1.65" Red & Tan Vanadinite Crystal Cluster On Matrix - Morocco

This is a 1.65" wide, cluster of ruby red to tan colored vanadinite crystals on matrix from Midelt, Morocco. The individual crystals themselves are quite large for vanadinite. The tan coloration is not just on the surface, but represents and altered of the crystal extending below the surface. Quite an attractive little cluster.

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.
ACF Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Morocco
Cluster 1.65 x .9 x 1", Entire Rock 2.25 x 1.9 x 2.2"