A sparkling piece with analcime crystals on top of golden stilbite fans. There are so many analcime crystals that they almost completely cover the stilbites. Stilbite fans are visible looking from the side and this piece can really be displayed either propped to stand up (an analcime specimen) or lying flat with stilbite fans visible at the front – looks good that way on a higher shelf. The analcime crystals are sharp and lustrous – and they are colourless, showing some golden and pink hues from the stilbite and gmelinite underneath. In excellent condition. A very fine specimen.
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.