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PostPosted: Oct 12, 2009 14:53    Post subject: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

I already published this thread in the Spanish Forum and considering its usefulness and with the help of the minsurfer Antonio Alcaide who kindly translated the text, I decided to publish it here too. I hope it can help visitors and mineral lovers to know better the magnificent city of Florence as well as the marvelous collection "Cristalli", which is temporarily displayed there.

Here is the thread, thanks again to Antonio Alcaide for his great job translating it.


The marvelous collection "Cristalli" and brief guide about Florence


In the first week of September this year I took my diminished holiday and, as it seems to me many others minsurfers do when the place coincides with a mineralogical event, I didn’t let this opportunity go away thanks to the tolerance of Carme –better known as ‘that of the infinite patience”-.

As a result of this, when I came back I realized there was something that could be useful in many ways. If I explained here what I did related to minerals and in addition I gave a kind of practical tourist guide of the city we visited –things that worked out well and things that didn’t- this could be useful for others minsurfers to:

a) To be interested in the mineralogical activity of that location and/or to make it fit with a holiday.
b) To be able to make the most of the useful information I could give about the place.

But as well the spice of the matter was that I forced myself to draw up a kind of travel book and as a result of making it and putting it on the FMF I would always have easy access to the memories of that trip. If this works and other minsurfers do the same, everyone will be able to use the experiences of others when travelling.

To sum up, in a first message I’m going to explain my tourist guide of Florence and its surroundings and then, in a second message, I’m going to talk about the outstanding Adalberto Giazotto’s collection temporarily housed in the “Cristalli” exhibition -> http://mostracristallifirenze.it/ from the historical Nature History Museum of the University of Florence.

I’m not sure if this idea will work of if others will sign up to write their own tourist and mineralogical guides, so at the moment I’m putting this message in the Trips and Museum visits section, but if it went well I would open a new section on FMF to accommodate this kind of reports.

Well then, this is my post about Florence, its surroundings and the excellent “Cristalli” collection. I begin with the tourist part and in the next message I will put what is related to the “ Cristalli” exhibition.


FLORENCE AND SURROUNDINGS. Brief tourist guide.


Florence is one of my legendary cities. This is due not only to its extraordinary beauty –all its old town is a world heritage site according the UNESCO- but also when I was very young I lived there for a short time as an adventure surviving thanks to the “etto” –100 grams of pizza- bought in the cheapest dives I found. This, besides letting me speak broken Italian well or so, is an unforgettable experience.

Thus, in order to refresh my memories and with the excellent company of my long-suffering Carme we began to study the major part of the journey, that is to say, the reservation of the flight and the accommodation. Internet offered us invaluable assistance for both things and we hired two plane tickets with the Italian company Meridiana -> http://www.meridiana.it/es/ at a moderate price due to have done it a month and a half before. That company also had the virtue of flying directly without stopovers from Barcelona (or Madrid) to Florence, what is basic because Italian companies have the ingrained habit of losing the baggage in the connections –as the illustrious Iberia usually does-. Once the tickets were confirmed, we went to look up a hotel we liked in the very long Florence’s hotel list. After a long search it seemed to us that Villa Carlota -> http://villacarlotta.hotelinfirenze.com/ was satisfactory. After a long haggling by phone we were proposed a price of 99 euros per night (taxes and VAT included) so we decided to book in at this hotel. The election was a relative success, I do not mean it is the perfect hotel, but it is quite centrally situated in a very quiet place (buses anytime/ 15 minutes walk to the Ponte Vecchio-Duomo). It has several good restaurants around and although it’s an old stylish villa that needs some alterations, its general condition is good.

In short, the hotel is not actually a four star one, but due to its location, its quality-price ratio and the extreme kindness of the all staff we think it is highly recommended, taking into account as well that in Florence hotels are anything but cheap and the central ones are not often very modern because of the difficulties to make improvements due to the multiple architectural constraints.

Okay, so we are in Florence. I’m not going to talk about everything one can visit in Florence that is obviously all its monumental old town, since there are thousands of websites that explain in detail the issue, but what I’m going to do is to give a series of home-grown tricks to make the stay/visit more pleasant.


1) Main trick: forgetting to move in your own car around Florence. This is crazy taking into account the characteristics of the city, but in addition it is forbidden for foreigners driving in the city centre, so we are forced to leave the car in any car park authorized for this purpose and which are not cheap at all. The best way to get around is by bus, as logically there is no subway in Florence. There are many daily bus lines –including holidays and nights- well covering most of the areas to visit.

2) Important trick: if you want to visit one of the main museums (Uffizi Gallery, Academy, Duomo) forget about going without prior reservation. To make reservation costs only 5 euros and it’s possible by internet –hotels also deal with it-. For those reasonable 5 euros we save ourselves from wasting a lot of time and from losing our patience too because the queues to get the tickets are huge.

