Babingtonite, Orthoclase - Sold
- Lago Maggiore
- 2.0 by 2.4 by 1.3 cm – Thumbnail specimen (fits into a 3 cm cube)
Babingtonite is a mineral first described in the nineteenth century by Levy (1824), named in honor of William Babington (1756-1833), co-founder of the Geological Society of London. The mineral is typically found in black crystals, but this example shows clove brown crystals to 4 mm covering an elongate orthoclase crystal. The orthoclase, interestingly, is twinned accroding to the "Baveno twin law" which was first noted on feldspar from this area. Quite a choice thumbnail! This specimen was part of the personal collection of Ralph Merrill, proprietor of the prolific mail order business Minerals Unlimited, obtained in 1956. There are an accompanying German script label (Schneider collection) and a Maucher label. Merrill's collection card and label also ship with the specimen.