Mibladen, Morocco
Cabinet, 12.0 x 6.0 x 3.0 cm
Without question, the sculptural arrangement of this arched cluster of vanadinite is mind-boggling. I love the way the smaller crystals on the axis of the arch give way to the cluster perched at the center apex. The vanadinite crystals, to 1.5 cm across are mostly equant, doubly terminated, super-lustrous and translucent. No damage to the main cluster, and just a few of the tiny accessory crystals have dings on the matrix section. They are gear-shaped, with a reddish-brown color. Gemmy highlights of orange and yellow seem to emanate from the depths of the crystals. The bases and sides of the crystals have a secondary yellowish-tan lustrous phase. A truly aesthetic and amazing mineral specimen with the highest quality of color and luster for this pocket.