5.4" Ruby Red Vanadinite Crystals on White Barite - Top Quality

This is a premium specimen of lustrous, ruby-red vanadinite crystals on a bed of white to light-pink, bladed barite from the Mibladen Mining District in Morocco. The crystals have great color, are extremely lustrous and are free of damage. There is some black coloration across many of the barite crystals which can likely be attributed to mottramite.

This top quality specimen displays nicely in several different orientations, and is accompanied by an acrylic display stand.

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's recommended that you 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.
Vanadinite & Barite
Mibladen Mining District, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
5.4 x 5"