Mibladen, Morocco
Small Cabinet, 7.2 x 5.6 x 3.9 cm
Fat, equant crystals of vanadinite, to 1.6 cm across nearly cover this knoll of matrix. The crystals are glassy and translucent, brick-red with gemmy yellow-orange highlights on the edge faces, characteristic of this pocket. Some crystals are doubly terminated. The piece, despite its exposure in the pocket, so 3-dimensionally, is pristine except for the few tiniest of little dings hard to spot unless on very close examination. As with others here, many have a beige secondary coating of vanadinite on the lower faces but this does not show or detract from display. A striking specimen with the color and fat crystal habit this pocket has produced, and quite different than other recent finds here.