San Carlos MIne, San Carlos, Chihuahua, Mexico
Yes, I understand that this is not a bright red Moroccan vanadinite, but this piece IS AMAZING. Wrestled out of an old collection, this piece is from the San Carlos MIne (also called the Apex Mine) in Mexico which closed sometime before 1970. This piece is rare for multiple reasons, the first being its size. Most of the pieces from here were smaller sized to begin with and time has lost many to various fates. The second is that the crystals are amazing and formed en echelon (basically like crazy brick work- straight in parts and angling in others). The whole piece is covered with small doubly terminated vanadinites in this formation and are punctuated by perpendicular formations which show distinct hoppering of the hexagonal terminations. The third is that the colors are bright and range from light green to bright yellow and orange to reddish brown - likely indicating subtle changes in the vanadinite varietals that formed all within this piece. The last amazing thing is that this piece has survived undamaged.
9 x 6 x 6 cm
Vanadinite and Calcite