- Babingtonite and Prehnite on Quartz
- Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 4.3 x 2.8 cm
- Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia Co., Zhaotong, Yunnan, China
Babingtonite is an uncommon silicate that is highly prized among collectors. This exceptional piece is from the important find at Qiaojia, Yunnan Province, and features the classic combination of Babingtonite, Prehnite, and Quartz. The pristine Babingtonite is superb in every way. These jet-black crystals have the striated, high-luster faces that help make them so attractive, and they are nicely terminated. The largest crystal is a significant 2.4 cm across, and looks quite like a cliff of shiny obsidian. The pastel-green, botryoidal Prehnite is translucent and has a frosted surface with a bit of drusy sparkle to it. All rest on a matrix of gemmy Quartz crystals. Babingtonites from Qiaojia have proven to be among the world's best, if not THE best for the species. I know I'm not supposed to play favorites, but among these this particular specimen is one of my favorites (for size range), the aesthetics are that good. Better in person, even.