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My collection - Alpine rodingite specimens

Rodingite is a relatively common methamorfic rock in the Alpine region. It derives for methasomatic reasons from serpentino rock. The rodingite minerals are typically vesuvianite, epidote diopside and grossular.

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c368.jpg (49840 byte) Grossular var. hessonite with diopside – Testa Ciarva – Val d’Ala – Piemonte - Italy. Size 13x9x6 cm. Carpet of red-orange hessonite XXs with max. size 6 mm. and light green diopside XXs with max. size 12 mm. with green clinochlore on rodingite matrix.
c330b.jpg (45295 byte) Vesuvianite – Bellecombe – Val d’Aosta – Italy. Size 8x7x3 cm. Exceptional group of olive green XXs with max. size 26 mm. and gemmy quality on rodingite matrix from the best locality in the world for vesuvianite.
c507.jpg (40421 byte) Epidote – Chiandusseglio – Val di Viù – Piemonte - Italy. Size 14x11x8 cm. Group of exceptional dark green XXs with max. size 25 mm. on a carpet of dark-red granatite matrix.
c508.jpg (46764 byte) Grossular var. hessonite – Bellecombe – Val d’Aosta – Italy. Size 15x13x6 cm. Carpet of brilliant dark red XXs with max. size 4 mm. and gemmy quality on rodingite matrix.
c405d.jpg (56833 byte) Grossular var. hessonite, apatite – Carboneri – Val Pellice – Piemonte - Italy. Size 15x12x4. Carpet of exceptional very brilliant red hessonite crystals with max. size 10 mm., white hexagonal apatite crystals of 7 mm. and green chlinochlore.
c050.jpg (31037 byte) Andradite - Rosazza – Valle Cervo - Piemonte - Italy. Size 23x12x8 cm. Group of brown big XXs with max. size 25 mm. on matrix.
c127.jpg (40436 byte) Vesuvianite – M.Rocciavrè – Val Chisone - Piemonte - Italy. Size 6x6x2 cm. Group of very brilliant brown XXs with max. size 8 mm. on rodingite matrix.

 

c052.jpg (52788 byte) Grossular var. hessonite with clinochlore – Borne del Brous – Val d’Ala - Piemonte - Italy. Size 10x9x6 cm. Group of very brilliant dark red XXs with max. size 8 mm. and grey clinochlore lamellae on rodingite matrix.
c231.jpg (37539 byte) Grossular var. hessonite with diopside – Alpe delle Frasse – Val di Susa - Piemonte - Italy. Size 8x7x5 cm. Group of light green XXs of 10 mm. on a beautiful carpet of orange hessonite XXs with max. size 4 mm.
c312.jpg (54628 byte) Diopside on grossular var. hessonite – Bellecombe – Val d’Aosta - Italy. Size 12x7x4 cm. Group of light green XXs of 10 mm. on a beautiful carpet of dark red hessonite XXs with max. size 3 mm.
c212.jpg (27338 byte) Grossular var. hessonite with epidote and apatite – Lago Falin – Val di Viù - Piemonte – Italy. Size 20x9x6 cm. Carpet of red-brown brilliant hessonite XXs with max. size 6 mm. The white hexagonal apatite XX of 7 mm. is remarkable. On the rear side brilliant epidotes of 1-2 mm.
c401.jpg (32513 byte) Grossular var. hessonite – M. Barbeston – Val d’Aosta - Italy. Size 8x6x3 cm. Carpet of very brilliant dark red XXs with max. size 8 mm. on rodingite matrix.
c328.jpg (39635 byte) Epidote – Antronapiana – Valle Antrona - Piemonte - Italy. Size 11x8x5 cm. Group of olive green XXs with max. size 12 mm. on prasinite matrix.

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