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Minerals of the Arcipelago Toscano

Real natural jewels

A "great outdoor mineralogical museum", so it has been called the island of Elba, in the Arcipelago Toscano, by Bernardino lots. Here the inhabitants dedicated themselves togrease up time at the excavation and processing of granite from which even the columns of the Pantheon in Rome. This beautiful island offers an inestimable richness of the subsoil with well over 150 varieties of minerals. Even today the richest zones are around the town of capoliveri, Rio Marina, San Pietro in Campo and Magnetic tip.

The stones have always exerted a particular fascination on men who since antiquity have grasped the great potential. The wide availability of quartz, malachite, azurite, hematite, tourmaline (just to name a few) present in the islands of the Tuscan archipelago gave rise to an artisan who sees even today skilled artists transform the stones dure in jewelry and decorative objects.

Reflecting the mining tradition and workmanship of stones and minerals was born on the island of Elba even the Museum of minerals of Elba and mining art which houses an interesting and rich collection of approximately 1000 examples of minerals and stones of the island. In its halls were also rebuilt the original settings of the mine with the original tools and materials accompanied by clips and vintage photos of the old mines of Capoliveri and Fetovaia.

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