Apophyllite with Prehnite
Luck Stone Quarry, Bealton, Fauquier County
4 x 3.3 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
Late Summer 2021
An older Virginia (USA) Apophyllite with crystals nearly covering a thin Prehnite matrix. This locality is not as well-known as some of the other Quarries in this region, and thin habit of Apophyllite is very unusual as well. The wide faces of the crystals are lightly frosted with druzy Apophyllites while the thinner faces are transparent, glassy and smooth.
Apophyllite, Hubeite and Quartz
Fengjiashan Mine (Daye Mine), Daye County, Huangshi Pref.
9 x 6.9 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
Windowpane type Apophyllite crystals mixed with sharp, transparent Quartz, and all dusted with tiny Hubeite crystals. A few of the smaller Quartz are Japanese twins. An attractive combination specimen in very good condition, the main Apophyllite crystals are undamaged. There is some minor chipping and damage on the outside edge where this was removed, overall in nice shape. The Hubeite, (this is the type locality), are numerous but tiny best seen with magnification. The Apophyllite is almost certainly Fluorapophyllite, it is what is known from here but as this piece has no confirming analysis we use only the group name. An attractive cabinet specimen with nice three-dimensional form. This find was made in 2006-7 and very little has come out since.
Apophyllite - pink
Guanajuato, Municipio de Guanajuato
8.7 x 6.8 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
A fine crust of Apophyllite crystals with a light pink color and glassy luster. An older piece from Guanajuato with the typical Quartz matrix having amethyst zoning. From the Stanek collection (Brno, Czech republic) we do not see many Guanajuato specimens available, most Mexican pinks are from Zacatecas or Charcas but these were found long before those later finds. In super fine condition.
A choice old Harz Mountains pink Apophyllite ex Erastus Corning (1794-1872) and Cornell University collections. Corning specimens are quite rare in themselves, he was an important politician, industrialist and the city of Corning is named for him. His interests were broad and included a small but fine mineral collection. Likely a pre 1865 specimen, very glassy with fine color and in remarkably fine condition despite the age of this piece. Fine old pink Apophyllites from St. Andreasburg are one of the most desirable 19th Century classic from western Europe. Excellent value for the size quality and provenance
A fine example of the radiating habit of flat tip green Apophyllite crystals in flowerlike form. The stalk of Stilbite is a choice contrasting matrix for the gem clear Apophyllites. in perfect, undamaged condition the Apophyllites are water clear at the tips and nearly colorless, they grade to a fine mint green lower down and the color is transmitted through the entire crystal. very good value from the second well pocket (there have been at least 4 in 12 years, each a little different). This was a unique small pocket with the fingerlike stalks of Stilbite in stalactitic form.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
2.9 x 2.4 x 1.6 CM (thumbnail)
An excellent thumbnail of quite fine Apophyllite from the legendary Jeffrey Mine. World famed for the Garnet and Vesuvianites, Apophyllite is much more rare and almost never available. The crystal here is lustrous and has distinctive well formed striations and stands apart from the matrix well. An worthy addition for a Jeffrey mine suite.
A rosette like cluster of flat blocky style Apophyllite crystals to 4.5 CM diameter. Glassy and lustroust with pleasing form and in fine condition from an old collection, this is pre 1950 but likely much older. Classic style and locality, this is a choice, esthetic example.
A sculptural arrangement of elongated crystals of Apophyllite with green inclusions and some zoning due to Celedonite inclusions. In fine condition and with great form this stands out among the many average pieces from the famed Deccan traps of India. As fine minerals from many locales have become so incredibly expensive, it is still possible to build a suite of top notch Indian minerals for a relatively modest investment.