Vanadinite on barite
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Mibladen, Morocco <br /><br />7" across <br /><br />It is a wonderful group of razor sharp, blood red, pristine vanadinite crystals up to 1" in diameter. <br /><br />Another pleasing trait of this piece is the high three dimensional relief of the crystals in relation to each other and the fact that they cover most of an almost "pyramid shaped" matrix which is covered by black, limonite coated, bladed crystals of barite. The contrast between the glassy lustered crystals of fire engine red vanadinite on earthy lustered, black, bladed barite is stark, striking and beautiful. These esthetic attributes contribute to this piece being in the upper echelon of Moroccan vanadinite specimens. <br /><br />It was mined recently. Although trickles of fine Mibladen vanadinite specimens appear on the market every few years, the small lots of specimens that do make brief appearances at shows are quickly "swallowed" by the collector market. This is especially so since this vivid red species is one of the most attractive and appreciated by collectors. Demand for it will always exceed the relatively sparse supply even if production continues at its present rate for decades.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This piece was traded from Stuart Wilensky during a visit to his home in upstate New York in March 2012.  It was then traded out to Ian Bruce on 6th December 2015.   </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia  </p>
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