Stilbite with Apophyllite on Quartz
    Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India

    It is hard to reconcile the mental image of incandescent lava flows incinerating all before it, with the delicate and complicated crystal groups that are extracted from those same flows. What's more, different parts of these flows host different combinations of minerals. A quarry in the Jalgaon District, operated for road gravel, was the home of this group. A black Basalt matrix; the direct remains of the lava flow, hosted a cavity lined first with a pale blue agate layer, followed with colorless Quartz crystals of a druzy surface texture. Integrated with this Quartz layer are numerous glassy and colorless prisms of Apophyllite, with pastel orange groups of Stilbite: showing forms ranging from globular to "bow-tie." It should be pointed out that the "bow-tie" is double-terminated, as are several of the water-clear Apophyllites. The specimen's condition is excellent and approaching pristine. The group comes with a custom base.
    Overall Measurements: 5.4 x 3.2 x 2.7 inches (13.8 x 8.1 x 6.9 cm)

    Provenance: Ex. J. Mark Fisher Collection

    Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    4th Sunday
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