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Lucca prov. 

 

Boulangerite
Thin XX of boulangerite, around some XX of black sphalerite, on a matrix covered by small XX of  calcite and some quartz XX
10x6cm
Bottino mine, Stazzema, Lucca. Italy
Specimen n.1251

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Boulangerite
Another piece with boulangerite XX
12x5.5cm
Bottino mine, Stazzema, Lucca. Italy
Specimen n.1509

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Galena
Complex X of galena (combination of tabular XX and cube-octahedron),1 cm wide, within quartz and siderite
4x6cm
Bottino mine, Stazzema, Lucca. Italy
Specimen n.194

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Another photo: entire piece

 

 

Meneghinite
Some XX of meneghninite, immersed in the mineralized matrix with minor siderite and calcite
7x5cm
Bottino mine, Stazzema, Lucca. Italy
Specimen n.59

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Quartz
Black biterminated X 2.7cm long, on gypsum/anhydrite matrix. The black color is due to bitumen inclusion. It comes from a small area of Apennines, with occurrences of anydrite veins in the triassic evaporites, with black quartz, gypsum, pyrite, hematite
10x5.4cm
Camporanda, Sillano, Garfagnana, Lucca. Italy
Specimen n.311

 

Sphalerite
Bright black X, twinned, 0.4cm long. On the piece threre are some others smaller XX, as it is possible to see from the 2nd photo
4x4cm
Bottino mine, Stazzema, Lucca. Italy
Specimen n.514

Another photo: a wider view on the piece

 

Sphalerite
Small XX of sphalerite, up to 0.2cm long, with XX of ankerite-siderite. The XX are very bright
3.5x7cm
Bottino mine, Stazzema, Lucca. Italy
Specimen n.536

 

Arezzo prov. 

Copper
Mass of copper. I found it in an old collection, the label reported "copper, Tuscany": usually, large pieces cames from this ol
d famous quarry in the ophiolitic rocks, rich in copper
6.5x10cm
Conventino quarry, Anghiari (monti Rognosi), Sansepolcro. Arezzo. Italy
Specimen n.885

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Siena prov. 

 

Cinnabar
Nice rounded formation of cinnabar (2 cm wide) on limestone, from an old Italian mine
6x4cm
Siele mine, Piancastagnaio, monte Amiata. Siena. Italy
Specimen n.43

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Dawsonite
Brown carbonatic rock with many radiating XX of dawsonite
8x4cm
Solforate mine, Piancastagnaio, monte Amiata, Siena. Italy
Specimen n.135

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Gypsum
Floating X of gypsum, well done, found in a narrow place near the mine entrance
5x2cm
Le Cetine di Cotorniano mine, Siena. Italy
Specimen n.1272

 

Quartz
Water-transparent X of quartz, 0.9 con long, posted on marble
5.5x4.5cm
Cava di moli, Montagnola Senese. Siena. Italy
Specimen n.1277

Another photo: entire piece

 

 

Stibnite
Thin prismatic XX up to 2.5cm, in calcite matrix from this old antimony mine
10x11.5cm
Le Cetine di Cotorniano mine, Siena. Italy
Specimen n.755

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Aragonite
Orange to red aragonite, a sort of stalactite
13x10cm
Rapolano, Siena. Italy
Specimen n.328

Massa Carrara prov. 

 

Fluorite
Glassy cubic XX 0.4cm long, in marble cavity

6x4.5
cm
Colonnata quarry, Massa Carrara. Italy
Specimen n.665

 

 

Fluorite
Transparent X, edge 1cm, with some white adularia (K-feldspar), in a typical cavity of the marble. the X is notably transparent

7x8cm
Fantiscritti quarry, Massa Carrara. Italy
Specimen n.291

Another photo: entire piece

 

Quartz
Very transparent X standing on the marble. It is 1,7 cm long
7x4cm
La Facciata quarry, Massa Carrara. Italy
Specimen n.1363

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Quartz
Transparent X, 1.7cm long, with adularia XX (K-feldspar), on the marble
6.5x4cm
La Facciata quarry, Massa Carrara. Italy
Specimen n.737

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Rutile
Black, metallic needles of rutile, immersed in calcite on the marble matrix
6.5x4cm
Boccanaglia quarry, Pescina-Boccanaglia, Massa Carrara. Italy
Specimen n.1196

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Pisa prov. 

 

Barian Celestine
White elongated lamellar XX, up to 4cm, on a septarian formation in limestone, altered by hydrotermal action. It is a celestine variety (from this place) very rich in barium (I rely on a book that quotes this locality)
8.5x8cm
Orciatico, Lajatico, Pisa. Italy
Specimen n.472

 

Chalcedony
Mass of botryoidal chalcedony, from and old quarry
12x14cm
Poggio Castiglione, Canneto, Pisa. Italy
Specimen n.1239

 

Gypsum
Group of prismatic XX, semitransparent, up to 6 cm long. From an old halite mine
12x10cm
Pisa, Ponte Ginori, Montecatini Val di Cecina. Italy
Specimen n.150

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3rd photo: back of piece


 

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