5.25" Red Vanadinite Crystal Cluster - BIG CRYSTALS!

This is a 5.2" wide plate of extra large, Vanadinite crystals from Midelt, Morocco. Many of the individual crystals measure around 1/2" in length! This years Tucson show is the first time I've seen these large crystal specimens available, in very limited numbers and at sky high asking prices, running into the thousands of dollars. This piece I was able to get at a reasonable price as part of a large package of minerals I bought.

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.
Midelt, Morocco
5.2x4.6", Largest crystal .56" wide