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Vanadinite

Vanadinite

A relatively common mineral, Vanadinite is named for its vanadium content. It is found in many localities worldwide as a secondary mineral in oxidized lead-bearing deposits as the vanadium is leached from the wall-rock. Vanadinite was discovered even prior to the discovery in vanadium in Mexico at its type locality of Zimapán, Mexico. Interestingly, the type material for vanadinite was lost at sea.

Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/vanadinite.pdf

Formula
Pb5(VO4)3Cl 
Crystal System
Hexagonal 
Crystal Habit
Globular, Prismatic, Nodular 
Cleavage
None, None, None 
Luster
Adamantine 
Color
brown, brownish yellow, brown red, colorless, yellow 
Streak
brownish yellow 
Class
Hexagonal - Dipyramidal 
Fracture
Brittle - Conchoidal 
Hardness
3.5-4 
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Vanadinite from San Carlos dist., Chihuahua, Mexico

Vanadinite
            from San Carlos dist., Chihuahua, Mexico

Chocolate brown single, barrel-shaped crystals to 6mm with hopperd terminations producings hollowed ends.

Orange to greenish orange prismatic crystals from 1-5mm.

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Vanadinite from Gonzalito mine, Rio Negro Province, Argentina

Vanadinite
            from Gonzalito mine, Rio Negro Province, Argentina Tannish red to brown barrel shaped crystals to 3mm.
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Vanadinite from North Home mine, Broadwater Co., Montana, United States

Vanadinite
            from North Home mine, Broadwater Co., Montana, United States

Tight cluster of lustrous brown, curved Vanadinite crystals to 8mm. Nice piece from a not-too-common Montana locale. This specimens were very limited and we have not seen many more on the market.

From the our recently acquired collection of David Hess, a long time Western Illinois University professor.

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Vanadinite from Puzzler mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States

Vanadinite
            from Puzzler mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States Orange brown hexagonal crystals to 3mm.
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Vanadinite from Western Union mine, Mohave Co., Arizona, United States

Vanadinite
            from Western Union mine, Mohave Co., Arizona, United States

Exceptional, well crystallized specimen of Vanadinite from this locality known for it pyramidal terminations. This piece features two long crystals to over 1.3cm each with numerous smaller crystals.

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Vanadinite from Pure Potential mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States

Vanadinite
            from Pure Potential mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States

Red, hexagonal, prismatic crystals to 2mm.

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Vanadinite from Hamburg mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States

Vanadinite
            from Hamburg mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, United States Glassy, deep red hex. crystals to 1mm.
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Vanadinite from Shafter district, Presidio Co., Texas, United States

Vanadinite
            from Shafter district, Presidio Co., Texas, United States

The platy, box-work matrix is covered by micrscopic, flaming orange Desclozite and perched about are long, acicular silvery Vanadanite crystals to 1mm. Most of the Vanadinite though measures less than 0.5mm.

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Vanadinite from El Kwal, Mibladen, Khenifra Prov., Morocco

Vanadinite
            from El Kwal, Mibladen, Khenifra Prov., Morocco

Bright red, hexagonal crystals from 5 to 12mm across.

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Vanadinite from Apache mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States

Vanadinite
            from Apache mine, Gila Co., Arizona, United States

1mm red, hexagonal crystals.

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Vanadinite from Castle Dome dist., LaPaz Co., Arizona, United States

Vanadinite
            from Castle Dome dist., LaPaz Co., Arizona, United States

Well-formed, hexagonal crystals to 2mm, brown with slightly orange terminations on highly lustrous, black Descloizite.

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Vanadinite from Chalk Mountain mine, Churchill Co., Nevada, United States

Vanadinite
            from Chalk Mountain mine, Churchill Co., Nevada, United States

Dark yellow prismatic Vanadinite crystals on Descloizite.

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Vanadinite from Tiger, Pinal Co., Arizona, United States

Vanadinite
            from Tiger, Pinal Co., Arizona, United States

Older specimen which came from the stock of the late Richard Bideaux. The specimen has hundreds of yellow to orange 0.5 to 1mm Vanadinite crystals lining much larger Quartz crystals. The backside reveals some Galena in the matrix, which contains the lead, essential to the formation of Vanadinite.

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Vanadinite from Old Yuma mine, Pima Co., Arizona, United States

Vanadinite
            from Old Yuma mine, Pima Co., Arizona, United States

Lustrous reddish orange hexagonal crystals to 2mm.

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Vanadinite from Shafter district, Presidio Co., Texas, United States

Vanadinite
            from Shafter district, Presidio Co., Texas, United States

Silvery needles and curved crystals of Vanadinite var. endlichite, an arsenic bearing variety, from 1-4mm with bright orange microcrystalline Descloizite absolutely covering matrix. Neat piece from a TX locale not seen often on the market.

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Vanadinite from Downeyville Lead mine, Nye Co., Nevada, United States

Vanadinite
            from Downeyville Lead mine, Nye Co., Nevada, United States

Barrel-shaped hexagonal crystals to 2mm in clusters across matrix.

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Vanadinite from Ahumada mine, Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico

Vanadinite
            from Ahumada mine, Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico

1-2mm red prismatic crystals.

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Vanadinite from West mine, Lodi dist., Nye Co., Nevada, United States

Vanadinite
            from West mine, Lodi dist., Nye Co., Nevada, United States

Barrel-shaped brownish-red crystals to 1mm. EDS

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