3) Third trick. Around Florence there is a charming small village: Fiesole, which is on one of the hills overlooking the city, so it has fantastic views and the good news is that you can get there using a city bus from Florence, that leads us to Fiesole on a trip for the modest fee of a city bus and with its regular passing. In the same case we have other small villages, nice too, of which I would emphasize Settignano, Imprugnetta o Greve.

After having said these tricks, it must be added a piece of general advice: to be very careful with prices because Florence isn’t cheap at all and they have an eye for “hunting” unsuspecting foreigners and fleecing them, especially in restaurants. Among the virtues of the Hotel Villa Carlotta is that there are several high quality restaurants nearby, two of which have moderate prices. Namely: Antica Porta
-> http://www.antica-porta.it and Da Ruggero -> http://www.concierge.com/travelguide/florence/restaurants/15188

The last piece of advice is that nobody loses the visit to San Gimigniano (World heritage-UNESCO as well), a village situated about 40 km. from Florencia. There is a good description of such a marvellous place in this Spanish guide -> http://www.guiarte.com/sangimignano/ .

Tricks for San Gimigniano:

a) To go: it’s much better not to do one of the visits scheduled by the hotels since San Gimigniano has many nooks to view calmly and unhurriedly so, if we have no car, we must take a kind of intercity bus that leaves right next to the hotel Villa Carlotta towards Siena and then change in the village of Poggibonsi taking there the intercity bus to San Gimigniano. Pay attention to the change for not going to Siena –though of course that is not bad at all-. There are many intercity buses, every 20 or 25 minutes one comes.

b) To eat: the same problem as in Florence, that it’s to say, not to be fleeced. We strongly recommend Il Castello restaurant -> http://www.enotecailcastello.it/ and its balcony with panoramic views to the typical Tuscan hills, gentle, slightly rounded hills covered with peaceful olives, vineyards and cypresses. Right price, excellent treatment and quality food –and views-.

There would be more things to say but it takes serious work to write them, so I’m not going to extend further and simply I add some pics to what has been said.


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Views of a Florentine villa from a room window of the Villa Carlotta Hotel. The situation of the Hotel is privileged.
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The green lungs of Florence are the Giardino di Boboli full of sculptures
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The green lungs of Florence are the Giardino di Boboli full of sculptures
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Sight of Florence from Fiesole
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The very beautiful village of San Gimigniano
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The gentle Tuscan slopes from San Gimigniano
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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 02:38    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

THE ADALBERTO GIAZOTTO COLLECTION IN FLORENCE


In this second message I'm going to speak about the Dr. Adalberto Giazotto's extraordinary collection, which temporarily is housed in the “Cristalli” exposition -> http://mostracristallifirenze.it/ of the historical Natural History Museum of the University of Florence.

For many years Dr. Giazotto has been the point of reference for the Italian collectors. High-level nuclear physicist, he has been and is still very well connected with the Virgo Project (gravitational waves terrestrial mega-detector). During his scientific career he has published over 120 articles in international scientific journals.

Great enthusiast of minerals, Dr. Giazotto recently took a very important decision, a decision that benefits all mineral collectors greatly: to donate his collection to the Natural History Museum of the University of Florence. The donation is temporary (five years) but the wish of both Dr. Giazotto and Dr. Giovanni Pratesi, the current president of the Museum, is that the collection remains there permanently.

I take advantage of the publication of this article for asking the mineralogical world to do everything possible so that the collection continues being public as it is now. It would be really a pity that the present situation had no continuity and we lost the privilege of visiting this great collection, now placed in an incomparable framework.

Drs. Adalberto Giazotto and Giovanni Pratesi have done an outstanding job, preparing a fantastic exhibition, located in three halls with about 20 perfectly lighted showcases, all in a quite charming area of Natural Science Museum of Florence, full of History. This Museum is the oldest science museum in Europe preserving many objects and collections related to natural science, including the real Galileo Galilei’s optical tools. The synergy between the collection and the Museum is obvious and the work that has been deployed in order to display this collection in an appropriate way deserves everything possible to be done for not losing this effort.

After much ado, let’s talk about what matters, that is to say the collection and its minerals. In this message and the following ones we are going to see some photos Carme took of mineral specimens from the collection that attracted our attention for one reason or another. When I have the opportunity I will also upload some videos we made for seeing better the general appearance of the exhibition halls.

Apart from this, Dr. Giazotto has sent to us a CD with high quality pictures of most of the specimens. We will publish them here with the satisfaction of being able to offer on-line images of this extraordinary collection.

Just remind that besides the exhibition, Drs. Adalberto Giazotto and Giovanni Pratesi have published a book. " Cristalli l'ordine dal caos", describing many of the Giazotto’s collection specimens one by one in great detail and with stories related with the origin of many of them.

These columns had not been possible without the help of Antonio Alcaide who has translated the original texts in Spanish. Again, thanks Antonio.


