Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 963, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 963  
Name and quarry location: Serpentina di Santa Caterina, from Santa Caterina, island of Elba, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Serpentinite, finely brecciated and veined with calcite.  
Comments: Jervis (1889) records an ophicalcite obtained 2km from 'Rio nell'Elba' in a place called Santa Caterina'. Zuccagni-Orlandini (1842) describes the stone as 'superb'. The brecciation is particularly small and even, in Corsi's samples (nos.593, 963) and in samples seen in other museums.  
References: Jervis (1889) 415; Zuccagni-Orlandini (1842) 10, 112  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 7. Serpentines; ii. Common serpentines  
Corsi's text: 152.46/ S22.1 Serpentina di S.Caterina nell'isola dell' Elba  

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