Ilvaite with Apophyllite Huanggang, Inner Mongolia, China
There are a lot of ilvaites available from China, but few as interesting as this one. The wonderful ball perched on the largest ilvaite is a spherical aggregate of apophyllite crystals. In fact, the glittery apophyllite decorate the sides and especially the terminations of both crystals. I have seen a few ilvaites with minor apophyllite from this locality, but I have never seen one like this. A wonderful miniature, without damage, measuring 4 x 4 x 2.5 cm.