1.6" Descloizite and Vanadinite Association - Apex Mine, Mexico

This is a gorgeous association of descloizite and vanadinite crystals on matrix that was collected from the Apex mine in Chihuahua, Mexico. Descloizite has the chemical formula PbZn(VO4)(OH) and is often found as a secondary mineral in the oxidation zone of multi-metallic complex ore deposits.

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 we recommend that you wash your hands after handling.

Descloizite (Descloisite) & Vanadinite
Apex Mine, San Carlos, Manuel Benavides Mun., Chihuahua, Mexico
1.6 x .9"