Cristalli - Metastibnite - Pereta - Italia.jpg
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Metastibnite covering stibnite crystals
Miniera di Pereta, Scansano, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy
16 x 16 inches
Mineral sculpture of a rare species
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Cristalli - Gypsum and Sulfur - Cozzodisi Italia.jpg
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Gypsum and native sulphur
Miniera di Cozzodisi, Casteltermini, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
11 x 7,4 inches
Beauty and elegance in its purest
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Cristalli - Ajoite in Quartz - Messina - South Africa.jpg
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Quartz included with ajoite
Messina, Limpopo, South Africa
21,6 x 20,4 inches
It is considered among the best in the world. I think so
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Cristalli - Giant Beryl Morganite.jpg
 Description:
Morganite beryl
Córrego do Urucum, Galiléia, Vale Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
8,6 x 6,6 inches
Huge, magic, marvellous
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Morganite beryl
Córrego do Urucum, Galiléia, Vale Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
15 x 9,6 inches
Its colour and perfection are absolute
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Cristalli - Beryl Aquamarine - Emperor of India.jpg
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Aquamarine beryl
Paplam Patti, Tamil Nadu, India
12,4 x 5,6 inches
Huge and gorgeous beryl crystal. The colour and origin make it unique.
It will be the "ikon" of Munich Show 2009, as this edition will be devoted to India's treasures and the jewel of the crown is this specimen that they called: " the "Emperor of India" with this description:
"....The centrepiece is the "Emperor of India", the most beautiful aquamarine crystal in the world – an enormous, luminescent, turquoise precious stone, almost 10 kg in weight and 32 cm in height."
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A showcase with very high-level Italian specimens. Several exceptional sulphur and gypsum ones
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“The” fluorite from La Collada. I say “the” because every great international collection usually has its fluorite from La Collada. It’s a worldwide classic
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Main hall of the exhibition. Posing Dr. Giazotto (right), Dr. Pratesi (left) and your humble servant (center)
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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 03:24    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

Here you have the images of the best specimens of the 'Cristalli' exhibit - Dr. Giazotto collection.
The images are from Jeff Scovil and Dr. Giazotto. At the end of these posts we will publish the credits of all images.

Enjoy it!



Picture 2.jpg
 Description:
Rhodochrosite
Hotazel Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
140x100 mm
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 Description:
Celestine with Sulfur
Miniera La Grasta, Delia (Caltanissetta), Italy.
180x120 mm
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 Description:
Sulfur with Aragonite
Miniera di Cozzodisi, Casteltermini (Agrigento), Italy.
400x200 mm
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Picture 26.jpg
 Description:
Gypsum with Sulfur
Miniera di Cozzodisi, Casteltermini (Agrigento), Italy.
240x171 mm
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 Description:
Demantoid (Andradite)
Sferlùn, Val Malenco (Sondrio), Italy.
400x25 mm
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 Description:
Wulfenite
Sierra de los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico.
200x125x125 mm
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 Description:
Stibnite and Quartz
Cavnic, Maramures Co., Romania.
230x170 mm
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 Description:
Pyrite with Calcite
Miniera di Niccioleta, Massa Marittima (Grosseto), Italy.
380x380 mm
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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 05:02    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

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 Description:
Quartz
Rio Doce, Brazil.
450x300 mm
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 Description:
Quartz
Ouray district, San Miguel Co., Colorado, USA.
430x220x280 mm
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 Description:
Aragonite
Miniera di San Giovanni, Iglesias (Cagliari), Italy.
200x200 mm
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 Description:
Hematite
Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumberland, England
500x450 mm; 150 kg
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 Description:
Aquamarine (Beryl)
Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
450x350 mm
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 Description:
Topaz
Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
220x160x230 mm; 11 kg.
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 Description:
Amethyst (Quartz)
Veracruz, Mexico.
280X200 mm
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 Description:
Smithsonite
Kelly Mine, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA.
190x130 mm
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 Description:
Fluorite
Alston Moore, Cumberland, England.
130x110 mm
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 Description:
Aragonite
Miniera di Cianciana, Agrigento, Italy.
170x170 mm
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 Description:
Aragonite
Miniera di Cianciana, Agrigento, Italy.
230x200 mm
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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 05:26    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

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Picture 367.jpg
 Description:
Morganite (Beryl) with Albite and Schorl
Córrego do Urucum Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
280x230 mm
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 Description:
Kutnohorite
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese Field, South Africa.
190x110 mm
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 Description:
Stibnite and Metastibnite
Miniera di Pereta, Grosseto, Italy.
400x400 mm
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 Description:
Baryte
Monte Masu, Villamassargia (Carbonia-Iglesias), Italy.
380x280 mm
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 Description:
Fluorite and Galena
Alston Moore, Cumberland, England.
250x200 mm
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 Description:
Phosgenite and Anglesite
Touissit, Oujda-Angad Province, Morocco.
250x150 mm
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 Description:
Vanadinite with Hollandite
Taouz, Errachidia Province, Morocco.
250x200 mm
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 Description:
Sphalerite and Calcite
Refugio de Aliva, Picos De Europa, Spain.
300x200 mm
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 Description:
Calcite with Baryte
Elmwood, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA.
220x200 mm
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 Description:
Morganite (Beryl)
Córrego do Urucum Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
170x60 mm
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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 08:24    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

