Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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OUMNH number Name and quarry location Geological description
OUMNH number Name and quarry location Geological description
1stone 1 Marmo Greco duro; most probably Thasian marble, marmo Thaso from Cape Vathy, Island of Thasos (Thassos), East Macedonia and Thrace, Greece Medium-grained dolomite marble.
2stone 2 'Marmo porino', perhaps from the Island of Páros, Cyclades, South Aegean, Greece Medium-grained calcite marble.
3stone 3 most probably Pentelic marble, marmo Pentelico, from Mt Pentéli, Attica, Greece Fine-grained calcite marble.
4stone 4 almost certainly Proconnesian marble, marmo di Proconneso, from the island of Marmara, Balıkesir, Turkey Coarse-grained calcite marble with grey graphite-bearing banding.
5stone 5 Thasian marble, marmo Thaso, most probably from Cape Vathy, Thasos (Thassos), East Macedonia and Thrace, Greece Coarse-grained dolomite marble.
6stone 6 Marmo Lesbio’, most probably Thasian marble, marmo Thaso, from Cape Vathy, Thasos (Thassos), East Macedonia an Coarse-grained calcite or dolomite marble.
7stone 7 most probably Thasian marble, marmo Thaso, from Cape Vathy, Thasos (Thassos), East Macedonia and Thrace, Greece Medium-grained dolomite marble.
8stone 8 Statuary marble, marmo statuario, most probably from Carrara, Seravezza or elsewhere in the Apuan Alps of Tuscany, Italy; but could also be from Mt Pentéli, Attica, Greece Fine-grained calcite marble
9stone 9 Carrara marble, marmo di Carrara, statuario, almost certainly from Cararra,Tuscany Italy. Fine-grained calcite marble
10stone 10 Marmo bianco di Pont Canavese, from Pont Canavese, Turin, Piedmont, Italy Medium-grained calcite marble
11stone 11 Statuary marble, marmo statuario, almost certainly statuario di Monte Altissimo, from Monte Altissimo, north of Seravezza, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy Fine-grained calcite marble
12stone 12 Palombino antico, probably from Turkey, but perhaps from the Apennines of Italy Biosparite limestone with abundant bivalve fragments. It fluoresces yellow strongly under longwave ultraviolet light.
13stone 13 Palombino antico, possibly from the Apennines, Italy. Heavily recrystallised intraclastic limestone. The brown specks are polishing compound.
14stone 14 Travertino di Tivoli, travertino Romano, from Tivoli, Lazio, Italy Porous banded travertine deposit, specimen cut parallel with the bedding.
15stone 15 Marmo di Segni, from Segni, Rome, Lazio, Italy Sparsely peloidal/intraclastic fine-grained limestone (micrite or microspar) with calcite-filled vugs. The top surface shows the fenestral fabric of a birds-eye limestone.
16stone 16 Lithographic limestone, pietra litografica, from the southern Franconian Alb (probably quarries at Solnhofen or Kelheim), Bavaria, Germany Upper Jurassic limestone from the Solnhofen Platternkalk Formation. A fossiliferous biomicrite with scattered acicular bioclasts (probably sponge spicules).
17stone 17 Marmo bianco di Fuligno, from Foligno, Perugia, Umbria, Italy Burrowed micritic limestone, heavily fractured and stylolitised.
18stone 18 Palombino di Mazzurega, from Mazzurega, near Fumane, Verona, Veneto, Italy Burrowed micritic limestone with calcite-filled fractures, perhaps Lower Cretaceous 'Biancone'.
19stone 19 Palombino di Ancona, from Ancona, Marche, Italy is not confirmed but may be correct. Burrowed micritic limestone with patchily distributed planktonic forams and other bioclasts. It is possibly a variety of 'calcare massiccio'.
20stone 20 Marmo bianco di Parma, from Parma, Italy (not confirmed) White fine-grained limestone (micrite/micosparite) with abundant tiny bioclasts including calispheres/radiolarians, and with prominent stylolites.
21stone 21 Marmo bianco di Malcesine, from Malcesine, Verona, Veneto, Italy Fine-grained limestone (micrite/microsparite) with burrows and scattered large bioclasts, including the aptychi of ammonites. Probably Cretaceous age.
