3500 minerals from all over the world…
A few of the samples in exhibition
The criteria adopted in deciding where to put the specimens were based on their crystal chemical classification, according to which there are nine classes (native elements, sulphides, halides, oxides, carbonates, sulphates, phosphates, silicates¸ organic compounds).
Visitors can also see a number of meteorites, extra-terrestrial bodies of varying chemical composition, that fell to earth in different parts of the planet in different periods. Typical of these is the chalcedony geode, with its trapped fossil water; it was discovered in Brazil and donated by painter Armando De Stefano.
One whole display case is dedicated to quartz in its various shapes and colours. Larger minerals belonging to the various sections in the vertical display cases are displayed on a counter. Worthy of particular mention are some splendid specimens of albite and tourmaline, desert rose and obsidian (volcanic glass).
Finally, there is a display case dedicated to fluorescent minerals which, under ultraviolet light, take on the most spectacularly garish hues.
Agata Blu (Geode)
Cristalli di Quarzo
Dendrite di Manganese
Dioptasio, Sud Africa
Nodulo di agata
Geode di Calcedonio con acqua fossile
Cubo di Pirite
Quarzo e Rodocrosite
Okeniti e Zeoliti
Minerals ffrom Vesuvius are about 230…
La collezione del museo
In the Mineralogical Museum of Campania around 100 examples of minerals are exhibited, both from Vesuvius and the Campania region. Other minerals can be seen in Naples in the museum at the University of Federico II and at the museum “G.B. Alfano” of Pompei.