Mibladen, Morocco
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 5.25 x 3.7 cm
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.