These deep red vanadinite crystals from Morocco are perched on delicate bladed crystals of cream-coloured barite. The largest vanadinite is 1.0 cm across. In excellent condition, this is a first class specimen.
If you’d like to see more about the Mibladen Mining District, including photos of some of the vanadinite workings, see Morocco: The Northern Sahara and the Atlas Mountains (Part 2). (Note, the big hole depicted in the first photograph in the other half of the article – see Part 1 – is a vanadinite specimen-mining operation at Coud’a.)