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Liddicoatite
Ankadilava, Sahatany Valley, Antsirabe, Antananarivo Region, Madagascar.
330x60 mm
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 Description:
Liddicoatite
Ankadilava, Sahatany Valley, Antsirabe, Antananarivo Region, Madagascar.
330x60 mm
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Vanadinite
Mibladen, Midelt, Kénifra Province, Morocco.
80x80 mm
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 Description:
Morganite (Beryl)
Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares Minas Gerais, Brazil.
270x100 mm
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 Description:
Quartz
Antambolehibe, Ambositra, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar.
300x300 mm
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 Description:
Morganite (Beryl) on Albite with Schorl
Córrego do Urucum Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
400x300 mm
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Picture 841.jpg
 Description:
Fluorite on Calcite
La Collada, Pola de Siero, Asturias, Spain.
350x300 mm
 Viewed:  47294 Time(s)

Picture 841.jpg



Picture 842.jpg
 Description:
Aquamarine (Beryl) with Muscovite
Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Pakistan.
320x180 mm
 Viewed:  47359 Time(s)

Picture 842.jpg



Picture 854.jpg
 Description:
Anhydrite
Miniera di Campiano, Massa Marittima (Grosseto), Italy.
400x240 mm
 Viewed:  47328 Time(s)

Picture 854.jpg



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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 08:50    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

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Picture 876.jpg
 Description:
Morganite (Beryl)
Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
250x250 mm; 10 kg
 Viewed:  47318 Time(s)

Picture 876.jpg



Picture 879.jpg
 Description:
Beryl
Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
300x250 mm
 Viewed:  47321 Time(s)

Picture 879.jpg



Picture 880.jpg
 Description:
Morganite (Beryl)
Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
500x400 mm; 40 kg
 Viewed:  47312 Time(s)

Picture 880.jpg



Picture 968.jpg
 Description:
Dolomite
Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia, Brazil.
250x200 mm
 Viewed:  47286 Time(s)

Picture 968.jpg



Picture 970.jpg
 Description:
Pyromorphite
Bunker Hill Properties, Kellogg, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA.
300x250 mm
 Viewed:  47314 Time(s)

Picture 970.jpg



Picture 974.jpg
 Description:
Wulfenite
Red Cloud Mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA.
150x120 mm
 Viewed:  47300 Time(s)

Picture 974.jpg



Picture 983.jpg
 Description:
Ferberite and Quartz
Kara Oba, Betpakdala Desert, Kazakhstan.
200x180 mm
 Viewed:  47297 Time(s)

Picture 983.jpg



Picture 985.jpg
 Description:
Axinite with Byssolite (Actinolite)
Puiva, Saranpaul, Polar Urals, Russia.
300x250 mm
 Viewed:  47293 Time(s)

Picture 985.jpg



Picture 988.jpg
 Description:
Scheelite with Muscovite
Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Sichuan Province, China.
350x280 mm
 Viewed:  47273 Time(s)

Picture 988.jpg



Picture 994.jpg
 Description:
Proustite
Dolores Tercera Mine, Chanarcillo, Copiapo, Chile
130x100 mm
 Viewed:  47286 Time(s)

Picture 994.jpg



Picture 1005.jpg
 Description:
Amethyst (Quartz)
Galiléia, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
200x180 mm
 Viewed:  47297 Time(s)

Picture 1005.jpg



Picture 1012.jpg
 Description:
Morganite and goshenite (beryl)
Córrego do Urucum Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
250x200 mm
 Viewed:  47308 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 09:09    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

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Picture 1013.jpg
 Description:
Emerald (Beryl)
Campo Formoso, Bahia, Brazil.
200x180 mm
 Viewed:  47367 Time(s)

Picture 1013.jpg



Picture 1022.jpg
 Description:
Morganite (Beryl)
Muiâne Mine, Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique.
350x210x90 mm
 Viewed:  47304 Time(s)

Picture 1022.jpg



Picture 1026.jpg
 Description:
Green Beryl with Muscovite
Teofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
300x200 mm
 Viewed:  47323 Time(s)

Picture 1026.jpg



Picture 1027.jpg
 Description:
Scepter Quartz
Galiléia, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
220x160 mm
 Viewed:  47280 Time(s)

Picture 1027.jpg



Picture 1032.jpg
 Description:
Morganite (Beryl) and Albite with Schorl
Corrégo do Urucum Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
250x200 mm
 Viewed:  47296 Time(s)

Picture 1032.jpg



Picture 1035 A.jpg
 Description:
Elbaite, Clevelandite (Albite), Lepidolite in Quartz
São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
480x300 mm
 Viewed:  47321 Time(s)

Picture 1035 A.jpg



Picture 1035 B.jpg
 Description:
Elbaite, Clevelandite (Albite), Lepidolite in Quartz
São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
480x300 mm
 Viewed:  47342 Time(s)

