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  Topic: Any interesting minerals from Ukraine?
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 14
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PostForum: Mines and Mineral Localities   Posted: Jun 04, 2020 07:04   Subject: Re: Any interesting minerals from Ukraine?
Hi to everybody, hi David!
Well, Monte Titano is mostly sedimentary, fossils are more likely to be found there, but sulphur mines in Perticara are not too far from there! However it's likely to find ...
  Topic: Any interesting minerals from Ukraine?
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 14
Views: 917

PostForum: Mines and Mineral Localities   Posted: Jun 02, 2020 02:04   Subject: Re: Any interesting minerals from Ukraine?
Hi to everybody! As a matter of fact there is a possibility for a mineral to be mined in Vatican territory. The Pope's villa in Castelgandolfo near Rome belongs to the Vatican state and its terrain en ...
  Topic: Natural Blue Topaz w/ Multiple Tiny Unknown Mineral Inclusions
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 4
Views: 504

PostForum: What is it? - Where is it from?   Posted: May 16, 2020 09:56   Subject: Re: Natural Blue Topaz w/ Multiple Tiny Unknown Mineral Inclusions
Hi to everybody!
Yes, it could be elbaite, but epidote crystals included in topaz are well-known. Another possibility is tiny ilmenite. Greetings from Italy by Riccardo.
  Topic: Stay at home - Coronavirus / Covid-19
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 318
Views: 42644

PostForum: National Library of Spain / Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) and FMF   Posted: May 03, 2020 09:11   Subject: Re: Stay at home - Coronavirus / Covid-19
hi to everybody! Fully agree: they are truly heroes! In Italy almost 200 of them have given and lost their life for us. But now we are seeing a small light at the end of this bloody tunnel, and one da ...
  Topic: Stay at home - Coronavirus / Covid-19
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 318
Views: 42644

PostForum: National Library of Spain / Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) and FMF   Posted: Apr 28, 2020 15:49   Subject: Re: Stay at home - Coronavirus / Covid-19
Hi to everybody! Here in Italy the situation is a little better than 3 weeks ago. The people admitted in hospital are decreasing day by day, and moreover the people needing intensive therapy, but stil ...
  Topic: Stay at home - Coronavirus / Covid-19
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 318
Views: 42644

PostForum: National Library of Spain / Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) and FMF   Posted: Mar 24, 2020 02:52   Subject: Re: Stay at home - Coronavirus / Covid-19
Hi to everybody!
An update: last Saturday 793 people died, last Sunday 652, and yesterday 601. I can't move over 200m from my home, but for first nerd matters. Just big food markets and pharmacie ...
  Topic: Stay at home - Coronavirus / Covid-19
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 318
Views: 42644

PostForum: National Library of Spain / Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) and FMF   Posted: Mar 16, 2020 08:13   Subject: Re: Stay at home - Coronavirus / Covid-19
Hi to everybody! As the biggest majority of you know, I live in Milan. Here in Lombardy the situation is dramatic. Just yesterday 369 people died. Schools have been closed since February 24 in Lomb ...
  Topic: To Enhance or Not to Enhance that is the question!!
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 8
Views: 11106

PostForum: Conserving, Preparing and Cleaning Minerals   Posted: Feb 17, 2020 12:34   Subject: Re: To Enhance or Not to Enhance that is the question!!
Hi to everybody!
As a gemmologist I can tell you what follows: enhanced gemstones MUST be certified as treated. A treatment grading MUST be given as well: for instance an enhancement by Opticon in an ...
  Topic: Is this "dehydrated" opal?
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 4
Views: 3618

PostForum: What is it? - Where is it from?   Posted: Jan 11, 2020 06:23   Subject: Re: Is this "dehydrated" opal?
Hi to everybody!
I can confirm: weathered agate. I found plenty of this kind in Idar-Oberstein and surrounding village; it's a historical agate and amethyst deposit!
Greetings from Italy by Riccardo ...
  Topic: Can someone please identify these for me, please.
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 4
Views: 2010

