Vanadinite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information


Vanadinite
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A faceted vanadinite may be considered a tremendous rarity. Fewer than ten such gems may have been cut. This is unfortunate since the color is rich and beautiful. Arizona crystals tend to be very small, but the ones from Morocco reach a size of several inches.

Vanadinite Value

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Vanadinite Information

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NameVanadinite
Is a Variety ofApatite
Crystallography Hexagonal. Crystals hexagonal prisms, also tabular, filiform, skeletal.
Colors Red, orange, orange-red, brownish red, pale yellow, yellow, brownish. Rarely colorless; zoned.
Luster Resinous to subadamantine.
Fracture Conchoidal. Brittle.
Hardness 2.5-3.
Specific Gravity 6.88; range 6.5 - 7.1.
Birefringence 0.066.
Cleavage None.
Dispersion 0.202.
Stone SizesFaceted gems are extremely rare and always small (less than 1 carat). The material is not normally cut into cabochons because it is almost always in good crystals that are prized by collectors. Potential faceting material would most likely come from Arizona or Morocco.
Luminescence None.
Spectral Not diagnostic.
FormulaPb5(VO4)3Cl + P, As.
Pleochroism Very slight, shades of orange and yellow.

Streak: White to yellowish.

Optics: e = 2.350; e= 2.416.

Uniaxial (-).

Occurrence: Secondary mineral in the oxidized zone of ore deposits, especially lead deposits. Arizona (Apache Mine, Mammoth Mine, elsewhere); New Mexico; California; Utah; South Dakota; Colorado.

Chihuahua, Mexico; Algeria; Scotland; Argentina: Tunisia;

USSR; Austria; Sardinia.

Mibladen, Morocco: large red to brown crystals.

Comments: A faceted vanadinite may be considered a tremendous rarity. Fewer than ten such gems may have been cut. This is unfortunate since the color is rich and beautiful. Arizona crystals tend to be very small, but the ones from Morocco reach a size of several inches.

Name: In allusion to the composition.