3.1" Ruby Red Vanadinite Crystals on Barite - Morocco

This is a beautiful plate of sparkling, ruby-red vanadinite crystals on a white bladed barite matrix from Mibladen, Morocco. The vanadinite crystals are on the smaller side but cover most of the specimen and exhibit a gorgeous luster.

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 would be recommended to wash your hands after handling.

Barite, commonly spelled baryte, is well-known for its great range of colors and varied crystal forms and habits. It is a heavy mineral consisting of barium sulfate, and typically has the chemical formula of BaSO4. The barite group consists of baryte, celestine, anglesite and anhydrite. It's generally white to colorless and is the main source of barium.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Vanadinite & Barite
LOCATION
ACF Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Morocco
SIZE
3.1 x 1.6"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#134704