Decor Factors and Suggestions – This uncommon mineral is a bright and brilliant way to incorporate minerals into your décor. The ruby red color is the most common color, but clear, orange, brown, grey, and yellow vanadinite has been found. Vanadinite is famous for its beautiful crystals, the ones pictured below being very small prisms.
The bold red color of vanadinite makes it popular among collectors. Vanadinite’s rich red crystals would look intriguing when placed in a room with fascinating and intricate textiles or rugs, drawing out and exemplifying the rich qualities of them. The beauty contained in this mineral is unexplainable.
Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating StoryLegend and Lore – Vanadinite was discovered in Mexico in 1801 by Andres Manuel Del Rio. He called the mineral “brown lead” when he first discovered it, thinking it possibly contained a new element. In 1830, Nils Gabriel Sefstrom, discovered what he thought was also a new element, naming it vanadium. It was later found out that Del Rio and Sefstrom found the exact same mineral. In 1883, this mineral was officially named vanadinite.
The Science of Vanadinite Formation – This uncommon mineral occurs because of chemical alterations to pre-existing materials, technically referred to as a secondary mineral. Vanadinite is formed predominately by oxidation in arid climates. It is often associated with sulfide, galena, wulfenite, barite, and limonite. Vanadinite is 73 percent lead, 11 percent vanadium, 13.5 percent oxygen, and 2.5 percent chlorine. The crystals of vanadinite form in a hexagonal system of symmetry and this is often reflected in the internal hexagon shape of the crystals.Revealed by Man – Vanadinite can be found in 400 different mines across the world. Notable mines include ones in Morocco, Namibia, Argentina, and several in the United States. Vanadinite is a main industrial ore of the element vanadium, which is extracted by roasting or smelting, and is occasionally a source of lead.
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in StoneWe invite you to view our current offerings of vanadinite and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.