Saturday, January 21, 2023

Fun Facts About the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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).

In 1981,  Babingtonite was designated the official state mineral. It's a rare mineral and Massachusetts is one of the few places in the world where it is found. The finest quality of crystal is found in Massachusetts out of all 50 of the United States. 


  1. Wow. Both, Ingo and my Brother would love to see and hold it for real! Sad my Dad isn´t there to see the pic, he would´ve loved that, too.
    Very cool!!!

  2. I've never heard of babingtonite. But cool they found it in my home state. Happy Saturday. I hope we see some sun today. :)

  3. How cool is that!? I queried Google and i'am told the Tx State Mineral is Blue Topaz... but is that a mineral... ? Anyway... cool to learn of yours.. Hugs! deb

    1. Yes, Blue Topaz is a mineral and a semi-precious stone. TX got a real pretty one.

  4. Replies
    1. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing other than to be rare and cool looking.

  5. I had never heard of it. I googled to see if there was any of it anywhere close to me. There's some in North Carolina, but nowhere near as much as in MA.