Vanadinite stone, yellow, orange, or transparent, is extremely popular among collectors, especially those from Moroccan deposits. But it can also be worn in jewellery of all types: pendants, necklaces, earrings…
First, it was discovered by Andrés Manuel del Río, a Spanish-Mexican chemist and geologist, professor at the Mexican School of Mines. In 1801, he examined minerals from the Purísima del Cardenal mine in Zimapán, Mexico, when he thought he had discovered a new chemical element. The mineral with hexagonal system is called « brown lead ». He first called it « pancromium », changed its name to « eritronium », because eritros means « red » in Greek, referring to its colour when heated. A little later, in 1807, Alexandre Brongniart, a French mineralogist, studied this mineral but found, according to him, only chromium. Brongniart, a French scientist known for his research on mineralogy, wrote in 1807 that the mineral is « a lead brown chromate; it differs from the red one not only by its colour but also by its main components ».
Humboldt sent the sample to Hippolyte-Victor Collet-Descotils, who also found only chromium. Collet-Descotils actually thought that the sample sent to him might have been contaminated during the journey. Río thought he had made a mistake, but in 1830 the Swedish professor Sefström renamed the element “vanadium”, referring to Vanadis, the Scandinavian goddess of love and beauty. Then Wöhler (a German chemist) discovered that eritronium and vanadium are not two different elements, but are the same. Wöhler proves that it is indeed a vanadate. Its name obviously derives from the element vanadium, which is present in large quantities and is recognised by the IMA (International Mineralogical Association). Its discovery by Andrés Manuel del Río is very important because it led to the discovery of a chemical element, but this also explains why the identification of vanadinite stone has been complicated. In the end, the description by Franz Ritter Von Kobel, a German mineralogist, was adopted, despite the descriptions made by other scientists.
The main vanadinite deposits are found in Algeria, Congo, France, Gabon, Italy, Mexico and Morocco. The city of Mibladen in Morocco is called the « mineralogical capital of Morocco », and contains a considerable amount of minerals, including vanadinite. It was formed in large quantities thanks to ideal geological conditions: limestone was deposited before the rise of the ocean, and the metals it contains are dissolved with the ocean water and carried to the geodes. Thus, this Mibladen crystal is highly sought after and known, and its price can rise very quickly. Products containing vanadinite stone can reach several thousand dollars, especially if they come from Mibladen, which has the ideal conditions to create excellent products at a fairly high price.
First of all, it can have different colours: yellow, brown, red or orange. There are even white or colourless ones. Its brilliance is subadamantine (similar to that of a diamond), subresinous and greasy. It is soluble in nitric acid and hydrochloric acid, and corresponds to levels 2.75 to 3 on Mohs hardness scale. The vanadinite stone is part of the apatite supergroup and the pyromorphite subgroup. In addition, it has a hexagonal crystallization system.
It originates from Zimapán, in the state of Hidalgo. The minerals associated with it are anglesite, barite, calcite, cerusite, descloizite, mimetite, mottramite, some iron oxides, pyromorphite, and wulfenite.
The stone offers numerous psychological and mental benefits. First of all, it is beneficial for stabilization, and offers the support that hesitant and unstable people need to reach their goal. They will be able to pursue their dreams and claim a better quality of life. Being a highly concrete stone, vanadinite offers relatively few spiritual virtues.
However, it helps to reach out to others, to externalize thoughts and emotions and to make choices. Vanadinite stone would be the right tool to concentrate, stabilize your mood and not let your emotions block your life. In addition, when placed on the bedside table, it helps people who have difficulty falling asleep because they think too much.
It is a highly concrete stone, and therefore has few spiritual virtues, but has interesting properties on the physical level. First of all, be careful: you must wash your hands after any contact with it because it contains lead, which is toxic. Vanadinite stone elixir should also not be swallowed. It is used to be able to reinforce the effect and properties of other lithotherapy products, but it also works very well on its own, placed on the sacrum (bone located at the end of the spine) to eliminate toxins and stabilize physical and psychological strength.
The stone is used to treat lung problems, coughs, and is also believed to improve and strengthen the libido, stimulating the desire of both men and women. Still on the level of sexuality, the crystal helps fidelity and discovery within a couple, allowing both partners to reach a certain maturity in love as well as sexual maturity and to give strength. Finally, the stone regulates the endocrine glands that release hormones, and thus helps to rebalance for example hormonal problems that can be encountered at puberty or at the menopause stage.