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18 May-14:46:21 Re: calcite in malkhan elbaite (Jesse Fisher)
18 May-14:26:20 Re: need help identifying this rock (John S. White)
18 May-13:56:37 Calcite in malkhan elbaite (Roger Warin)
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  Topic: Mineral Label Translation
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 8
Views: 671

PostForum: What is it? - Where is it from?   Posted: May 11, 2022 10:26   Subject: Re: Mineral Label Translation
Hi to everybody!
I think this label requires a decoding more than a translation! Our German-speaking friend should help us!
Greetings by Riccardo.
  Topic: Is this a ruby?
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 11
Views: 601

PostForum: What is it? - Where is it from?   Posted: May 10, 2022 01:59   Subject: Re: Is this a ruby?
Hi to everybody!
Ok, for calling it a ruby, it should contain at least some traces of chrome. I studied gemmology in Idar-Oberstein, as the biggest majority of you should know, and in the German Gemm ...
  Topic: South Tirol/ Tyrol
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 4
Views: 908

PostForum: Rockhounding trips   Posted: Mar 14, 2022 09:30   Subject: Re: South Tirol/ Tyrol
Hi to everybody!
Ok, in Alto Adige there is almost no gemstone quality specimen, but there is a big variety of collection quality minerals! For instance, I found interesting anatases, zeolites, albit ...
  Topic: Corundum with green?? xls
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 18
Views: 2202

PostForum: What is it? - Where is it from?   Posted: Feb 23, 2022 09:08   Subject: Re: Corrundum with green?? xls
HI Steven!
Ok, there are different opinions regarding the quality of a red corundum, especially regarding up to which clarity a red corundum should be called a ruby. I studied gemology in Germany (Id ...
  Topic: Corundum with green?? xls
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 18
Views: 2202

PostForum: What is it? - Where is it from?   Posted: Feb 21, 2022 09:19   Subject: Re: Corrundum with green?? xls
Hi Fuss!
I think I'm doubtless this time: it's a ruby with zoisite (green) and hornblende (black, small), probably from Tanzania.
Greetings from Italy by Riccardo.
  Topic: Peruvian / French or Cornish Chalcopyrite on Fluorite?
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 12
Views: 2403

PostForum: What is it? - Where is it from?   Posted: Dec 29, 2021 13:41   Subject: Re: Peruvian / French or Cornish Chalcopyrite on Fluorite?
HI to everybody!
As a gemmologist I can say we NEVER certify the origin of a stone. Moreover, the biggest majority of gemmologists know what I think of a certification of stone origin: I mean, it's m ...
  Topic: Any ideas on the material appreciated
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 6
Views: 1098

PostForum: FOR BEGINNERS: What is it? Where is it from?   Posted: Dec 29, 2021 13:07   Subject: Re: Any ideas on the material appreciated
Hi to everybody!
If you can cut it perfectly with a common knife and it feels soapy on your finger, it's talc; if it has different characters, it might be gypsum. Gypsum is also cut by a knife, but i ...
  Topic: In Memoriam - Tracy has left us
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 8
Views: 2584

PostForum: In Memoriam   Posted: Nov 07, 2021 11:14   Subject: Re: In Memoriam - Tracy has left us
Hi to everybody!
Really this new fell to me as a frozen shower, as we say in Italy. She was really too young to leave this world and she didn't deserve so bloody an end. My condolences to all people ...
  Topic: Munich Show (Mineralientage) 2021
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 27
Views: 9766

PostForum: News about shows   Posted: Oct 13, 2021 07:47   Subject: Re: Munich Show (Mineralientage) 2021
Hi to everybody!
I am already vaccinated by the second injection of AstraZeneca, I got it on June 6. Therefore I achieved my Italian green-pass, which certifies me of being vaccinated. Also, I purcha ...
  Topic: Northern Ireland, Ireland collecting sites
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 2
Views: 2810

PostForum: Rockhounding trips   Posted: Aug 17, 2021 04:13   Subject: Re: Northern Ireland, Ireland collecting sites
Hi Rgangue!
My advice is: you should look for any mineral deposit on Mindat, searching by locality. You should know that minerals likely to be found or historically found in each locality are listed ...
  Topic: 15 years since the beginning of FMF. As time goes!
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 19
Views: 5527

