We do not often offer Indian Zeolite minerals as there are so many in the market and few stand out. However these can be both exceptionally esthetic and reasonable in price. This vivid orange spray of perfect Stilbites is that sort of specimen. The matrix is a jumble of Apophyllite crystals with off white porcelain luster that make a fine contrast to the orange. In perfect condition and with classic form, this is more impressive in person. Well selected Indian minerals are some of the greatest bargains in the mineral world, they offer perfection, color, esthetics and elegant forms at a low cost. This is that sort of specimen.
Cavansite on Stilbite
Wagholi Quarries, Wagholi, Pune District
4.4 x 3.9 x2.2 CM (miniature)
Late Summer 2021
Esthetic clusters of bright blue spheres of Cavansite crystals on contrasting creamy white stilbite. Cavansites from Wagholi are fairly common on the mineral market but very clean, brilliant and esthetic pieces are less common. As the quarries are shut down they have been getting much less available. Cavansite has the most vivid color of all the Traprock minerals, a bright Cavansite is a nice addition to any collection. This piece has individual balls to 1.8 CM, but most are clustered together forming a chain of spheres. The blue is in two different tones and one sphere is broken open so the radial structure is easily seen. This offers several good display angles. In fine condition with great luster, sparkle and color.
Fluorite - rare
Mahodari, Sinnar, Nasik District
6.2 x 4.4 x 2.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Early summer 2021
A small but distinct single ball of red Fluorite is nestled in a matrix of Quartz crystals. From earlier finds at Nasik, there have been a lot of ball shaped Fluorite found in recent years, but the red color is very rare, almost never seen for years. There have also been many fakes with dyes used to color the Fluorite. This is a fully natural, real example with the ball just under 1 CM across. Hard to find and when available the prices can be incredibly high. A nice example at a reasonable price, good value for any lover of Fluorite or Indian minerals.
stock #SOLD 12.1-094
5.7 x 4.9 x 1.7 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
A radiating circular spray of Amethyst crystals that forms a flower-like form. These flowers or suns, as they are also called, are well-known from Irai in Brazil but less well-known from Tamil Nadu in India. The Indian examples often have richer color and brighter luster, but are smaller than the Brazilian pieces. This is a choice Indian piece with excellent form, vivid color and luster, in excellent condition. Very close examination will reveal that many of the crystals a included with tiny needle crystals of golden and red color Rutile. These are still sometimes found in small quantities but the best were found in 2012, this piece is from that period.
6.4 x 5.2 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Deep vivid purple Amethyst in a flower form which is much more rounded or ball like than we usually see. From the amazing finds at Tamil Nadu, the Amethysts contrasts well with the matrix which includes several clusters of small Calcite crystals. The Calcite is fluorescent as well. No damage, and very three dimensional.
Sparkling clusters of very clear crystals of Quartz in aligned groups that also have very small needle inclusions of red Rutile. This is from the remarkable deposits of Amethyst at Tamil Nadu (India), that are unique in the world. A few crystals also have sharp hexagonal voids replacing the point of the termination (negative termination). Unusual and attractive, better in person and in fine condition too.
A well formed pale yellow Sapphire crystal that is almost colorless with nice form and a sharp termination. The staggered growth steps on all six sides are very clear and distinct. This crystal is translucent and partly transparent with a very light frosting on the faces. A very nice textbook example of the specie from Mysore India, which is best known for Ruby Corundum, I have only ever seen a few non-red Corundum from this locality
6.2 x 4.8 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
Sparkling pink balls of Thompsonite on a contrasting matrix- a very attractive specimen of this usually drab mineral. The outer surfaces of the balls are covered with tiny needle crystals that make the luster far more bright than most typical Thompsonite. This is from a small find about 6 years ago that was unlike any Thompsonite found before or since, and were perhaps the best specimens ever. We sold this piece some time ago it is now back and we are happy to have it. One edge of this piece has balls that show the inner structure along the side. The overall quality, color and condition is excellent and this is a super example of this more uncommon Zeolite. A colorful and attractive addition to any suite of Zeolites or Indian minerals.