8.8" Red Vanadinite Crystals on Barite - Morocco

 
 
 
This is a beautiful grouping of vanadinite crystals on a barite coated matrix, collected from Morocco. This specimen has a spread of many small and medium sized, well defined crystals and measures 8.8" 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 it would be recommended to wash your hands after handling.
FOR SALE
$295
DETAILS
SPECIES
Vanadinite on Barite
LOCATION
ACF Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Morocco
SIZE
8.8" long, 6.7" wide
CATEGORY
ITEM
#61180