Picture 1035 B.jpg



Picture 1036.jpg
 Description:
Amethyst (Quartz)
Guerrero, Mexico.
300x160 mm
 Viewed:  47265 Time(s)

Picture 1036.jpg



Picture 1045.jpg
 Description:
Morganite (Beryl) with Albite
Bulachi, Diamar District, Northern Pakistan.
300x180 mm
 Viewed:  47312 Time(s)

Picture 1045.jpg



Picture 1046.jpg
 Description:
Kunzite (Spodumene)
Resplendor, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
300x200x80 mm
 Viewed:  47312 Time(s)

Picture 1046.jpg



Picture 1048.jpg
 Description:
Elbaite
Sapo Mine, Goiabeira, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
230x150 mm
 Viewed:  47363 Time(s)

Picture 1048.jpg



Picture 1050.jpg
 Description:
Morganite (Beryl)
Corrégo do Urucum Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
230x180 mm
 Viewed:  47286 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 09:31    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

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Picture 1051.jpg
 Description:
Verdelite, Quartz and Lepidolite on Albite
Cruzeiro Mine, Serra de Safira, Santa Maria do Suaçui, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
270x250 mm
 Viewed:  47286 Time(s)

Picture 1051.jpg



Picture 1065.jpg
 Description:
Elbaite
Cruzeiro Mine, Serra de Safira, Santa Maria do Suaçui, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
200x100 mm
 Viewed:  47823 Time(s)

Picture 1065.jpg



Picture 1066.jpg
 Description:
Elbaite
Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
280x50 mm.
 Viewed:  47334 Time(s)

Picture 1066.jpg



Picture 1068.jpg
 Description:
Beryl
Volodarsk-Volinskiy, Ukraine.
330x120 mm
 Viewed:  47319 Time(s)

Picture 1068.jpg



Picture 1075.jpg
 Description:
Elbaite and Quartz
Pedernera Mine, São José de Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
350x150 mm
 Viewed:  47313 Time(s)

Picture 1075.jpg



Picture 1076.jpg
 Description:
Indicolite (Elbaite) and Quartz
Pedernera Mine, São José de Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
200x150 mm
 Viewed:  47301 Time(s)

Picture 1076.jpg



Picture 1077.jpg
 Description:
Indicolite (Elbaite), Albite and Quartz
Pedernera Mine, São José de Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
400x150 mm
 Viewed:  47339 Time(s)

Picture 1077.jpg



Picture 1084.jpg
 Description:
Calcite with Fluorite
Elmwood, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA.
200x180 mm
 Viewed:  47228 Time(s)

Picture 1084.jpg



Picture 1085.jpg
 Description:
Quartz on Calcite
Cava Val Bona, Val Pulita (Massa Carrara) Italy.
500 x 260 mm
 Viewed:  47256 Time(s)

Picture 1085.jpg



Picture 1098.jpg
 Description:
Malachite and Azurite
Seabra, Bahia, Brazil.
300x200 mm
 Viewed:  47241 Time(s)

Picture 1098.jpg



Picture 1105.jpg
 Description:
Rhodochrosite with Quartz, Fluorite, Chalcopyrite and Tetrahedrite
Corner Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma District, Colorado, USA.
250x600 mm
 Viewed:  47252 Time(s)

Picture 1105.jpg



Picture 1108.jpg
 Description:
Stibnite covered by Stibiconite on quartz
Xikuangshan Sb Deposit, Lengshuijiang Co., Hunan, China.
450x400 mm
 Viewed:  47276 Time(s)

Picture 1108.jpg



Picture 1122.jpg
 Description:
Quartz
Kargil, India.
400x300 mm
 Viewed:  47265 Time(s)

Picture 1122.jpg



Picture 1128.jpg
 Description:
Aragonite and Sulfur
Miniera di Giumentaro (Enna), Italy.
300x200 mm
 Viewed:  47278 Time(s)

Picture 1128.jpg



Picture 1133.jpg
 Description:
Aragonite and Sulfur
Miniera di Giumentaro (Enna), Italy.
300x400 mm
 Viewed:  47258 Time(s)

Picture 1133.jpg



Picture 1161.jpg
 Description:
Sulfur with Aragonite
Miniera di Cozzodisi, Casteltermini (Agrigento), Italy.
250x180 mm
 Viewed:  47270 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 09:51    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

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Picture 1165.jpg
 Description:
Celestine with Sulfur
Miniera di Giumentaro (Enna), Italy.
180x180 mm
 Viewed:  47235 Time(s)

Picture 1165.jpg



Picture 1179.jpg
 Description:
Titanite
Capelinha, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
100x100 mm
 Viewed:  47236 Time(s)

Picture 1179.jpg



Picture 1201.jpg
 Description:
Ferberite, Fluorite and Quartz
Hengyang, Hunan, China.
300x250 mm
 Viewed:  47219 Time(s)

Picture 1201.jpg



Picture 1213.jpg
 Description:
Elbaite
Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
300x50 mm
 Viewed:  47292 Time(s)

