Cluster of lustrous vanadinite crystals, with nice colour. The red tones are offset by some subtle tan highlights along the crystal edges, and a few of the crystals have tan caps facing to the left of the piece, as photographed. The largest crystal is 0.9cm. A fine specimen!
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.)