Massachusetts State Mineral


Babingtonite crystal

Babingtonite crystal (with green prehnite) from Lane & Sons Traprock quarries, Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts; photo by Didier Descouens on Wiikipedia (use permitted with attribution / share alike).


Babingtonite was adopted as the state mineral of Massachusetts in 1981. Massachusetts has the finest quality babingtonite in America. Although Massachusetts is not rich in mineral resources, it's one of the few locations in the world where babingtonite is found. Usually jet black with a brilliant luster.



Massachusetts babingtonite ore (with green prehnite and white calcite) from Lane Traprock quarry, Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts; photo by Rhiannon Boyle on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works). 

Massachusetts babingtonite ore