22stone 22 Giallo antico, from Chemtou, Tunisia Breccia of clasts of fine-grained limestone, largely recrystallised, in a ferruginous sparry micritic matrix.
23stone 23 Giallo antico, from Chemtou, Tunisia Breccia of clasts of fine-grained limestone, extensively recrystallised through diagenesis, in a ferruginous micritic matrix.
24stone 24 Giallo antico, from Chemtou, Tunisia Fine-grained limestone, extensively recrystallised through diagenesis but showing relics of a peloidal structure. It has slender ferruginous veins and small black manganese oxide dendrites. The sides of the specimen show that it is brecciated and cemented by a white sparry calcite matrix.
25stone 25 Giallo antico, from Chemtou, Tunisia Fine-grained limestone, extensively recrystallised through diagenesis, with slender ferruginous veins. Note areas of coarser crystalline calcite, probably the relics of fossils.
26stone 26 Giallo antico, from Chemtou, Tunisia Fine-grained limestone, extensively recrystallised through diagenesis, with slender ferruginous veins. Note areas of coarser crystalline calcite, probably the relics of fossils.
27stone 27 Giallo antico, from Chemtou, Tunisia Fine-grained limestone, extensively recrystallised through diagenesis, with spar-filled cavities. Distinct shear-texture visible.
28stone 28 Giallo antico, from Chemtou, Tunisia Breccia of clasts of fine-grained limestone, extensively recrystallised through diagenesis, in a ferruginous micritic matrix. Note areas of coarser crystalline calcite (probably the relics of fossils), and stylolites.
29stone 29 Giallo antico, from Chemtou, Tunisia Fine-grained limestone, extensively recrystallised through diagenesis, with slender ferruginous veins. Note areas of coarser crystalline calcite, probably the relics of fossils. The colour has changed to pink as a result of heating.
30stone 30 Giallo antico, from Chemtou, Tunisia Breccia of clasts of fine-grained limestone, extensively recrystallised through diagenesis, in a ferruginous micritic matrix.
31stone 31 Giallo antico, from Chemtou, Tunisia Breccia of clasts of fine-grained limestone, extensively recrystallised through diagenesis, in a ferruginous micritic matrix.
32stone 32 Giallo antico, from Chemtou, Tunisia Breccia of clasts of fine-grained limestone, extensively recrystallised through diagenesis, in a ferruginous micritic matrix. Note areas of coarser crystalline calcite (probably the relics of fossils).
33stone 33 Giallo antico, from Chemtou, Tunisia Breccia of clasts of fine-grained limestone, extensively recrystallised through diagenesis, in a ferruginous micritic matrix. Note areas of coarser crystalline calcite (probably the relics of fossils), and minor dendrites of manganese oxides.
34stone 34 Giallo antico, from Chemtou, Tunisia Breccia of clasts of fine-grained limestone, extensively recrystallised through diagenesis, in a ferruginous micritic matrix. It has been cut to show where the matrix has turned grey as a result of exposure to anoxic reducing conditions. Other parts of this specimen are the normal colour of a giallo antico.
35stone 35 Giallo di Siena, Siena yellow, from Siena, Italy; most probably from the quarries at Monte Arrenti near Sovicille. Very fine-grained calcite marble or heavily altered limestone tinted yellow by secondary iron minerals.
36stone 36 Giallo di Siena, Siena yellow, from Siena, Italy; most probably from the quarries at Monte Arrenti near Sovicille. Very fine-grained calcite marble or heavily altered limestone tinted yellow by secondary iron minerals.
37stone 37 Broccatello di Siena, convent Siena, from Monte Arrenti near Sovicille, Siena, Italy Sheared limestone breccia with indications of soft sediment deformation fractures and extensive late-stage solution seams and stylolites.
38stone 38 Marmo scuro di Trento, from Trent, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy (not confirmed) Biomicrite limestone densely packed with tests of foraminifera and other plankton, with calcite-filled veins and (on the sides of the specimen) dendrites of black manganese oxides. The whole stone has ferruginous staining constrained by the fracture pattern.
