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Vanadinite from Poland

Posted by Chris DeGrave  
Chris DeGrave March 17, 2018 07:16PM
Back in 2003 I bought some micro's from a European dealer. I am skeptical about the locality data provided for them. One of the specimens of highest doubt for me is a couple of vanadinite's supposed to be from Poland. When I asked for clarification of the location I got this in response - "Huta (mine)"Olawa" is the leading producer of zinc, lead and other metal oxides in Poland. The company runs a mine and its products include raw materials for various chemical industries: paint producers, pharmaceutical, ceramics, rubber, electronics etc. Huta "Olawa" has a long history of metal oxides production going back as far as 1845" - Does anyone have any ability to confirm or not this statement?

Thank you,
Chris DeGrave
Pavel Kartashov March 17, 2018 09:57PM
Do you sure, that this is exactly vanadinite and not synthetic zincite from Poland? ;-)
Chris DeGrave March 17, 2018 11:04PM
It was labeled as Vanadinite and it definitely is - but it's too nice. If material was being produced like that from Poland, I doubt that no one would be aware of it. But, I don't know everything, so maybe...?
Krzysztof Andrzejewski March 18, 2018 12:09AM
So what is the question ? Do you want to know if Olawa is producting labolatory (etcetera) grown crystals similar to natural Vanadinite or if there is any natural occurence in Poland? First answer - I have no Idea, second - never heard about it..

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/18/2018 12:10AM by Krzysztof Andrzejewski.
Chris DeGrave March 18, 2018 01:10AM
The second - is there an Olawa Mine in Poland that may have produced Vanadinite? Doesn't sound like it from the responses so far.
Kevin Conroy March 18, 2018 01:14AM
Hi Chris!

I found mention of vanadinite in THIS ARTICLE.

It references the same publication as the only locality for vanadinite in Poland posted on Mindat:

Are you able to post a photo of your specimen? I'm curious to see what it looks like.

Pavel Kartashov March 18, 2018 02:02AM
What questions such and responses. :-) Where is photo or at least description (size, colour, shape of crystals, presence/absence of a matrix, association) of your sample? For the moment your question is similar to one from a Jewish anecdote.
Tomasz Praszkier March 18, 2018 07:58AM
So zincite from Oława can be very deep red as vanadinite, but for sure is not vanadinite. Vanadinite known from Poland is micro and very ugly, usually orangish crusts from Stanisław quarry:
Chris DeGrave March 20, 2018 09:47PM
I know they aren't very clear pictures, but these are two of the "Vanadinites" from Olawa, Poland.

Jolyon & Katya Ralph March 20, 2018 09:48PM
Hold your camera/phone further back from the specimen.

No, that's not from Poland. it's from Morocco.
Łukasz Kruszewski May 16, 2018 09:47PM
Vanadinite was discovered in the Stanisław quarry by Elek Szełęg.
Eligiusz Szełęg February 11, 2019 01:32PM
And in Grodziszcze near Bielawa in Sowie Mtns.
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