2.4" Red Vanadinite Crystals On Manganese Oxide - Morocco

This specimen contains lustrous red vanadinite crystals, naturally displayed on an iron-manganese oxide matrix. The iron rich matrix will form with stalactite-like protrusions, often feeling rough and sometimes brittle. In manganese oxide rich specimens, a rounded/botryoidal appearance is likely to be found.

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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Vanadinite
LOCATION
Morocco
SIZE
Entire specimen 2.4 x 1.9"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#103584