39stone 39 Giallo di Saltrio, from Saltrio, Milan, Italy; but more likely to be from the Verona area, Veneto, Italy Micritic limestone
40stone 40 Giallo antico, from Chemtou, Tunisia Fine-grained limestone, weakly metamorphosed and sheared, with yellow ferruginous stylolites, and scattered euhedral microcrystals of dark orange-brown iron oxide (goethite pseudomorphs after pyrite?) concentrated particularly in the stylolites.
41stone 41 Giallo di Verona, Verona yellow, from Torbe, or more probably Torri del Benaco, Verona, Veneto, Italy Brecciated fossiliferous biomicrite limestone crowded with large and small bioclasts.
42stone 42 Giallo di Verona, Verona yellow, giallo reale, from Torri del Benaco, Verona, Veneto, Italy Burrowed/nodular bioclast-rich fine-grained limestone (micrite/microsparite) with extensive calcite-filled stylolites. Note that the darker stylolites are coloured by wax filler. It contains rare juvenile ammonoids.
43stone 43 Pomorolo di Mizzolle, from Mizolle, Val Pantena, Verona, Veneto, Italy Brecciated fine-grained limestone crowded with rhombohedral microcrystals of calcite. It has prominent stylolites. Dark brown areas are wax filler.
44stone 44 'Marmo giallo di Sentro', perhaps from Centro Tregnago, Verona, Veneto, Italy Brecciated fine-grained limestone with calcite-filled fractures; heavily stylolitised.
45stone 45 Marmo giallo e turchino di Mizzolle, from Mizolle, Val Pantena, Verona, Veneto, Italy Burrowed limestone. The grey matrix is a fossiliferous grain-supported bio-pel micrite limestone. The yellow burrow-filling has subhedral rhombic calcite crystals, appearing peloidal in places. It has stylolites and stylolitised pellet contacts.
46stone 46 Marmo giallo di Lubiara, from Lubiara, Caprino Veronese, Verona, Veneto, Italy Biomicrite limestone with scattered small bioclasts, slender fractures and stylolites. Sparse large intraclasts suggest it is from a debris-flow deposit.
47stone 47 Marmo giallo di Torri del Benaco, giallo di Verona, Verona yellow, from Torri del Benaco, Verona, Veneto, Italy Fine-grained fossiliferous bioclast-rich limestone, burrowed, and showing prominent stylolites.
48stone 48 Marmo giallo di Mizolle, from Mizolle, Val Pantena, Verona, Veneto, Italy Sparry yellow limestone with scattered rhombohedral crystals of calcite, and with intraclasts of white fine-grained limestone. Dark coloured speckling is pyrite and wax filler.
49stone 49 Mandolà di Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella, nembro rosato, from San Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Verona, Veneto, Italy Burrowed nodular biomicrite limestone crowded with skeletal grains, and with stylolite development around the nodules. Dark brown area is wax filler.
50stone 50 Mandolà di monte Baldo, from Monte Baldo, Verona, Veneto, Italy Nodular/burrowed bioclast-rich microsparite limestone with stylolites.
51stone 51 Marmo carnagione, ‘rosetta di Bergamo’; the province of Bergamo, Italy, is not confirmed as the locality. Medium-grained white calcite marble. A metamorphosed sparite limestone preserving evidence of burrowing. It is almost white; the pink tint comes from discoloured grain-filler.
52stone 52 Marmo carnagione d'Asti’; probably from Italy, but Asti, in Piedmont, is very doubtful. Limestone from the Upper Cretaceous Scaglia Rossa Formation. A bioturbated biomicrite with planktonic forams and abundant tiny bioclasts.
53stone 53 Marmo carnagione, persichino di Mazzurega, from Mazzurega, near Fumane, Verona, Veneto, Italy Limestone from the Upper Cretaceous Scaglia Rossa Formation. A bioturbated fossiliferous biomicrite with abundant planktonic forams and calcispheres, and with a few stylolites.
