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Registered member since 13th Feb 2008

Alessandro Cantamessa has uploaded:
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I am an Italian collector proud to be part of since 13th Feb 2008.

I was born in 1961 in Turin, Italy, with some predestination as my family comes from an area dotted with outcrops of crystalline Gypsum. I lived there until 1992, when I moved to a nearby town where I still live with my wife.
I was attracted by mineral world in very early age: I vaguely remember that when I was 4 or 5 I haunted excavations of nearby construction sites with some older friends in search of "minerali", not yet understanding exactly what we were looking for…

The breakthrough came at the primary school thanks to my teacher, a big Turin collector herself. With many free samples and accompanied visits to the annual exhibition in Turin, she transferred me a passion keeping on over the years… thanking my wife patience!

The golden age of my collection coincided with a twenty-year partnership with an elder prospector-collector from Turin, during which we were also joined for some years at late Gruppo Mineralogico Grugliaschese, before becoming again independent collectors.

First I consider myself as a prospector, as I don’t like so much mineral-business. Rather than buying and selling, I like better to go open-air in search of samples to exchange with other enthusiastic collectors. An Apatite I found in 2002 at Montajù, analyzed in 2006 by Turin Polytechnic, became part of the collections of Mines Museum in Traversella.
However, I also like to increase my collection by buying aesthetic specimens coming long way from home.

Years after my childhood visiting Turin exhibition, I started to visit mineralogical fairs and events all over the world (as far as New Zealand, at Tapu 2007!), and I exposed in several editions of exchanging exhibitions in Grugliasco, Robilante, Novara, Rozzano, Ferrania, Trento, Pisa, Pistoia and Volpiano.

My solid interest in mineral world goes well with my inexhaustible passion for mountain in all its forms, and for travels around the world, activities during which I don’t dislike field prospections (often thanks to the information provided by Mindat!) and geo-mineralogical explorations.
My collection is therefore extended to minerals worldwide, best if aesthetic, with a systematic side for localities more familiar to me, Western Alps and Elba Island on all. I like as well Baveno, Apuan Alps and in general all those localities better known as visited during my trips: Iceland, South Africa, Namibia, Mexico, Peru, Western Canada, Azores, Laurion, etc.
My wife, although not very experienced in minerals, is instead a freak of Poonah, whose samples always recognizes at a glance and appreciates even if mixed in a quantity of crystals from everywhere.
About species, among the others I love Hessonite, Sulfur, Vanadinite, Vesuvianite, Axinite, Fluorapatite and Apophillite.

Please enjoy my Gallery, comments are welcome!

Looking for alpine crystals, august 1986

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