Vanadinite, Goethite
Thumbnail, 2.2 x 2.1 x 2.1 cm
Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco

An excellent and aesthetic vanadinite thumbnail from the much less well-known and productive Taouz area of Morocco. Two vanadinite crystal habits are shown on the lustrous, vermillion-colored crystals: fans of flattened, tabular, hexagonal crystals in parallel-growth beautifully crown the piece; and two, blocky, hoppered, hexgonal crystals sit isolated, at the base. These specimens came out in the early-mid 1980s, with none since. The very complimentary botryoidal matrix is unique to Taouz vanadinites and is not found on Mibladen vanadinites. It was originally called hollandite, but has been found to be goethite. Highly representative of this limited find. Ex. Jaime Bird Collection.