Picture 1213.jpg



Picture 1224.jpg
 Description:
Apatite-(CaF)
Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal.
100x100 mm
 Viewed:  47320 Time(s)

Picture 1224.jpg



Picture 1232.jpg
 Description:
Brazilianite, Albite and Schorl
Galiléia, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
200x200 mm
 Viewed:  47222 Time(s)

Picture 1232.jpg



Picture 1236.jpg
 Description:
Aquamarine (Beryl) and Quartz
Ankazobe, Provincia di Antananarivo, Madagascar.
400x380 mm
 Viewed:  47292 Time(s)

Picture 1236.jpg



Picture 1238.jpg
 Description:
Aquamarine (Beryl) with Muscovite and Calcite
Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Pakistan.
640x300x300 mm
 Viewed:  47267 Time(s)

Picture 1238.jpg



Picture 1243.jpg
 Description:
Quartz with Japan law twin and Calcite
Rosario Mabel Mine, Pampa Blanca, Castrovirrenia Province, Huancavelica, Peru.
300x250 mm
 Viewed:  47246 Time(s)

Picture 1243.jpg



Picture 1244.jpg
 Description:
Montebrasite
Divino das Laranjeira, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
300x300 mm
 Viewed:  47218 Time(s)

Picture 1244.jpg



Picture 1248.jpg
 Description:
Scheelite on Muscovite
Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Sichuan Province, China.
400x200 mm
 Viewed:  47198 Time(s)

Picture 1248.jpg



Picture 1249.jpg
 Description:
Gypsum and Sulfur
Miniera di Ciavalotta (Agrigento), Italy.
250x150 mm
 Viewed:  47230 Time(s)

Picture 1249.jpg



Picture 1251.jpg
 Description:
Aquamarine (Beryl), Quartz and Orthoclase
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Nothern Pakistan.
400x350 mm
 Viewed:  47194 Time(s)

Picture 1251.jpg


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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 10:05    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

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Picture 1253.jpg
 Description:
Inesite with Hubeite
Fenjiashan Mine, Daye Co., Hubey province, China.
400x350 mm
 Viewed:  47228 Time(s)

Picture 1253.jpg



Picture 1261.jpg
 Description:
Indicolite (Elbaite), Lepidolite and Quartz on Albite and Orthoclase
Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
550x400x350 mm
 Viewed:  47259 Time(s)

Picture 1261.jpg



Picture 1262.jpg
 Description:
Cassiterite on Muscovite
Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Sichuan Province, China.
350x300 mm
 Viewed:  47211 Time(s)

Picture 1262.jpg



Picture 1273.jpg
 Description:
Aquamarine (Beryl) with Albite and Quartz
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Nothern Pakistan.
400x140 mm
 Viewed:  47291 Time(s)

Picture 1273.jpg



Picture 1275.jpg
 Description:
Vanadinite and Baryte
Mibladen, Midelt, Kénifra Province, Morocco.
400x300 mm
 Viewed:  47217 Time(s)

Picture 1275.jpg



Picture 1280.jpg
 Description:
Scheelite, Cassiterite and Muscovite
Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Sichuan Province, China.
250x200 mm
 Viewed:  47213 Time(s)

Picture 1280.jpg



Picture 1281.jpg
 Description:
Amethyst (Quartz) with Japan law twin, and Calcite
Fengjiashan Mine, Daye, Huangshi, Hubei, China.
300x300 mm
 Viewed:  47214 Time(s)

Picture 1281.jpg



Picture 1289.jpg
 Description:
Stibnite and Stibiconite
Xikuangshan Sb Deposit, Lengshuijiang Co., Hunan, China.
700x400 mm
 Viewed:  47207 Time(s)

Picture 1289.jpg



Picture 1290.jpg
 Description:
Carrollite associated with Bornite and Calcite
Kamoya South Mine, Kambove, Katanga Copper Crescent, D.R. Congo
300x200 mm
 Viewed:  47221 Time(s)

Picture 1290.jpg



Picture 1292.jpg
 Description:
Fluorite with Quartz
Planggenstock, Göscheneralp, Canton Uri, Switzerland.
200x150 mm
 Viewed:  47246 Time(s)

Picture 1292.jpg


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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 10:23    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

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Picture 1295.jpg
 Description:
Hematite pseudo Magnetite
Payún Matru Volcano, Malargüe, Mendoza, Patagonia, Argentina.
200x150 mm
 Viewed:  47240 Time(s)

Picture 1295.jpg



Picture 1301.jpg
 Description:
Azurite and Malachite
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.
250x200 mm
 Viewed:  47274 Time(s)

Picture 1301.jpg



Picture 1303.jpg
 Description:
Aquamarine (Beryl) on Albite
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Nothern Pakistan.
220x120 mm
 Viewed:  47269 Time(s)

Picture 1303.jpg



Picture 1305.jpg
 Description:
Fluorite on Muscovite
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Nothern Pakistan.
180x150 mm
 Viewed:  47229 Time(s)

