Good group of vanadinite crystals with some nice colour and beige highlights – also some beige terminations giving the impression of a frosting from one direction (above and behind the piece as photographed). The largest crystal is 1.3 cm. The front and lower (as photographed) corners of the two large crystals in the middle have muted dark beige contacts – they are small. Nice vanadinite cluster!
About these Vanadinites and the ACF Mine Workings
These are top quality miniature specimens of vanadinite crystals from the Mibladen Mining District, the source of the world's best vanadinite. They are from one of the main localities for the vanadinite specimens, known as the ACF Mine Workings – underground tunnels and workings, created by specimen miners in search of vanadinite. These workings are accessed from the original ACF Mine incline/shaft. 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 also a vanadinite specimen-mining operation.)