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SOLD Sanidine - classic Italian
Monte Somma, Somma-Vesuvius Complex, Ercolino, Naples,
Campania, Italy
7.8 x 5.8 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Early summer 2021

A blocky matrix that holds several gem clear Sanidine crystals. Ex Lechner collection (Austria) and Schortmann's minerals. Largest of the crystals is 1.1 CM and very clear, colorless and defined. The Schortmann label dates this 1950's vintage after their purchase of the huge Lechner collection. The Lechner collection itself was begun more than 70 years before that so this is likely a far older specimen. The Schortmann label calls this Ryacolite, which is an obsolete name, and only gives Vesuvius as the locality. These were found more exactly in the Mt Somma-Vesuvius complex, in the Ercolano area quarries. Although Sanidine is not a very rare specie, such good, gem clear and well-defined crystals are quite rare in crystals larger than micros.




SOLD Sanidine - classic Italian
Monte Somma, Somma-Vesuvius Complex, Ercolino, Naples,
Campania, Italy
7.8 x 5.8 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Early summer 2021

A blocky matrix that holds several gem clear Sanidine crystals. Ex Lechner collection (Austria) and Schortmann's minerals. Largest of the crystals is 1.1 CM and very clear, colorless and defined. The Schortmann label dates this 1950's vintage after their purchase of the huge Lechner collection. The Lechner collection itself was begun more than 70 years before that so this is likely a far older specimen. The Schortmann label calls this Ryacolite, which is an obsolete name, and only gives Vesuvius as the locality. These were found more exactly in the Mt Somma-Vesuvius complex, in the Ercolano area quarries. Although Sanidine is not a very rare specie, such good, gem clear and well-defined crystals are quite rare in crystals larger than micros.