Picture 1305.jpg



Picture 1311.jpg
 Description:
Aquamarine (Beryl)
Paplam Patti, Karur District, Tamil Nadu State, India.
160x320 mm; 9.8 kg
 Viewed:  47317 Time(s)

Picture 1311.jpg



Picture 1313.jpg
 Description:
Epidote
Hashupa, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Nothern Pakistan.
50x250 mm
 Viewed:  47244 Time(s)

Picture 1313.jpg



Picture 1321.jpg
 Description:
Aegirina, Albite and Zircon
Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
180 x 160 mm
 Viewed:  47231 Time(s)

Picture 1321.jpg



Picture 1328.jpg
 Description:
Elbaite on Quartz and Albite
Nelum Valley, Kashmir, Northern Pakistan.
200x200 mm
 Viewed:  47250 Time(s)

Picture 1328.jpg



Picture 1355.jpg
 Description:
Spessartine and black Quartz
Tongbei, Fujian Province, China.
350x250 mm
 Viewed:  47247 Time(s)

Picture 1355.jpg



Picture 1356.jpg
 Description:
Phosgenite on Galena
Miniera di Monteponi (Carbonia Iglesias), Italy.
380x380 mm
 Viewed:  47225 Time(s)

Picture 1356.jpg



Picture 1359.jpg
 Description:
Morganite, Quartz and Manganotantalite on Albite
Bulachi, Diamar District, Northern Pakistan.
350x350 mm
 Viewed:  47293 Time(s)

Picture 1359.jpg



Picture 1360.jpg
 Description:
Heliodor (Beryl)
Fitampito, Provincia di Fianarantsoa, Madagascar.
200x90 mm; 3,5 kg
 Viewed:  47279 Time(s)

Picture 1360.jpg



Picture 1367.jpg
 Description:
Emerald (Beryl) on Calcite
Polveros Mine, Muzo, Boyacà, Colombia.
400x350 mm
 Viewed:  47264 Time(s)

Picture 1367.jpg



Picture 1371.jpg
 Description:
Parisite-(Ce) with Aegirine on Quartz
Mount Malosa, Zomba district, Malawi.
220x150 mm
 Viewed:  47212 Time(s)

Picture 1371.jpg


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Picture 1376.jpg
 Description:
Aegirina and Quartz
Mount Malosa, Zomba district, Malawi.
180x150 mm
 Viewed:  47251 Time(s)

Picture 1376.jpg



Picture 1383.jpg
 Description:
Sulfur
Miniera di Giumentaro (Enna), Italy.
200x200 mm
 Viewed:  47215 Time(s)

Picture 1383.jpg



Picture 1401.jpg
 Description:
Danburite
Charcas, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
400x350 mm
 Viewed:  47218 Time(s)

Picture 1401.jpg



Picture 1411.jpg
 Description:
Amethyst (Quartz)
Anahi Mine, La Gaiba District, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia.
500x500 mm
 Viewed:  47208 Time(s)

Picture 1411.jpg



Picture 1419 B.jpg
 Description:
Aquamarine (Beryl) and Albite on Quartz
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan.
400x350 mm
 Viewed:  47265 Time(s)

Picture 1419 B.jpg



Picture 1420.jpg
 Description:
Rubellite (Elbaite) on Quartz
Molo, Momeik, Shan State, Myanmar.
220x220 mm
 Viewed:  47262 Time(s)

Picture 1420.jpg



Picture 1422.jpg
 Description:
Elbaite on Cleavelandite (Albite)
Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan.
260x220 mm
 Viewed:  47300 Time(s)

Picture 1422.jpg



Picture 1424.jpg
 Description:
Elbaite and Muscovite
Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan.
300x110 mm
 Viewed:  47239 Time(s)

Picture 1424.jpg



Picture 1425.jpg
 Description:
Pyrite
Huancavelica Mine, Peru.
200x200 mm
 Viewed:  47261 Time(s)

Picture 1425.jpg



Picture 1426.jpg
 Description:
Spodumene, Elbaite, Quartz and Lepidolite
Mawi, Laghman Province, Afghanistan.
450x350 mm
 Viewed:  47254 Time(s)

Picture 1426.jpg



Picture 1427.jpg
 Description:
Aquamarine (Beryl), Orthoclase and Quartz
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Pakistan.
350x270 mm
 Viewed:  47254 Time(s)

Picture 1427.jpg



Picture 1429.jpg
 Description:
Elbaite with Albite
Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan.
200x130 mm
 Viewed:  47271 Time(s)

Picture 1429.jpg



Picture 1430.jpg
 Description:
Elbaite associated with Albite
Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan.
250x150 mm
 Viewed:  47292 Time(s)

Picture 1430.jpg



Picture 1432.jpg
 Description:
Aquamarine on Muscovite associated with Scheelite and Fluorite
Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Sichuan Province, China.
450x450 mm
 Viewed:  47274 Time(s)

Picture 1432.jpg



Picture 1433.jpg
 Description:
Elbaite with Albite
Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan.
270x300 mm
 Viewed:  47269 Time(s)

