Mibladen, Morocco
Miniature, 3.7 x 3.5 x 1.45 cm
This is a complex, doubly-terminated, single, vanadinite crystal highlighted by super luster and translucence on the thin prism faces (facing up and to sides) and semi-lustrous basal terminations (facing front). It shows unusual hopper growth, where the edges of the crystal grew faster than the center, resulting in this oddly elongated form. The crystal color is reddish-brown whit gemmy orange to yellow highlights. When viewed along the prism (side) faces, the crystal appears gear-shaped. Almost pristine, this is one of the largest crystals recovered and stands on its own as a fine miniature - though it is quite a bit better in person