VANADINITE from MOROCCO|
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This matrix specimen is highlighted by three disparate clusters of equant, doubly terminated, reddish-brown vanadinite crystals to 2.3 cm across. These large crystals are unusually well-isolated on the matrix! Gemmy highlights of yellow-orange color emanate from deep in the crystals through their side faces - characteristic of this pocket. The backsides of the crystals have a powdery beige secondary coating , but are complete. One cluster has some edge wear but this is offset by a lower price than the 5k asked if it were pristine. The sheer size, color and form of the crystals overall carries a lot of impact; and by their unusual and impressive isolation on contrasting matrix which really gives a dramatic visual effect.
Two separate vanadinite clusters exist on either side of this matrix specimen which can be displayed vertically or horizontally as you prefer to show off one or both pockets. It obviously stuck out into pocket space, and so we have here really unusual coverage. The best crystals are those nestled in a vug : super lustrous, to 1.5 cm across, with good translucence. These brick-red, colorful crystals have the gemmy yellow-orange highlights typical of the pocket, on their edges. Many have a unique cogwheel or gear-like form. The second cluster , more exposed and pointing up and out from the other side, has crystals to 2.0 cm across. They are reddish-brown, and doubly terminated although with a lustrous, beige secondary coating of vanadinite on the backside. Careful trimming could result in two disparate but fine specimens. However, we thought it very dramatic to leave "as is" and illustrating how these pockets form in nature. While there is a small bit of damage to the crystals on the sides of the pocket cluster, the core is pristine and the other cluster also is complete. Really, then, you get a lot of color and crystal quality on this piece for the price, we felt.
Lustrous brick-red crystals of vanadinite, to 2.1 cm across, with gemmy yellow-orange highlights and super luster on the side faces, combine to make up this aesthetic cluster. The crystals are fat and equant, doubly terminated, with a few exhibiting a cogwheel or gear-like form. The backside is coated by a powdery secondary generation, that is not lustrous. It has excellent sculptural quality and exhibit the color, form , and gearlike habit of the best of this pocket. A striking and unusual miniature!
Fat, equant crystals of vanadinite, to 1.6 cm across nearly cover this knoll of matrix. The crystals are glassy and translucent, brick-red with gemmy yellow-orange highlights on the edge faces, characteristic of this pocket. Some crystals are doubly terminated. The piece, despite its exposure in the pocket, so 3-dimensionally, is pristin except for the few tiniest of little dings hard to spot unless on very close examination. As with others here, many have a beige secondary coating of vanadinite on the lower faces but this does not show or detract from display. A striking specimen with the color and fat crystal habit this pocket has produced , and quite different than other recent finds here.
Discrete crystals of lustrous, translucent, tabular to equant, reddish-brown vanadinite, to 1.5 cm across are emplaced on matrix.Most of the crystals are doubly terminated, with gemmy yellow-orange highlights on the edge faces. 2 minor abrasions have taken place on a couple of crystals (as you can see from the top-down stark view shown) but this does not diminish the overall visual quality of the specimen when displayed in person at a tilted angle, and in context with the reduced price. In fact, I just snipped off the left-side damaged crystal while writing this and so only the one damaged spot, more subtle, at bottom, remains. Really quite a good , showy specimen for such starkly isolated crystals, for the price range!
Rising aesthetically on a stalk of matrix is a cluster of vanadinite crystals, to 2 cm across, exhibiting striking parallel growth. The tabular crystals have fine luster and a rich reddish-orange color with gemmy yellow orange highlights characteristic of this pocket.Several crystals are also doubly terminated although the back side is coated by a beige secondary growth of vanadinite. A beautiful flowery specimen with really good aesthetics, this makes for a standout miiature in a case
This superfine miniature cluster of intergrown vanadinite crystals, to 2.2 cm across exhibits tabular and equant forms with superb luster . Many Crystals feature the reddish core color with gemmy yellow to orange highlights that are characteristic of this pocket. Several crystals exhibit the cogwheel or gear-like form that is also so unusual, for this pocket.. Incipient hopper growth has added to the complexity of these gear-like, interlinked crystals. Very aesthetic, superb miniature that we consider one of the best of the pocket in its size class!
Almost covering the underlying matrix is a rich carpet of equant, lustrous, deep-red vandinite crystals, reaching 1.5 cm across. Most of the crystals are doubly terminated and some also show a cogwheel or gear-like form. A notable large cabinet specimen! Facing back, away fro mthe display face on the rear of the crystals, many exhibit a beige, powdery secondary coating of vanadinite which does not detract from the display face. In general these crystals are extremely robust and lustrous. There are on all the plate just a very few, small, insignificant bits of damage amidt over 50 sharp crystals. A very impressive large cabinet specimen for the price!
