3" Tiny Red Vanadinite Crystals on Bladed Barite - Morocco

This is a beautiful grouping of small vanadinite crystals on a barite, collected in Morocco. This specimen has a spread of many small, well defined crystals and measures 3" long.

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
3" long, 2.2" wide