Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 609, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 609  
Name and quarry location: Serpentina verde di Sardegna, from Sardinia, Italy  
Geological description: Serpentinite with hints of coarse-grained peridotite microstructure evident in dark domains. Contains scattered crystals of pyrite and disseminated flecks of pale yellow carbonate mineral.  
Comments: Unlikely to be from Sardinia(C); Jervis (1889) makes no reference to the commercial working of the minor serpentinite deposits on the island. It may be from the Genoa region, Liguria, Italy, and resembles a variety of marmo verde di Polcevera from Pietra Lavazzara(V), near Campomorone.  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 7. Serpentines; ii. Common serpentines  
Corsi's text: 151.34 Verde di Sardegna  

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