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Vesuvianite

ex Groom-Napier, ex Dr. Krantz, Bonn, Germany
With Antique Label

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Description
Locality: 
Sicily, Italy
Class: 
Massive/Crystalline
Size Range: 
Small miniature (3-4.5 cm)
Size: 
3.5 × 4 × 3 cm
Weight: 
75.00gr
Description

Specimen consisting solely of grained, apple-green vesuvianite.

This is a 19th century classic with label of notorious Charles Ottley Groom-Napier (1839-1894) alias "Prince of Mantua and Montferrat" ("Mus. M&M"). See his interesting biography on minrecs biographical archive. The label means: "Idocrase pale green var(iety) - Sicily". Idocrase is a synonym for vesuvianite.
With M&M, the given localities are doubtful from time to time, Vesuvianite is not described for Sicily, but it must not necessarily be wrong.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Vesuvianite

Formula: 
(Ca,Na,☐)19(Al,Mg,Fe3+)13(☐,B,Al,Fe3+)5(Si2O7)4(SiO4)10(OH,F,O)10
Strunz: 
9.BG.35
Hardness: 
6.5
Streak: 
White
Type Locality: 
Monte Somma, Somma-Vesuvius Complex, Naples Province, Campania, Italy

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