Italian Vesuvianites are among the finest and most highly sought after examples of the species. This piece hosts a rather thick crystal of sharp, well-formed, lustrous, deep "root beer" colour, prismatic crystal of Vesuvianite with minor white Sodalite on matrix. The crystal has contacts in the back but overall the quality is good. In 1795, this new species was first named for material found at this famous locale and this nice piece comes with a wonderful antique label. These specimens are not seen on the market very often.