparkly and with a great cluster of well terminated crystals on the top. A charming collectable piece for the collection, or as a lovely and treasured gift for some lucky person.
Nasik, Maharashtra, India.
7.1cm x 4.9cm x 2.5cm, 60g.
KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O.
Apophyllite, whose name roughly means “to leaf apart” in Greek, is a mineral classic. It was given its name because crystals tend to peel or flake apart when they are heated due to the loss of water molecules. Although not that well-known by the general public, apophyllite is quite popular among mineral collectors. It is probably the first exotic mineral that a young collector will own after filling up on specimens of calcite, quartz, pyrite, galena, mica, fluorite, gypsum, apatite, etc, etc. After these common minerals, apophyllite seems like a real rarity and it offers so much to the collector. It has beauty, pastel colours, a bright luster, interesting well formed habits, unusual associations with other exotic minerals make it a collectable mineral indeed.