Mibladen, Morocco
Cabinet, 13.0 x 12.5 x 8.5 cm
Rising up from the matrix is a huge, statuesque, mound of intergrown, lustrous and translucent, reddish-brown vanadinite crystals to 2 cm across. This assemblage of gear-shaped crystals exhibits occasional orange to yellow highlights and the front-facing faces are lustrous although the back or underside of many crystals has a powdery brownish-yellow coating, which, while not your classic coloration, is very interesting in its oriented effect and accent of the more lustrous faces, adding to the unique look of the specimen. The back side is coated fully and, thus, not red. I cannot say I have ever seen so much pristine, large, crystallized vanadinites piled up in one place before! But this tree-like specimen on matrix really does win for sheer quantity in one volume.