Italy, Toscana, Livorno prov., Isola d'Elba, Rio Marina area


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I have pieces coming from the mine areas in the eastern part of the island. Some of them come from my '70s findings.

Look at the map of the mines area (from Mindat.org. Photo Copyright 2003 by Paolo Malesci )

 

 

Fluorite
Cubic XX  up to 0.6 cm, on altered hematite. Fluorite specimens are unusual in the iron mines from Elba
7x8cm
Valle Giove stope, Rio Marina, Isola d'Elba, Livorno. Italy
Specimen n.188

Another photo: a bigger view
Another photo: entire piece

 

Hematite
Complex shape XX  up to 3cm
6x7cm
Bacino stope, Rio Marina, Isola d'Elba, Livorno. Italy
Specimen n.508

Another photo: a bigger view

 

Hematite
Group of XX, a main X is  2.5 cm wide, the others smaller, very bright
6x4.5cm
Bacino stope, Rio Marina, Isola d'Elba, Livorno. Italy
Specimen n.988

Another photo: a bigger and different view




Hematite
Bright and perfect X, 1.2 cm long, with quartz
4x3.7cm
Rio Marina, Isola d'Elba, Livorno. Italy
Specimen n.1414

2nd photo: entire piece
3rd photo: a different point of view

 

Hematite
Some XX , the biggest is 4x2.7cm (unfortunately it is broken), on compact hematite
15x12cm
Bacino stope, Rio Marina, Isola d'Elba, Livorno. Italy
Specimen n.190

Another photo: same piece before cleaning

 

Hematite
Detail of a piece: single X of hematite, 1.2x1.1 cm wide
7x4.5cm
Valle Giove stope, Rio Marina, Isola d'Elba, Livorno. Italy
Specimen n.1404

2nd photo: bigger view
3rd photo: entire piece




Hematite
Some XX of hematite, up to 1.8 cm, bright and with complex shape. On the piece there is some white kaolinite
8x5cm
Valle Giove stope, Rio Marina, Isola d'Elba, Livorno. Italy
Specimen n.1402

2nd photo
3rd photo
4th photo

 

Hematite
Small XX, upt ot 1,5 cm wide, partially covered by a coating of kaolinite. It is a poor specimen, but I received it when I was a child from a miner and it is a memento
15x12cm
Vigneria stope, Rio Marina, Isola d'Elba, Livorno. Italy
Specimen n.76

 

Ilvaite
Ilvaite X - 2.6 cm long - posted on a matrix of deeply altered hedembergite, with some quartz. There is another ilvaite X on the other side, immersed in the matrix. the X is corroded, as often happens for this piece from Rio Marina area old mines
10x9cm
Monte Fico, Rio Marina, Isola d'Elba, Livorno. Italy
Specimen n.309

Another photo: a bigger view

 

Pyrite
Single X, 4.5x3.5 wide, on hematite
13x7.5cm
Valle Giove, Rio Marina mine, Elba Island. Italy
Specimen n.1419

2nd photo

 

Pyrite
Group of bright XX, up to 1.2 cm wide, on lamellar hematite
7x4.2cm
Valle Giove, Rio Marina mine, Elba Island. Italy
Specimen n.1347

2nd photo

 

Pyrite
Single X 2.5 wide, on compact hematite. The X was immersed in hematite and extracted manually
6.5x5cm
Valle Giove, Rio Marina mine, Elba Island. Italy
Specimen n.305

 

Pyrite
Complex X, 1x2 cm wide, on hematite
3.5x4.5cm
Valle Giove, Rio Marina mine, Elba Island. Italy
Specimen n.195

 

Pyrite
Octahedron, on hematite
6.5x5cm
Terre Nere mine, Rio Marina, Elba Island. Italy
Specimen n.226

 

Pyrite
Complex XX, 0.6cm wide, combination of octahedeon and pyritohedron. It is posted on top on rock covered by small XX of siderite
5x4cm
Falcacci Stope, Rio Marina, Elba Island. Italy
Specimen n.898

 

Pyrite
Perfect pyritoedron manually extracted from matrix, 1 cm wide, on hematite
3.5x3.7cm
Valle Giove, Rio Marina mine, Elba Island. Italy
Specimen n.268

 

Pyrite 
Pyritohedron (pentagonal dodecahedron) XX, edge max 2.5cm, on compact pyrite. Not cleaned since it has a fracture and I want to safe it, it is one of my older findings
6x6cm
Vigneria stope, Rio Marina, Isola d'Elba, Livorno. Italy
Specimen n. 52

 

Pyrite
Big pyritoedra, edge up to 5cm, on a small portion of compact hematite
15x12cm
Valle Giove stope, Rio Marina mine, Elba Island. Italy
Specimen n.479

 

Pyrite
Group of XX, with unusual shape
2.5x2.7cm
Valle Giove, Rio Marina mine, Elba Island. Italy
Specimen n.277




Pyrite
A lot of pyritohedra has overgrown to form this piece, on compact hematite
2.5x2.7cm
Valle Giove, Rio Marina mine, Elba Island. Italy
Specimen n.1498

2nd photo
3rd photo



Pyrite
Group of pyritohedra, edge max 3 cm, on hematite
7.5x6.5cm
Valle Giove, Rio Marina mine, Elba Island. Italy
Specimen n.1645

2nd photo





Quartz
Fine piece of prase (green quartz) on altered hedembergite, from the classic locality closed to Rio Marina
12x9cm
Porticciolo, Elba Island. Italy
Specimen n.1420

2nd photo
3rd photo
4th photo


Quartz
Group of prase quartz XX, up to 3cm long, on altered hedembergite
7.2x5.4
cm
Porticciolo, Elba Island. Italy
Specimen n.1489

2nd photo

 


 

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