Dims: 1.5 x 1.2 x 1.1" (3.8 x 3.0 x 2.8 cm)
Wt: 8.2 g
This unusual thumbnail specimen consists of at least 15 distinct Vanadinite crystals that rest on a black base material. These crystals are generally very small, as they do not exceed 0.3" (8 mm) along any of their axes, and most are much smaller than that. All but the largest crystal have good hexagonal tabular form, with well-defined edges and clean faces; the largest crystal is quite warped, though it does have an indistinct crystal shape. They possess the deep red-orange coloration that is standard for material from this locality, and their luster is bright and nearly adamantine. All are at least dimly translucent, but a few are rather heavily embedded in the black base material. This base material is very odd- I think that it is made of goethite, but it appears to have both finely fibrous and botryoidal tendencies. Its mass is extremely low, and it is incredibly soft, so much so that care is needed in handling. It rubs off easily onto skin and other surfaces.