Vanadinite is a lead mineral colored by vanadium. Its typical occurrences are orange, bright red,
brown, yellow-brown, yellow, greenish-brown or gray. Crystals may also be multicolored. It may have
the same structure and crystal shape as Apatite with its hair-like or barrel-shaped crystals found in the oxidized zone of lead deposits. It is a part of a series with two other minerals, pyromorphite and mimetite. The hexagonal crystals sometimes found in Vanadinite are usually prismatic, but may be skeletal or cavernous, when found in crust layers.
This mineral was initially described as a chromate by Andres Manuel del Rio, who discovered it in Mexico in 1801. In 1830, metal vanadium was discovered and Vanadinite got its name. Vanadinite's high luster and deep colors are a nice appeal to mineral collectors.
Vanadinite has been found in the oxidized zones of lead deposits in the Ural Mountains in Russia; Transvaal, Tsumb and Namibia in South Africa; Chihuahua in Mexico; and Arizona in the US.
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Item #1 VAN11211008
Vanadinite on Barite from Mibladen, Khenifra Province, Morocco
A very stunning specimen of Gemmy Candy Red Vanadinite Crystals on Snow White Barite Blades formed on a contrasting brown host rock plate. This extraordinary one of a kind piece is from Mibladen, Morocco. It displays excellent contrast with amazing luxurious colors in a nicely balanced display formation. There’s a lot of Moroccan Vanadinite around, but specimens of this quality are very hard to come by…this spectacular piece won’t last long…this is one of those “once in a lifetime” finds. (comes with 3 peg acrylic stand shown in the photos)
This specimen weighs 4.6oz or 0.28 lb (130g) and measures 3.1 x 2.4 x 1.2” (8 x 6 x 3 cm)
All photos taken dry, in natural sunlight with a Nikon CoolPix L1 camera.
Item # VAN02131971
Old Stock Vanadinite from the Apache Mine
This is an excellent old stock Vanadinite specimen from the Apache Mine in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has an elevation of 673 meters, or 2,208 feet.. This display piece is from our personal collection. We procured this specimen from an old rock shop in Deming, New Mexico in 1979. This unique display has multiple clusters of the famous Apache Mine orange-red small crystals. All photos taken dry, in natural sunlight with a Nikon CoolPix L1 camera.
This specimen weighs 5.02 oz or 0.32 lbs (142g)
and measures 2.8 x 1.6 x 1.3" (7.1 x 4.2 x 3.4cm)
Item # VAN11219941
Vanadinite from the Khenifra Province, Mibladen, Morocco
This is an excellent Vanadinite specimen of gemmy Orange-Red Vanadinite Crystals collected in the Khenifra Province, Mibladen, Morocco. This display piece is from our personal collection. We procured this specimen from a world minerals dealer. This unique display has multiple orange-red small crystals. All photos taken dry, in natural sunlight with a Nikon CoolPix L1 camera.
This specimen weighs 2.32 oz or 0.14 lbs (66g)
and measures 1.7 x 1.2 x 1.4" (4.5 x 3 x 3.6cm)