This is a huge plate, of stunning, ruby-red Vanadinite crystals on a pink, bladed barite matrix from Mibladen, Morocco. The entire piece measures and impressive 9.5" wide, and the crystals are much larger than you typically see to vanadinite specimens. A real collector piece.
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.