Mibladen, Morocco
Cabinet, 13.0 x 6.0 x 3.1 cm
A cluster of lustrous and translucent, gear-like vanadinite crystals reaching 2.5 cm or more across is aesthetically perched on contrasting matrix. The crystals have typical dark red color but additionally have brilliant gemmy highlights in orange and yellow; and several exhibit unusual hoppered growth. As one might expect with a soft mineral there are a few spots with minor dings (2 in front but mostly on the left periphery and really not visible as displayed): however the crystal size, color and specimen size taken together make this an elegant specimen of vanadinite that is quite appealing. Even with so many found before, the overall style of many of these pieces stands out and makes this lot distinct to my eye.