Babingtonite on Prehnite
Cabinet, 10.8 x 7.3 x 3.8 cm
Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan, Sichuan Province, China
A combination of beautiful green prehnite and colorless quartz, to 1.2 cm in length, accent nicely with babingtonite crystals to 2.5 cm across. The crystals run in a "stream" down the plate, and the prehnite on this specimen is particularly high in quality (of both crystallization and translucency). Luster on these crystals is medium level for the locale, and the faces are all sharp and un-etched or discolored as with some babingtonite from this locality. These remarkable specimens, where even the mid-range material is better than the best of species EVER seen from anywhere else, come out of a very small, previously insignificant quarry that, according to, is simply worked by the local farmers. This is a large and showy specimen at a fair price for the size and quality.