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Appearance, Uses and History
Vanadinite is a mineral prized for its bright colours and finely formed crystalline structure.
The crystals are often hexagonal, which is another big draw for collectors. Vanadinite is also used as an ore of Vanadium and Lead, though, and tends to occur alongside other Lead based minerals.
Vanadinite should be kept in a light controlled area, as it may fade in direct sunlight or other bright lights.
Nice specimens of Vanadinite can be found in Argentina, Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Turkey, and the USA.
Particularly fine specimens from Greece, Morocco, and the USA are popular amongst collectors!
Photos of Vanadinite
Hazards and Warnings
Vanadinite is Lead based, and should, therefore, be considered potentially toxic. It should never be kept in an area with high humidity, or exposed directly to water. It is relatively safe to handle, please wash your hands afterwards. If cutting, grinding, etc, additional protection should be employed.
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
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