Picture 1433.jpg



Picture 1436.jpg
 Description:
Epidote
Andravory, Milanoa, Vohemar, Diego Suarez Region, Madagascar.
450x400 mm
 Viewed:  47245 Time(s)

Picture 1436.jpg



Picture 1437.jpg
 Description:
Ajoite on Quartz
Messina District, Limpopo, South Africa
550x450 mm
 Viewed:  47242 Time(s)

Picture 1437.jpg


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Picture 1438.jpg
 Description:
Ajoite in Quartz
Messina District, Limpopo, South Africa.
550x450 mm
 Viewed:  47223 Time(s)

Picture 1438.jpg



Picture 1438 B.jpg
 Description:
Ajoite in Quartz
Messina District, Limpopo, South Africa.
550x450 mm
 Viewed:  47197 Time(s)

Picture 1438 B.jpg



Picture 1441.jpg
 Description:
Cerussite
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.
250x150 mm
 Viewed:  47272 Time(s)

Picture 1441.jpg



Picture 1442.jpg
 Description:
Calcite on Amethyst (Quartz)
Irai, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
400x350 mm
 Viewed:  47198 Time(s)

Picture 1442.jpg



Picture 1443.jpg
 Description:
Aquamarine (Beryl) on Quartz
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan.
280x180 mm
 Viewed:  47280 Time(s)

Picture 1443.jpg



Picture 1445.jpg
 Description:
Aegirina, Zircon and Microcline
Mount Malosa, Zomba district, Malawi.
400x400 mm
 Viewed:  47212 Time(s)

Picture 1445.jpg



Picture 1446.jpg
 Description:
Fluorite
Erongo Mountains, Usakos and Umaruru District, Erongo Region, Namibia.
400x150 mm
 Viewed:  47236 Time(s)

Picture 1446.jpg



Picture 1447.jpg
 Description:
Aquamarine (Beryl)
Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Pakistan.
350x200 mm
 Viewed:  47281 Time(s)

Picture 1447.jpg



Picture 1448.jpg
 Description:
Pollucite, Spodumene and Quartz
Mawi, Laghman Province, Afghanistan.
200x180 mm
 Viewed:  47213 Time(s)

Picture 1448.jpg



Picture 1449.jpg
 Description:
Scepter Amethyst (Quartz)
Ikalamavony, Matsiatra Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar.
230x150 mm
 Viewed:  47223 Time(s)

Picture 1449.jpg



Picture 1452.jpg
 Description:
Calcite
Dalnegorsk, Primorsky Kray, Russia.
330x250 mm
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Miniera di Camissinone, Zogno (Bergamo), Italy.
400x300 mm
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Guangdong Province, China.
200x100 mm
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Seriphos, Isole Cicladi, Greece.
200x150 mm
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Onganja, Seeis, Windhoek District, Komas Region, Namibia.
100x70 mm
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Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan.
300x150x150 mm
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Nyet, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Pakistan.
450x350 mm
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Datolite
Dalnegorsk, Primorsky Kray, Russia.
400x350 mm
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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 11:32    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

Well that's it. A wonder, right?

Below is the list of authors of the photos supplied by the Dr. Adalberto Giazotto. Thanks to him both by the photos as well as for the effort he did to put his collection in public display in Florence.

I’d love to read the other minsurfers opinions about this article as well as the opinions of those who have visited the beautiful Florence recently. Welcome all new posts to complete these columns contributing with their own experiences.



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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 12:02    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

Jordi Fabre wrote:
Well that's it. A wonder, right?

I'm trying to find words for that ... but ... these minerals are just to good to be real. The size!!! Just dizzying, stunning, beyond belief. Wow.
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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 12:34    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

Nice specimens, but 1050 sure doesn't look like an emerald.
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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 12:39    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

David Von Bargen wrote:
Nice specimens, but 1050 sure doesn't look like an emerald.
Corrected David, thanks a lot.

If someone still find some other mistake, please letting us know.
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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2009 12:53    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

Hi everybody!!

Wow. Holy cow! I'm having trouble typing because as each picture unfolded while I scrolled down, my heart rate increased and my blood pressure soared.

So many of these are minerals from localities unknown or little known to me. It just got better and better.

Then my computer went crazy and I looked down and realized that I had drooled all over my keyboard and shorted the thing out. So now I have to go over to Staples to buy another Logitech wireless keyboard.

Thanks Jordi, for this. I've added the site to my favorites under FMF, and plan to visit it often.

Stunning, just stunning.

Muchissimas gracias!!!

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PostPosted: Oct 19, 2009 21:56    Post subject: Re: The marvelous collection 'Cristalli' & brief guide about Florence - (3)  

Hi Jordi,
What a wonderful exhibit of minerals. That surely must be the worlds best ajoite in quartz considering the size and perfection. I loved the Brazilian morganite and thought tie "angels wing" selenite and sulphur unbelieveable. I would love to see the collection in person.

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