Large Red Stilbite Mineral
Red stilbite is a mineral we don't know too much about although in the past we have had stilbite in our collection but it's always been combined with the mineral apophyllite.
The origins of the name stilbite come from the Greek word "stilbein" meaning to glitter or to shine or from "stilbe" meaning mirror. The name relates to the mineral's pearly or vitreous lustre. Stilbite was named in 1797 by French mineralogist, geologist and paleontologist Jean Claude de la Métherie.
Stilbite which can be translucent to transparent occurs in several different colours and we have in recent years seen some pretty impressive specimens in museums in both the UK and USA.
Relatively soft, red stilbite grades 3½ to 4 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness and its availability is classified as widespread.
Weight (grams) : 149.3
Size (cms) : 10.5 x 7.6 cm