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The Research
Why do research?

...because doing research doesn't mean, like some people believe, to rob nature but means to underline its unequal capacity to create treasures of absolute beauty, and valuate its ability to know how to combine the elements to make splendid crystals in exceptional combinations of colour and form.

These wonders are locked up in the casket of its depths, sometimes hidden under one metre of ground or in the inside of a vein. Only by digging we can reach them and collect them in order to make them visible and appreciated by all.

Viceversa they would not only remain hidden, but would be emptied due to the inevitable destruction caused by the process of natural erosion which distinguishes the geologic life of the earth.

In the photo: research work for pyrite in the Valle Giove, Rio Marina, on behalf of the Island of Elba's mineral park.

It is clear that collecting crystals doesn't mean destroying what they have surrounding them and here appeal to the common sense of our researchers (quality unfortunately not always appreciated) but it is necessary to leave little sign as possible of our passage and let nature do the rest.

Therefore research for me is to become one with nature, and to know its intimacy and become a part of it. If too much time passes between one trip and another I begin to get "withdrawal symptons".

Left: on the Triolet glacier in the Bianco group

Al Centre: research on the walls for epidotes in the Val di Viu.

A Right: with Mario under the tip of the Forcel Rosso in Adamello.

Other than having the possibility to develop our love for scenes sometimes truly beautiful and charming, we often divide our joys in company of good friends and this never harmed anyone.
In the beginning of the 80's, not to forget details of these moments I started to write the news of my mineral trips and to document them with photo's and film them for however possible it is; it is in fact an idea which matured in 2000 with my friend Giulio, when we were in the Amazon, to film a documentary with naturalistic and humanitary intent, to start a series of films on important research done in the world. This ambitious, but stimulating project has already begun, assisted also by the precious assistance of my friend Federico.

Above: Federico in the Forcioni vein- Island of Elba

Research must not be hindered even to guarantee a future for scientific progress and for the increase of the museums collections were sooner or later private collections will converge, at least ones of a certain importance, seen as, at least in our country, all the mines are closed and the university research institutes almost exclusively rely on specimens which come from researchers who are not professional.

From my diary, April 1st 1995
Trip to Monte Serra, north side.

After having found the large pocket on the previous 20th of March, I called my companions Andrea and Angelo and with them I finished emptying it on Tuesday 21 and Saturday 25, so today we are going back up to see if the vein can give. I leave early to get on site before others do, I get their at 7 and Andrea, who comes from Pisa is not their yet; before him a white Mercedes arrives with Bologna number plates: it is Carlo's friend with three other people from Bologna.
A little after Andrea also arrives and we all start to work in the portion of the vein which was almost emptied from digging. After a while Angiolino also arrives and we all try together until 11 in the morning, then we leave the people from Bologna, to be able to go to Lucca to divide the numerous and spectacular pieces dug out last week.
The "top" piece: is a wonderful slab of crystal, 110 cm long, which is also full at the back of faden and tabular quartz with the strangest forms. After having photographed it for a long period of time, we decide to donate it to the "Museum of Natural History of Pisa", part of the monastery of Calci.


Above: the beautiful slab of quartz crystal from the Monte Serra donated to the "Museum of Natural History" part of the Calci monastery of Pisa.

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