Stellerite and Quartz
Tambar Springs, Pottinger County
New South Wales,
11.3 x 9.2 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
Large crystals of this rare Zeolite (Stellerite) with intense salmon orange color are sprinkled with sparkling colorless Quartz balls. From the famed discoveries at the Tambar Springs area of the Garawalla Volcanics. The Stellerite from this zone is unlike any other known worldwide, which is usually in very small crystals or rounded balls. In excellent condition the crystals on this piece exceed 5 CM and have sharp form, bright luster and are translucent to transparent. This deep orange color is the most sought after for Stellerite, these are now only seen from older collections. A first rate rare Zeolite with fine esthetics, minimal matrix and display pop.
Stellerite balls on Albite
5.8 x 3.8 x 2.0 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
From a small new find in Vera Cruz (Mexico) this is an excellent example of esthetic orange balls perched on contrasting white Albite crystals. These specimens look a lot like those from a find in Kazakhstan 20 years ago, but on close inspection are really quite different. This is a particularly nice piece, well above average with the best bright color and in excellent condition as seen. All the balls are complete except one on the edge that has a contact on the backside (not visible on display) the contact shows the radial crystal structure very well.
Diaboukara, Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe
4.9 x 3.1 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
A relatively new find from Mali, the spherical "flower-like" aggregates have recently been confirmed as Stellerite while the bow-tie shaped crystals are Stilbites. This is a fine condition example with great form. Deep green Epidote crystals are up to 3.3 cm, overall a very attractive piece with top form.