5" Ruby Red Vanadinite Crystals on Pink Barite -

This is a large, cabinet sized, specimen of ruby red, vanadinite crystals on a bed of pink, bladed barite from Mibladen, Morocco. The crystals have great color, are extremely lustrous and are free of damage. There are crystals on several sides of this specimen and this top quality specimen displays nicely in several different orientations.

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, Barite
ACF Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Morocco
Matrix 5x3.9"