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This is what we would call a "showpiece" specimen due to its size, fantastic formation, and quality. Large Vanadinite crystals seem to just be sprinkled around on the matrix. The largest crystals range from 10-22mm and have near perfect terminations and luster. This is a unique specimen for us to carry; we usually have much smaller clusters with smaller crystals. A great find! 

Measurements: ~5" long x 4" deep x 3-1/4" tall

Location: Mibladen Mine,  Morocco

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Vanadinite takes its name from the uncommon element that comprises it: Vanadium. It forms through the oxidization of lead-based minerals, oftentimes Galena, and only in dry conditions. Its high lead content, almost three quarters by weight, gives it a surprising density for a crystal that does appear metallic. Vanadinite is typically a brownish red color, though brighter reds and oranges are also possible. While the color of a Vanadinite specimen can be remarkable, the most striking feature is more often the shape. Vanadinite crystals form in near-perfect hexagons, yielding otherworldly patterns of repeated geometric shapes.