"Wernerite" quartz, grossular, amphibole

Viezena (Vienna)
Size: 8.6x5.6x4.6 cm


The label for this specimen lists "wernerite, garnet, and quartz", wernerite being an old obsolete name for an intermediate member of the Scapolite Group. However, I cannot find the scapolite, scapolite is supposed to fluoresce and I cannot detect fluorescence. I believe Mr. Garbari may have mislabeled the specimen. Perhaps he believed the dark amphibole on the specimen to be the wernerite? The specimen may require further study.

From the antique collection of Giuseppe Garbari. This collection dates between 1890-1910.

“Giuseppe Garbari was born in Trento (Italy) on 27 July 1863 and died in Florence on 6 June 1937. An eclectic character with numerous interests, he began collecting minerals (as well as stamps, old books, furniture and antiques) in the decade before the turn of the century, and then also dedicated himself to travel, hiking/mountaineering, mountain photography, to botany.

His collection consisted largely of notable specimens of Italian origin. It was sold in 1910 to Friedrich Krantz of Bonn (a well-known mineral trader of the time) and subsequently dispersed on the market. From Krantz's documentation it can be deduced that the Garbari collection must have been of considerable size and quality.”

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