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Stilbite

Stilbite

Specimen # 100899
Mineral: Stilbite, Epidote
Location: Diamonkara, Bendougou, Kayes Region, Mali
Size: 3.1 x 2.4 x 2.3 cm
Price: $60.00 CAD

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Detailed Description

This thumbnail-sized specimen is a bit different. It features radiating groups of yellow stilbite crystals with the overall appearance of a ball, but on closer inspection, you can see real separation among the fans and groups of stilbites. The stilbite crystals are translucent with glassy-lustred terminations. At the base of the piece, epidote provides good contrast.  In excellent condition - minor nicks can be found with the aid of magnification. An attractive specimen!  

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About These Stilbites

These beautiful yellow stilbite balls from Mali made their debut at Ste. Marie 2014. Although there has only been a small trickle of fine specimens since then, the deposit at Diamonkara has once again produced a number of very fine pieces. As in 2014, moderate-to-significant damage was almost ubiquitous, and high-quality specimens like the ones in this lot are very uncommon. As a side note, although there has been a push to sell these as specimens of stellerite, none of the analytical work done to date has confirmed any stellerite identification, to my knowledge (and I am aware some analytical work has been done). 
 
As for the specimens themselves, the good Diamonkara pieces are absolutely some of the nicest and most distinctive stilbites I’ve ever seen from anywhere, with beautiful colour and form. They are perhaps not yet appreciated for what they are – these are striking, colourful display specimens of a mineral that is often pale and drab.

Detailed Description

This thumbnail-sized specimen is a bit different. It features radiating groups of yellow stilbite crystals with the overall appearance of a ball, but on closer inspection, you can see real separation among the fans and groups of stilbites. The stilbite crystals are translucent with glassy-lustred terminations. At the base of the piece, epidote provides good contrast.  In excellent condition - minor nicks can be found with the aid of magnification. An attractive specimen!  

Browse More Mali Stilbites


About These Stilbites

These beautiful yellow stilbite balls from Mali made their debut at Ste. Marie 2014. Although there has only been a small trickle of fine specimens since then, the deposit at Diamonkara has once again produced a number of very fine pieces. As in 2014, moderate-to-significant damage was almost ubiquitous, and high-quality specimens like the ones in this lot are very uncommon. As a side note, although there has been a push to sell these as specimens of stellerite, none of the analytical work done to date has confirmed any stellerite identification, to my knowledge (and I am aware some analytical work has been done). 
 
As for the specimens themselves, the good Diamonkara pieces are absolutely some of the nicest and most distinctive stilbites I’ve ever seen from anywhere, with beautiful colour and form. They are perhaps not yet appreciated for what they are – these are striking, colourful display specimens of a mineral that is often pale and drab.