Vanadinite on Barite with Hollandite (D. Trinchillo Sr. Coll.)

El Kwal, Mibladen, Midelt, Morocco
Cabinet, 14.3 x 9.6 x 7.9 cm
Start Time: 11/14/2009 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/24/2009 7:15:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

Beautifully, gemmy and lustrous, cherry-red, tabular, vanadinite prisms to 6 mm are richly sprinkled on the CABINET matrix of solid barite. The coating of black hollandite on the barite blades is a stark contrast to the red vanadinites and snow-white barite. These vannies have the color and gemminess of fine spinel crystals, but are not! This showy and excellent large piece is from the much less well-known El Kwal deposit near Mibladen. Ex Daniel Trinchillo Sr. Collection and comes with a custom-made and engraved lucite base valued at $150 as a free bonus. This piece probably dates to the 1970s or 80s.

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