PostForum: FOR BEGINNERS: What is it? Where is it from?   Posted: Jan 04, 2020 04:19   Subject: Re: Can someone please identify these for me, please.
Hi to everybody!
Obviously you have to try with chloridric acid: if the stone fizzes, it's limestone; if it doesn't, it's quartzite. Just these two cases are possible.
Greetings from Italy by Riccar ...
  Topic: A blue obelisk that I'm not sure what it's made from
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 6
Views: 2001

PostForum: FOR BEGINNERS: What is it? Where is it from?   Posted: Jan 02, 2020 05:04   Subject: Re: A blue obelisk that I'm not sure what it's made from
Hi to everybody!
Either coloured artificial glass or synthetic quartz! Synthetic quartzes are also coloured in every colour you wish, including intensive blue which is never found in nature!
Greetin ...
  Topic: Happy Holidays!
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 23
Views: 13515

PostForum: Comments & Suggestions   Posted: Dec 16, 2019 12:02   Subject: Re: Happy Holidays 2019!
Hi to everybody!
I didn't want to be silent on wishing all of you a merry Christmas and a prosperous mineralogical 2020!
Season's Greeting from Italy by Riccardo!
  Topic: Marble or Mica? id please
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 7
Views: 2161

PostForum: FOR BEGINNERS: What is it? Where is it from?   Posted: Nov 10, 2019 09:13   Subject: Re: Marble or Mica ? id please
Hi Vikelas!
Have you tried with chloridric acid? Does it fizz? According to what I can see on these pictures, it looks like marble. I could be wrong by saying it's a gneiss, but my first opinion is m ...
  Topic: What rock is this?
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 9
Views: 3020

PostForum: FOR BEGINNERS: What is it? Where is it from?   Posted: Sep 20, 2019 11:48   Subject: Re: What rock is this?
Hi to everybody!
It depends on WHERE you found it. In Sicily, for example, it's not so seldom to find it, especially in the island Lipari and near the Etna volcano. I feel like excluding Northern Ita ...
  Topic: Purchased online, what is this blueish green stone?
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 8
Views: 2717

PostForum: What is it? - Where is it from?   Posted: Jul 15, 2019 14:13   Subject: Re: Purchased online, what is this blueish green stone?
Hi to everybody!
Have you tried by making it react with chloridric acid? And what about its hardness? Have you tried to scratch it using an iron piece or a piece of glass?
Greetings from Italy by R ...
  Topic: Gypsum orphan
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 5
Views: 1651

PostForum: What is it? - Where is it from?   Posted: May 06, 2019 11:31   Subject: Re: Gypsum orphan
Hi to everybody!
"Bolognese" means around Bologna, i.e. the Tosco-Emiliano Appennine! I think it comes from the surrounding area of the Futa or Raticosa passes!
Greetings from Italy by Ric ...
  Topic: Smoky or Smokey
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 21
Views: 7380

PostForum: Off-Topic and Introductions   Posted: Apr 27, 2019 04:09   Subject: Re: Smoky or Smokey
Hi to everybody!
It's always the same question: program or programme? Theatre or theater? Gemmology or gemology? Ok I apologise (or apologize) with our American friends, but I really like much more t ...
  Topic: Presentation of new members - Reference Thread
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 425
Views: 275593

PostForum: Off-Topic and Introductions   Posted: Apr 22, 2019 12:15   Subject: Re: Presentation of new members - Alexander in Boston (Hi, let introduce myself)
Ciao Alexander (o Alessandro?)! OK, dopo i saluti in italiano, vado con l'inglese. Welcome to the forum, you will see here we are everybody on very good terms and friendly! Let's wait for somethi ...
  Topic: Women's private collection sub-forum
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 24
Views: 14007

PostForum: Forum questions   Posted: Mar 22, 2019 13:27   Subject: Re: Women's private collection sub-forum
I'm afraid sea shells = malachologist.


Not a complete list and not gender specific. I haven't found a noun for our particular problem. We need a noun. A little off topic, I know.

Arenophile: b ...
  Topic: Women's private collection sub-forum
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 24
Views: 14007

PostForum: Forum questions   Posted: Mar 21, 2019 14:30   Subject: Re: Women's private collection sub-forum
Hi to everybody!
As the biggest majority of you should know, I'm a gemmologist and a mineral collector since 1973, but... I live in a country (maybe the ONLY one) where the majority of gemmologists a ...
 
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