A cluster of tightly-packed fans of golden stilbite crystals, with a couple of small analcime crystals at the top. This is the richest colour from the find, from a very tight part of the vein system with barely enough room to develop without basalt contacts. In very good condition, minor chipping and an incomplete fan at the right-hand periphery. There is very minor pink gmelinite in association. Stands perfectly as photographed, and glows golden-orange under warm light (halogen, incandescent). A vibrant Bay of Fundy stilbite!
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.