Rising up from a triangular-shaped natrual pedestal of matrix is a huge, statuesque, mound of intergrown, brick-reddish vanadinite crystals to 1.7 cm across. This assemblage of robust barrel-shaped crystals exhibits fairly uniform dark brick-red color and moderate if not highest lustre, although the front-facing faces are more lustrous than side faces. The back is complete nd the whole piece is wonderfully 3-dimensional, like a spreading bush of brick-red, fat vanadinite crystals. The color is darker than most others of the pocket, but still attractive. It sits up (and photographs) dramatically, as if the crystals are coming out at you. Rarely do you see so much pristine, large, crystallized vanadinites piled up in one place before! But this tree-like specimen on matrix really does impress. Joe Budd photo.
Aesthetically perched high on its contrasting matrix, is a flower-like spray of intergrown, doubly terminated, lustrous and translucent, brick-red vanadinite crystals, to 1.5 cm in length. Orange to yellow gemmy highlights are clearly evident along with the gear-shaped form characteristic for this pocket and perhaps more evident in person than in the photo. A secondary coating of beige, semi lustrous, vanadinite appears on the back side of the specimen but does not effect the front display, and the same thin coating on the underside of the major crystals serves to highligha dn accentuate their color all the more, giving sharper definition to the lower face edge boundaries. Pristine! Complete , and BETTER IN PERSON!
This huge plate of vanadinite, in crystals to 1.5 cm across, is a near floater, with crystals covering the front, back and sides of the matrix. The crystals on the display (front and sides) face are equant, doubly terminated, gear-shaped and generally look like littlle red jewels. Lustrous and translucent, they are a reddish-brick color. Gemmy highlights of orange and yellow are present along with incipient hopper growth visible in the side faces of nearly all the crystals. Although there are minor dings on a few crystals (espeically a few at bottom), none of the dings is on a major crystal and in teh context of a piece the size of a football with hundreds of pristine larger crystals, ther eis no visible detraction from the persnickety dings that did come to be. The overall quality and size is very impressive, impactful, and simply colorful in a case. I have seen few large vanadinites as impressive as this for sheer visual impact, in fact, that were not priced at several times this amount. Note that the piece is actually more impressive in a case vertically, but for a photo the optimal angle was horizontal to try to optimize the focus and depth of field. It can certainly be displayed either way, though
Formed like an art easel, the two legs of this fine specimen have smaller vanadinite crystals that grow to a crescendo at the top of the specimen with a giant complete-all-around cluster atop. The crystals are equant, gear-shaped, doubly terminated, lustrous and translucent, and reach 2.4 cm across. Orange to yellow highlights are emitted from the crystal depths when viewed with light on side faces. A second , very thing generation of opaque beige colored vanadinite is on the back side of specimen and makes a nice color contrast with the reddish color on the front and sides,accentuating it all the more. This pristine piece is complete all around, and stands with very good geometry and dimensionality that does not come through in the photo as well as I'd wish. It is, really, an outstanding example for this pocket with the obvious habit and colors that stand out to my eye.
This is a complex, doubly-terminated, single, vanadinite crystal highlighted by super luster and translucence on the thin prism faces (facing up and to sides) and semi-lustrous basal terminations (facing front). It shows unusual hopper growth, where the edges of the crystal grew faster than the center, resulting in this oddly elongated form. The crystal color is reddish-brown whit gemmy orange to yellow highlights. When viewed along the prism (side) faces, the crystal appears gear-shaped. Almost pristine, this is one of the largest crystals recovered and stands on its own as a fine miniature - though it is quite a bit better in person
On a sliver of matrix is an intergrown cluster of equant, doubly terminated, lustrous and translucent, gear-shaped, reddish-brown crystals of vanadinite including a huge crystal that is 3 cm across. The crystals exhibit gemmy, orange to yellow highlights and a few exhibit incipient hopper growth, although the large crystal displays incredible hopper growth. A secondary phase of yellowish-tan vanadinite is present on the sides and bases of many crystals which is not as lustrous but actually serves to highlight all the more the front view, which is lustrous and a classic brick-red in color. An outstanding example of Moroccan vanadinite , unusual in its sculptural form and very nearly pristine condition for such a large and exposed specimen.
This 3-dimensional cluster is a near floater that can be displayed in any direction. The intergrown crystals to1.5 cm across, are nearly equant, doubly terminated, gear-shaped, lustrous and translucent, and reddish-brown in color. gemmy highlights of orange and yellow appear to emanate from the depths of the crystals. A secondary, lustrous phase of tan on the sides and bases of some crystals as you see, but all the main frontal faces are otherwise bright and lustrous. Definitely a top-notch small cabinet specimen of vanadinite, showing the unusual gear-like and robust style of this pocket.
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