Vesuvianite is named after Mt. Vesuvius in Italy, the famous volcano where it was originally described. There are some highly lustrous and brilliantly-colored forms of this mineral that are outstanding. Especially of note are the vividly-colored and multicolored varieties that came from the Jeffery Quarry in Asbestos, Quebec, which are stunning and classic forms of this mineral. Vesuvianite is usually translucent and green, yellowish green, or brownish green in color. Rare specimens can be colorless, white, blue, pink, purple, violet, red, or black.