1.3" Vanadinite Crystal Cluster - Downieville Mine, Nevada

This is a cluster of vanadinite crystals on matrix, collected from the Downieville Mine in Nye County, Nevada. This is an unusual vanadinite specimen in that the crystals display a grey-beige coloration.

Vanadinite is a mineral belonging to the apatite group of phosphates, with the chemical formula Pb5(VO4)3Cl. It is one of the main industrial ores of the metal vanadium and a minor source of lead. A dense, brittle mineral, it is usually found in the form of red hexagonal crystals.

The lead and vanadium in the vanadinite can be harmful if absorbed into the blood stream by inhalation or ingestion. The crystals won't pose a health hazard just sitting on a shelf, but it's recommended that you wash your hands after handling.

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SPECIES
Vanadinite
LOCATION
Downieville Mine, Gabbs Mining District, Nye County, Nevada
SIZE
1.3 x 1.3"
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ITEM
#213794