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Beryl
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Sodalite
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Sulfur
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Imperial topaz
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Sicilian amber
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The Eagle, meteorite di tipo condrite L
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Garnet
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Renazzo, chondrite type meteorite
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Monte Milone, L-type chondrite meteorite
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Diamante
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Axinite
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Magnesite
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Dactyliotheca
Beryl
Sodalite
Sulfur
Imperial topaz
Sicilian amber
The Eagle, meteorite di tipo condrite L
Garnet
Renazzo, chondrite type meteorite
Monte Milone, L-type chondrite meteorite
Diamante
Axinite
Magnesite
Dactyliotheca

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Description

Vesuvius is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating mountains in the world and its name is linked to spectacular and unfortunately lethal eruptions. However, the particular geological situation is also the cause of the formation of spectacular and particular mineralogical associations which result in samples of absolute scientific value and in some cases collecting. One of the most important samples ever extracted in this locality (Monte Somma, Naples, Campania, Italy) is undoubtedly the sodalite represented here. These are white sodalite crystals in large idiomorphic crystals of

brown vesuvianite and red garnet on a rock of vesuvianite, garnet and mica. Sodalite is a silicate, part of the feldspathoids, which is normally found opaque, massive and blue in color, to the point that this mineral is commonly used as an ornamental stone for the creation of small sculptures or used in cabochon-cut jewelry. We therefore understand the importance and the exceptionality of this historical museum sample, where sodalite is found in translucent white euhedral crystals, a particular case that is found only in rare specimens from Namibia and, as in this case, from lavas of Vesuvius.


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