Babingtonite, Quartz, Prehnite
Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
Miniature, 3.9 x 3.5 x 3.0 cm
This piece features a sharp and robust crystal of babingtonite that looks like it was carved out of black onyx, it is so sharp and lustrous. The crystal is 2.4 x 2 x 1 cm in size and is perched right on the edge so you can see all sides, and both terminations. This specimen is the finest miniature for a single isolated crystal of babingtonite on matrix that I have seen from this recent startling find - which everybody I know agrees has now produced best of species. A lot of them were mined in the last 2 years and trickled out, but few have this luster or perfection, or even the crystal size on matrix.