2.6" Lustrous Red Vanadinite Crystals on Barite - Morocco

This is a beautiful grouping of deep red, vanadinite crystals from Midelt, Morocco. They exhibit excellent color saturation, and a mirror luster on a matrix of barite. Hundreds of small, high quality crystals cover a matrix that measures 2.6x2.1". The only damage is to a bundle of small crystals near the center of the specimen, likely occurring during the extraction process.

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.
Vanadinite on Barite
ACF Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Morocco
2.6" long, 2.1" wide, Largest Crystal .4"