Babingtonite on Quartz and Prehnite
Miniature, 3.9 x 3.5 x 3.0 cm
near Meigu, Xichang County, Sichuan Province, China

I think this is a world-class miniature. This piece features a SHARP and FAT crystal of babingtonite that look slike it was carved out of black onyx, it is so sharp and lustrous. The crystal is 2.4 x 2 x 1 cm I nsize and is perched right on the edge so ou can see all sides, and both terminations! I cannot imagine better aesthetics so I'll say that 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. I think that in context, to what babingtonite from the old locales in the East Coast would cost, these are dirt cheap. And, they have better luster and form. A lot of them were mined I nthe last 2 years and trickled out, but few have this luster or perfection, or even the crystal size on matrix.