Dims: 2.2" x 1.7" x 1.4" (5.6 x 4.3 x 3.6 cm)
Wt: 4.49 oz (127.3 g)
J.C. Holmes Claim, Patagonia, Arizona, U.S.A.
Hundereds of small, prismatic Vanadinite crystals cover the host rock of this hand specimen. Though there is some visible damage to a small portion of the crystals, the specimen is generally in excellent condition. The crystals range in size from less than 1 mm in all dimensions to 0.3 x 0.2 x 0.2" (8 x 5 x 5 mm). Their hexagonal prismatic form is slightly rounded but definite, and many of the crystals have double hexagonal pyramidal terminations. Their faces are striated but relatively clean and show a moderate adamantine luster. They have a red-orange color that is rather pale for Vanadinite, though some of the smaller crystals tend to have a bit more of a yellowish tinge. The host rock on which they rest is formless and difficult to define due to the fact that it is mostly covered with the Vanadinites and what they do not cover is coated with a thin layer of a dull black material. I would hazard a guess that it is composed of massive quartz or quartzite. It is hot-glued onto a small acrylic base.