54stone 54 Marmo carnagione di Terni, perhaps from the province of Terni, Italy Limestone, probably from the Scaglia Rossa Formation (Upper Cretaceous). A bioturbated fossiliferous biomicite with abundant tiny planktonic forams and calcispheres. Bioclasts are calcite filled. Many sub-parallel slender calcite-filled fractures are evident, as are a few manganese oxide dendrites.
55stone 55 Marmo carnagione, marmo cannellino chiaro, probably from the Umbria or Marches regions of the Apennines, Italy Pelagic limestone from the Scaglia Rossa Formation (Upper Cretaceous-Eocene), mottled grey with a rich fauna of foraminifera and other plankton.
56stone 56 Marmo carnagione, marmo cannellino scuro, probably from the Umbria or Marches regions of the Apennines, Italy Pelagic limestone from the Upper Cretaceous to Eocene Scaglia Rossa Formation. A bioturbated fossiliferous biomicrite with abundant planktonic forams, calcispheres and other skeletal debris. It has calcite filled structures and stylolites, and pink coloration constrained by a slender calcite-cemented fracture ('paesina' effect).
57stone 57 Palombino rosso di Ancona, most probably from the area west of Ancona, in the eastern Apennines, Italy. Pelagic limestone from the Upper Cretaceous to Eocene Scaglia Rossa Formation. A bioturbated fossiliferous biomicrite with abundant tiny planktonic forams and calcispheres. Sparse slender calcite-filled fractures constrain the pink diagenetic colouring banding, analogous to the effect seen in pietra paesina.
58stone 58 Marmo carnagione di Perugia, perhaps from Monte Malbe, near Corciano, Perugia, Umbria, Italy. Pelagic limestone from the Upper Cretaceous to Eocene Scaglia Rossa Formation. A bioturbated fossiliferous biomicrite crowded with planktonic forams, calcispheres, and other small bioclasts. It is crossed by slender healed fractures, and stylolites.
59stone 59 Rossino degli Appennini, from the Apennines, Italy. Pelagic limestone from the Scaglia Rossa Formation (Upper Cretaceous-Eocene). A bioturbated fossiliferous biomicrite crowded with planktonic forams, calcispheres, and other skeletal debris. A set of close-spaced healed fractures constrain the pink coloration, giving the effect of a pietra paesina. Stylolites are also present.
60stone 60 Marmo carnagione di Camerino; Camerino, Macerata, Marches, Italy may be the correct locality. A pink pelagic limestone from the Scaglia Rossa Formation (Upper Cretaceous-Eocene). It is a bioturbated biomicrite crowded with planktonic forams and calcispheres with some echinoderm and molluscan debris.
61stone 61 Rosso antico, from Akra Tainaron (Cape Matapan), Mani peninsula, Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece A fine-grained hematite-stained calcite marble of late Cretaceous to Eocene age. Slender black veins are evident, and trace manganese contributes to the red colouring.
62stone 62 Rosso antico, from Akra Tainaron (Cape Matapan), Mani peninsula, Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece A fine-grained hematite-stained calcite marble of late Cretaceous to Eocene age. Slender black veins are evident, and trace manganese contributes to the red colouring.
63stone 63 Porporina di villa Adriana, locality unknown Hematite-rich banded limestone with some colourless sparry calcite-filled veins, and abundant cavities which are filled with wax on polished surfaces. Probably extensively recrystallised.
64stone 64 Marmo rosso di Sabina; Sabina, Umbria, Italy is not confirmed as the locality. A laminated limestone containing bioclasts and peloids (pellet-sized grains) in a sparite matrix.
65stone 65 Duke's red marble, from Newhaven, Derbyshire, England Recrystallised limestone of Lower Carboniferous age, containing abundant hematitic (and occasional limonitic) capillary inclusions dispersed in colourless calcite.
66stone 66 'Marmo rosso di Seravezza', possibly from Seravezza, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy but perhaps from Greece. Fine-grained hematitic calcite marble
67stone 67 Marmo rosso di Prodo, from Prodo, or more probably Colonnetta di Prodo, Terni, Umbria, Italy Limestone. A fossiliferous biomicrite crowded with planktonic forams and calcispheres. Disrupted banding marks a layer that has transported and re-sedimented, probably the result of slumping. Fractures are calcite-filled.
