A cluster of golden stilbite fans with analcime crystals perched all over them. The stilbite fans are well-defined, and the analcime crystals have great sharpness and lustre. In excellent condition. Sits perfectly as in the first photo. This piece also looks good from an entirely different angle, supported to stand as in the second photo (these stilbite fans are at the back in the first photo). In this second view, one can see the pink gmelinite underlying the stiblite – it has a “spongey” texture (full of holes) and is crystallized gmelinite, pseudomorphed after chabazite. Displayed in either orientation this is a very fine piece.
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.