Analcime, Stilbite
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Analcime, Stilbite

Specimen # 102479
Mineral: Analcime, Stilbite
Location: Five Islands, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada
Size: 6.0 x 5.5 x 3.8 cm


Detailed Description

Sparkling analcime blanketing golden stilbite, with pink gmelinite in association. The analcime crystals are so plentiful that from one angle they cover quite a bit of the stilbite, but supported to stand almost edge-on, as in the first photo, it’s a super display piece. The analcime crystals are sharp and lustrous, translucent to transparent. The stilbite fans along the edge are well-defined and have nice colour. The gmelinite crystals are hollow epimorphs after chabazite. In excellent condition – looks great.

About the Minerals and Localities of the Bay of Fundy (click here)

About These Stilbite-Analcime Specimens from Five Islands

Occasionally over the years, good finds have been made at Five Islands. These have included natrolite, analcime and stilbite, as well as the famous gmelinite-after-chabazite from Pinnacle Island. The specimens from this stilbite-analcime find are beautiful and distinctive, combining the two minerals.

The stilbite crystal groups can vary in hue from one specimen to the next, and it should be noted that the stilbite hues also vary under different sources of lighting – they are richest under halogen lights, less so under cool LED. As with all specimens on the website, the photographs are colour-balanced to daylight.

The vein-pocket zone where these specimens were collected was located in a precarious area, beneath an unstable-looking cliff face. Fortunately it was safe enough to excavate the zone, resulting in these beautiful specimens.