Vanadinite is a secondary mineral found in the oxidized zones of Lead deposits and is a member of the Apatite group. As the name suggests, it is an important ore of Vanadium. Its striking bright red and orange color, vitreous luster and sharp crystal clusters make it a highly collectable mineral. It is associated with numerous minerals, including Barite, Calcite, Goethite, Wulfenite, Mimetite and Quartz.
The crystal form for Vanadinite is hexagonal, forming prismatic and stubby hexagonal crystals, typically as intersecting clusters of small hexagonal plates. Other forms include acicular, reniform, radiating and skeletal.
Few minerals have a singular defining location, and Vanadinite is one of them; the sheer abundance, remarkable blood-red color, and outstanding crystals and clusters from the locality of Mibladen, Morocco are unmatched. Nevertheless, other notable locations include Mexico, Namibia and the USA (Arizona).