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    SCOLECITE ON STILBITE
    Nasik Quarry, Nasik District, Maharashtra, India
    The Zeolite minerals found in the Deccan Plateau of India are, to date, the finest and largest examples known on a world-wide basis. Nowhere else in the world are specimens found with the size and perfection of those from India. Production of these wonderful minerals hit a peak in the 1980's and has declined ever since, particularly in regard to large matrix specimens. Rarity aside, there is an inordinately large amount of labor required to remove and transport large matrix pieces, and even in India labor is not "free". Consequently, there were never very many matrix Scolecites produced when compared to other zeolite minerals. The two Scolecite "balls" that comprise the main focal points of this classic example, are composed of thousands of colorless needles up to 3 inches or so in length, radiating from a common center and forming spherical groups, the largest of which measures 6 ½ inches in diameter, while the second group is only slightly smaller at 5 inches in diameter. They are absolutely colorless and look perfectly white against the light tan Stilbite layer that forms the complementary background upon which they rest. Overall specimen size is 9 ¾ x 6 ½ x 5 inches and it is in excellent condition.


    Estimate: $40,000 - up.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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