68stone 68 Marmo rosso di Taormina’; Taormina in Sicily is very doubtful. Possibly from the Apennines, Italy. Pink pelagic limestone, most probably from the Scaglia Rossa Formation (Cretaceous-Tertiary). A bioturbated fossiliferous biomicrite crowded with planktonic forams and calcispheres.
69stone 69 Marmo rosso d'Abruzzo, from Abruzzo, Italy. Burrowed bioclast-rich biomicrite limestone.
70stone 70 Marmo rosso di Lugo, rosso Verona, from Lugo di Grezzana, in the Val Pantena, Verona, Veneto, Italy A burrowed bioclast and peloid-rich micritic limestone, probably from the Jurassic Rosso Ammonitico Formation.
71stone 71 Nero antico from Jebel Aziza, Tunisia Very fine-grained black marble with intersecting shear fractures and white calcite/pyrite-filled extension veinlets.
72stone 72 Ashford black marble, Derbyshire black marble, from Arrock mine or from quarries on Sheldon Moor, near Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire, England Bituminous fine-grained limestone of Carboniferous age.
73stone 73 probably marmo nero di Roverè, perhaps from Prun, but more likely Roverè di Velo, Verona, Veneto, Italy Bituminous bioclastic limestone. The sides of the specimen show it has a distinctly laminar texture.
74stone 74 Marmo nero di Torino from the province of Turin, or more probably Portoro from the Porto Venere area, Liguria, Italy. Black fine-grained limestone with a few thin yellow/white veins, and with distinctive black (organic matter?) veining.
75stone 75 Marmo nero di Trapani, perhaps marmo nero di Erice from Monte San Giuliano; Trapani, Sicily, Italy Bioclastic limestone with abundant black recrystallised relics of microfossils. The side of the specimen shows the black coloration is constrained by calcite-filled microfractures giving the effect of pietra paesina (ruin marble).
76stone 76 Marmo nero di Como, from Como, Lombardy, Italy Black bituminous limestone with inclusions of organic matter, perhaps coprolites.
77stone 77 Portasanta, from north west of Chora, Island of Chíos, North Aegean, Greece Large clasts of pale pink compact fine-grained limestone showing a reticulated network of stylolites. It is part of a breccia, and small areas of salmon-pink micritic matrix can be seen.
78stone 78 Portasanta, from northwest of Chora, Island of Chíos, North Aegean, Greece Fine-grained compact limestone breccia. Heavily fractured, the later fractures are filled with white calcite. Some mollusc shell fragments are present.
79stone 79 Portasanta, from northwest of Chora, Island of Chíos, North Aegean, Greece Fine-grained compact limestone, partially recrystallised. Abundant stylolites containing red iron oxides give a reticulated (net-like) appearance.
80stone 80 Portasanta, from northwest of Chora, Island of Chíos, North Aegean, Greece Partially recrystallised fine-grained compact limestone. Red and yellow iron oxides are concentrated in abundant stylolites, giving a reticulated (net-like) appearance.
81stone 81 Portasanta, from northwest of Chora, Island of Chíos, North Aegean, Greece Fine-grained compact limestone, partially recrystallised, with abundant stylolites.
82stone 82 Portasanta, from northwest of Chora, Island of Chíos, North Aegean, Greece A breccia of pink micritic limestone clasts with intraclasts of a pink/grey breccia. A little dark red-brown hematitic matrix is visible in a few places. Abundant stylolites cross the stone and later fractures are filled with white calcite. White lines are scratches.
83stone 83 'Portasanta', locality unknown Pink and grey coarse-grained marble; a metamorphosed limestone breccia with sutured clast boundaries and yellowish stylolites.
84stone 84 Portasanta, from northwest of Chora, Island of Chíos, North Aegean, Greece Breccia of poorly-sorted fine-grained pink and cream-coloured limestone clasts in a dark red hematite-bearing micritic matrix. The limestone clasts have a few bioclasts and stylolites. Late stage white calcite-filled fractures cross the specimen.
