Alpine Regions, western area, Valle d'Aosta, Bellecombe


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One of the most famous localities, in the North of Italy, for rodingite dikes (veins), mainly celebrated for vesuvianite findings

 

Diopside
Transparent light green XX on matrix, up to 1.2cm; with some brilliant hessonite, within clinochlore
7x6cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.459



Grossular var hessonite
Intense red and bright XX, up to 0.6 cm, on matrix with clinochlore
6x5cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.1530

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Grossular var hessonite
Elongated XX up to 0.5cm with some diopside XX
16.5x7cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.680

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Grossular var hessonite
Small and bright XX with some clinochlore
9.5x9cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.25

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Grossular var hessonite
Intense red and bright XX, with minor clinochlore
9.5x11cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.1134

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Magnetite
Octahedron of magnetite, up to  0.4cm long, with very this XX of diopside (3rd photo)
8x7cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.1203

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Vesuvianite
Group of prismatic XX, transparent and gemmy, pale green with the typical reddish tips. The XX are long up to 0.7cm
5x7cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.691

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Vesuvianite
Single X 1.8cm tall and 0.7cm wide, dark green, opaque, with round section and plate termination. Some other smaller XX around, the smallest is transparent
4x7cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.374

 

Vesuvianite
Group of XX, up to 0,6 cm long, with complex termination
4.5x3.5cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.690

 

Vesuvianite
Group of XX, up to 1.2cm long with plate termination
7.5x5cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.688

 

Vesuvianite
Group of XX, dark and bright up to 1.cm long

4.5x4cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.1070

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Vesuvianite
Some XX of what seems to be the chrome rich variety of vesuvianite. The X in evidence, transparent, the biggest, is 0.4cm long
7x5cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.416

 

Vesuvianite
Group of XX, with a complex shape, semi-transparent (up to 0.4cm long), similar to the previous specimen
7x6cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.689

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Vesuvianite
Group of elongated XX,  dark green and opaque-transparent, up to 1cm long
9x6cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.1069

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Vesuvianite
Single X 1.2x0.6cm, with perfect square section and plate termination
4x3.5cm
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta. Italy
Specimen n.40

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