Fluorapophyllite Flowers with Stilbite

 

   

                                                                                  All the specimens seen above are Fluorapophyllite on Stilbite

 

These specimens are from the second important find of what are referred to as "Apohyllite Flowers".  I know I read about the find in a report somewhere recently but recall not where.  I believe the find occurred some time in 2015.

The first of these unusually aggregated specimens came out of a find hit during a rural well dig, in Rahuri some years ago (2001-2002) and are now seldom seen on the market. They possess a very distinct and known style amidst all others to come from India over the years. These specimens caused a huge stir at Munich, St. Marie and Tucson around 2001, and were arguably the most important fluorapophyllite find in India during the last 30 years since the mint sprays of the late 1980s.  The crystal sprays of 2001-2002 were on beds of peach colored stilbite.

These specimens are similar in form, incredibly bright, gemmy, rectangular, prismatic crystals, with flat terminations that sometimes show beveled modifications, and grow outward in radiating sprays often in two directions from the center.  These are intergrown with stilbites.  The stilbite is different in color, in double terminated crystals, and more delicate in form.  The specimens are also, more often than not, floaters!  You’d be hard pressed to find better miniatures of fluorapophyllite.  These are exceptional fluorapophyllite specimens that would never be described by any connoisseur of fine minerals as being average!

 

 

OKN-202

OKN-202      Fluorapophyllite with Stilbite    Nashik District, Maharashtra, India.  6.1 x 5 x 3.5 cm.  Minor base and back contact.  No damage.  $375

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-203

OKN-203      Fluorapophyllite with Stilbite    Nashik District, Maharashtra, India.  5.8 x 4 x 3.7 cm.  Floater, almost all apophyllite.  One chipped stilbite on base.  $350

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-204

OKN-204       Fluorapophyllite with Stilbite    Nashik District, Maharashtra, India.  7.1 x 5.4 x 3.6 cm.  Floater with apophyllite standing up very high off base of stilbite.  No damage.  $380

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-205

OKN-205      Fluorapophyllite with Stilbite    Nashik District, Maharashtra, India.  6.1 x 6 x 5 cm.  Floater with a large and a smaller flower.  No damage.  $380

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-206

OKN-206      Fluorapophyllite with Stilbite    Nashik District, Maharashtra, India.  6.9 x 4.2 x 4.2 cm.  Floater.  No damage.  $295

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-207

OKN-207      Fluorapophyllite with Stilbite    Nashik District, Maharashtra, India.  7 x 6.4 x 5.8 cm.  One tiny possible contact on edge.  White okenite spray accessory on back corner.  No damage.  $325

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-208

OKN-207      Fluorapophyllite with Stilbite    Nashik District, Maharashtra, India.  5.2 x 4 x 3.2 cm.  Very minor base contact.  White okenite spray accessory seen in second photo.  No damage.  $275

 

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