PostForum: Comments & Suggestions   Posted: Aug 10, 2021 11:05   Subject: Re: 15 years since the beginning of FMF. As time goes!
Hi to everybody!
It seems like yesterday to me, when Jordi proposed to me to join the Forum, and... 15 years for the Forum and almost 10 years for my joining it are already over!
I had the occasion ...
  Topic: Stay at home - Coronavirus / Covid-19
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 364
Views: 166629

PostForum: National Library of Spain / Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) and FMF   Posted: Aug 01, 2021 14:24   Subject: Re: Stay at home - Coronavirus / Covid-19
Hi to everybody!
Here in Italy the European Greenpass will be compulsory starting from August 6 for travelling by train, bus, ferry etc, and for having meal in a restaurant (if you eat inside the res ...
  Topic: Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 9
Views: 3483

PostForum: Other Museums in USA   Posted: Jul 22, 2021 12:43   Subject: Re: Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems
Hi to everybody!
These polished stones are by the biggest majority quartz. The brilliant-coloured ones (blue, pink...) are artificially enhanced by colouring. But... I'm afraid Jordi is not so enthus ...
  Topic: Stay at home - Coronavirus / Covid-19
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 364
Views: 166629

PostForum: National Library of Spain / Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) and FMF   Posted: Jul 19, 2021 14:35   Subject: Re: Stay at home - Coronavirus / Covid-19
Hi to everybody!
Here in Italy the situation has significantly improved from the point of view of victims and hospitalized people, but cases are increasing again, due to the Delta variant. Ok, let's ...
  Topic: Aura Coating
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 15
Views: 7143

PostForum: Incorrect classification and fakes   Posted: Jun 06, 2021 14:38   Subject: Re: Aura Coating
Hi to everybody!
Many years ago I was presented a fake amethyst quartz bought in Morocco by my girl-friend and her parents. I treated it with normal ethylic denaturated alcohol and... the paint got a ...
  Topic: Stay at home - Coronavirus / Covid-19
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 364
Views: 166629

PostForum: National Library of Spain / Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) and FMF   Posted: May 30, 2021 14:57   Subject: Re: Stay at home - Coronavirus / Covid-19
Hi to everybody!
Here in Italy the situation is slowly improving, TOO slowly in my opinion. I got the first inoculation (AstraZeneca) on March 14 and I should get the second one next Sunday. Then... ...
  Topic: A new mineral: alpha-calcium formate
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 9
Views: 3819

PostForum: Minerals and Mineralogy   Posted: May 03, 2021 12:40   Subject: Re: A new mineral: alpha-calcium formate
Hi to everybody!
There are plenty of minerals taking an organic or metallorganic origin: coronene, urea, whewellite, zanazziite are just some examples of them!
Greetings from Italy by Riccardo.
  Topic: How does color treating "work"?
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 6
Views: 1944

PostForum: Off-Topic and Introductions   Posted: Apr 24, 2021 10:32   Subject: Re: How does color treating "work"?
Hi to everybody!
There is a lot of literature concerning gemstone treatments, like diamonds. quartzes. topazes. corundums, beryls etc. A typical case is their so- called "Maxixe-beryl, which los ...
  Topic: Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2021 cancelled
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 6
Views: 4928

PostForum: Mineral Shows   Posted: Apr 13, 2021 03:49   Subject: Re: Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2021 cancelled
Hi to everybody!
OK, let's cheer up! I got my first inoculation (AstraZeneca) on last March 14 and now I'm waiting to be called for the second one, it should be within May or early June. And let's ch ...
  Topic: Does Chevron Amethyst Turn Green When Heated?
Riccardo Modanesi

Replies: 1
Views: 1255

PostForum: What is it? - Where is it from?   Posted: Apr 01, 2021 08:14   Subject: Re: Does Chevron Amethyst Turn Green When Heated?
Hi to everybody!
Ok, the biggest majority of prasiolites in trade are heated or treated amethysts, as well as the biggest majority of citrines. Nevertheless, some prasiolites like the Polish (Silesia ...
 
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