85stone 85 Rosso Montecitorio, rosso Kumeta, from Monte Kumeta, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy Pink pelagic limestone from the Rosso Ammonitico Formation (Triassic-Jurassic); a hardground with black manganese-rich crusts, a spar-infilled ammonoid, and spar-filled fractures.
86stone 86 Cipollino mandolato, griotte, from Haute Pyrénées, France; and probably from the Campan valley. Lower Devonian tectonised and sheared red nodular limestone, with stylolites and white calcite-filled veins.
87stone 87 Portasanta, from northwest of Chora, Island of Chíos, North Aegean, Greece Limestone breccia. The clasts are pink micritic limestone with pink/grey intraclasts. The matrix is dark red-brown, hematitic. Abundant stylolites cross the stone and later fractures are filled with white calcite.
88stone 88 Portasanta, from northwest of Chora, Island of Chíos, North Aegean, Greece White limestone with relics of bioclasts, spar filled veins and a few yellowish iron oxide-stained veins and stylolites. It is likely to be part of a large clast from a breccia.
89stone 89 Cipollino verde, from near Karystos, Euboea, Central Greece Folded medium-grained calcite marble with layers rich in green iron-bearing silicate minerals including chlorite and epidote.
90stone 90 Cipollino verde, from near Karystos, Euboea, Central Greece Folded medium-grained calcite marble with layers rich in green iron-bearing silicate minerals including chlorite and epidote.
91stone 91 perhaps bardiglio, from Carrara, Massa e Carrara, Tuscany, Italy; or cipollino, from Carystos, Euboea, Central Greece Fine-grained carbonate mylonite, a heavily sheared carbonate rock. The slab face is cut parallel to the dextral movement direction.
92stone 92 Cipollino Apuano, from Alta Versilia, Tuscany, Italy Strongly sheared marble. Banding of cream (iron-stained calcite) and green-grey (granular calcite with patchy chlorite/talc) portions at low angle to shear planes, results in tight folding of bands.
93stone 93 Campan vert, cipollino verde mandolato, from the Haute Pyrénées (probably Pont de la Taulé), France Weakly metamorphosed Lower Devonian nodular limestone, the white fine-grained calcareous nodules have heavily chloritised rims in a paler green chlorite/calcite groundmass.
94stone 94 Cipollino mandolato, most probably rosé vif des Pyrénées, from the area west of Esplas-de-Sérou, Ariège, Midi-Pyrénées, France Weakly metamorphosed Lower Devonian nodular limestone, somewhat sheared and largely recrystallised; with chlorite coating the nodules.
95stone 95 Cipollino rosso, from Kiyi Kislacik, Milas, Mugla Province, Turkey Fine to medium-grained folded impure limestone or calcite marble, some bands rich in red hematite.
96stone 96 Cipollino rosso, from Kiyi Kislacik, Milas, Mugla Province, Turkey Fine to medium-grained folded impure limestone, now weakly metamorphosed to marble but the abundant debris suggesting it was in part a calcarenite.
97stone 97 Cipollino rosso, from Kiyi Kislacik, Milas, Mugla Province, Turkey A fine to medium-grained folded banded calcite marble, some bands rich in red hematite, others are coloured by grey graphite. A weakly metamorphosed impure limestone.
98stone 98 Perhaps Campan vert from Espiadet, Campan valley, Haute Pyrénées, France, but it may be cipollino Apuano from Alta Versilia, Tuscany, Italy; or another cipollino Impure altered limestone or calcite marble with convoluted white calcite ‘veins’; sheared, with anastomising cream-coloured shear bands. The green coloration is predominantly green-grey granular to prismatic diopside/actinolite.
99stone 99 Marmo Greco scritto from Capo de Garde, Annaba (Hippo Regius), Algeria A deformed, medium to coarse-grained calcite marble. A tectonite showing linear shear fabric. The dark grey graphite-rich zones result from the deformation of a breccia or vein system rather than a colour-banded rock.
100stone 100 Marmo Greco scritto from Capo de Garde, Annaba (Hippo Regius), Algeria A deformed medium to coarse-grained calcite marble. A tectonite showing linear shear fabric. The banding is more continuous than in Corsi no.99.
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