Marco Macchieraldo's Thumbnail Page

International Thumbnail Mineral Collectors Association (ITMCA)

About Me:

Mineral interests:

Special: Italian and alpine minerals
General: Worldwide aesthetic minerals from classic localities like Tsumeb, Ilfeld, Pala and so on
I do not restrict myself to thumbnail specimens.

About me:

I'm an Italian minerals' collector and live in Torino, a big town in the north of Italy near the Alpes mountains. I was born in 1959 and collect minerals from 1981. My private collection is composed with about 600 specimens divided in the followings categories:

- Alpine minerals (250 specimens)

- Italian minerals (250 specimens)

- Worldwide minerals (50 specimens)

- Micromounts (50 selected specimens only from Italian sites)

I like aesthetic minerals in big size (10x10 cm. is the optimum) and generally I prefer Italian minerals. My favourite areas are Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta (my regions), Sardegna, Toscana and Elba island. I collect micromounts only for rare and Italian minerals.

You can see two little personal works about Monte Bianco and Val Varaita occurences.


Not much really, but I have friends interested in swaps. Then I can put you in contact with others.