Babingtonite on Prehnite
Cabinet, 10.1 x 8.9 x 3.8 cm
Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan, Sichuan Province, China
Perched high on a triangular-shaped matrix of attractive colorless quartz (xls to 1 cm) and prehnite, are three sharp babingtonites. They are very equant with height to 2 cm and with crystals reaching 2.5 cm in width. 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 MINDAT, is simply worked by the local farmers. This is a fine small cabinet specimen that if it were from the old Lane Quarry would have set you back easily triple the price.