Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 589, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 589  
Name and quarry location: Verde di Prato, from Prato, Florence, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Serpentinised coarse peridotite, and clear milky and fibrous serpentine veins. Various microstructures of alteration and exsolution in pyroxene visible on the slab surface. Note opaque white ?quartz veins and a few small calcite veins.  
Comments: This appears to be typical verde di Prato. See no.593 for the serpentinite from Santa Cattarina, on the Isle of Elba.  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 7. Serpentines; ii. Common serpentines  
Corsi's text: 149.14 Marmo di S.Cattarina dell'Elba  

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