Italy, Lombardia, Bergamo prov., Dossena mine, fluorite


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In this page, created in August 2007, I publish the photos of fluorite from the old mines of Paglio Pignolino, near the village of Dossena, a ore deposit with zinc, lead and fluorite (part of the important lead-zinc mining district In Orobic Prealps). Fluorite from this place is rarely cubic, more frequent it has a complex habit and typical are the XX with cubic shape but slightly rounded faces
The pieces from this mine are often coated by a white powder that is a mixture of hydrozincite, smithsonite and hemimorphite, called calamina (this is also the old name of smithsonite).
It is worth to remember that in the Dossena mineral district there is another mine (Vaccareggio mine) but I do not have pieces from it.

In the 2nd page devoted to Dossena there are the other minerals from this mine

 

 

Fluorite
Cubic X, edge 1cm long, pale lilac and semitransparent, posted amongst calcite XX. There is another fluorite X on this piece
10x5cm
Paglio Pignolino, Dossena, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.1138

 

Fluorite
Combination of complex XX, pale purple, posted on a calcite rhombs matrix covered by white hydrozincite
7x5cm
Paglio Pignolino, Dossena, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.1115

2nd photo

 

Fluorite
A single cubic X, edge 0.7 cm, very transparent, on a matrix with hemimorphite
5.5x4cm
Paglio Pignolino, Dossena, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.1172



Fluorite
Large and complex X of fluorite: it is 3x2.5cm wide, posted within calcite XX
13x10cm
Paglio Pignolino, Dossena, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.1143

2nd photo
3rd photo

  

Fluorite
Group of purple XX, 2.1x1.8cm, on calcite XX
7x8cm
Paglio Pignolino, Dossena, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.931

2nd photo: bigger view
3rd photo: close up
4th photo

 

 

Fluorite
A single X, 2cm wide, posted within calcite XX; the color is pale purple, nearly water transparent. there are a lot of smithsonite grain
9x6cm
Paglio Pignolino, Dossena, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.1139

Another photo: bigger view

 

Fluorite
Cubic XX, edge up to 1.3cm, grouped and posted on a mixture of hemimorphite and hydrozincite
9x7cm
Paglio Pignolino, Dossena, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.1145

Another photo: a bigger view

 

Fluorite
Cubic pink X of fluorite, well transparent, on calcite
9x8cm
Paglio Pignolino, Dossena, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.1453

 

Fluorite
A 2.7x1.3cm complex X on calcite with hydrozincite
7x5cm
Paglio Pignolino, Dossena, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.176

Another photo: a bigger view

 

Fluorite
A 1cm edge, water-transparent X, on calcite
7x5cm
Paglio Pignolino, Dossena, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.1163

2nd photo

 

Fluorite
Crystalline aggregate, complex, 7.5x4cm wide, on calcite
16x12cm
Paglio Pignolino, Dossena, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.1141


 

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