3.5" Vanadinite & Wulfenite Crystal Association - Nevada

This is a cluster of vibrant yellow-green vanadinite crystals on a red matrix, collected from the Downeyville Mine in Nye County, Nevada. There are a few small clusters of thin, yellow, flake-like wulfenite crystals sharing the matrix with the vanadinite and some encrusted in vanadinite. An interesting addition to any collection.

Wulfenite is a lead-based molybdate mineral with a chemical formula Pb(MoO4). It forms as a secondary mineral in the oxidation zones of hydrothermal lead deposits, its color ranging anywhere between yellow to bright orange and red and occasionally brown. Typically forming as tabular, stubby, or pyramidal crystals, this unique mineral can be both brilliantly transparent and opaque.

While these crystals are safe to hold, due to the fact that they are lead-based we strongly recommend washing your hands after handling.

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 & Wulfenite
Downeyville (Downieville) Mine, Gabbs Mining District, Nye County, Nevada
3.5 x 3"