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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2015 19:30    Post subject: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

Right after the 2015 Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Show, I spent a few days in Paris visiting some of the mineral museums there. I took a bunch of photos of the displays and the minerals as notes to myself for an upcoming film series I'm planning but then thought I might as well share these "reference shots" with the rest of the mineral community.

Keep in mind that these are A) what I consider low-resolution and low-quality shots as they were designed only as a visual reference to myself, and B) ONLY of mineral specimens on public display - any pieces shown to me that WERE NOT on display are not included.

My first stop was the Paris School of Mines right in the Luxembourg Gardens. I want to thank the new Museum Curator, Eloise Galliou (formerly from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles), for inviting me in and letting me wander around.



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Eloise and I in front of the 2nd floor entrance to the School of Mines Museum.
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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2015 19:43    Post subject: Re: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

Sorry. I'm being exceptional dumb today as I try to figure out how to upload multiple files.


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This is the view right after you enter the School.
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Here's a view looking down the hall of the School. Eloïse Gaillou can be seen here returning some of the specimens to the display after the Sainte-Marie-aux-Mine show.
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The sitting room at the School.
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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2015 19:48    Post subject: Re: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

Now...the mineral shots. Roughly in alphabetical order.


Adamite01.jpg
 Mineral: Adamite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Description:
Adamites from Mapimi, Mexico
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 Mineral: Adamite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Description:
A huge Adamite diorama that I was shocked to see. Mapimi, Mexico.
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 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Description:
Another angle of the Adamite diorama from Mapimi, Mexico.
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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2015 20:02    Post subject: Re: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

Azurites from the Collection


Azurite01.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Description:
Azurite from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia.
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Azurite02.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
 Description:
One of the School's many Azurites from the famous Chessy Mine in France.
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Azurite03.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
 Description:
I've never seen an Azurite like this from the Bisbee Mine, Arizona, USA.
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Azurite04.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
 Description:
Another Azurite from Bisbee, Arizona, USA.
 Viewed:  13160 Time(s)

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Azurite05.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Description:
Huge Azurite crystals morphing into Malachite from the Tsumeb Mine, Namibia
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Azurite06.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Morenci Mine, Morenci, Copper Mountain District, Shannon Mountains, Greenlee County, Arizona, USA
 Description:
A plate of botryoidal Azurites from the Morenci Mine in Arizona, USA.
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Azurite07.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
 Description:
Azurite rose from the Chessy Mine in France.
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Azurite08.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
 Description:
Another great Chessy Mine Azurite from France
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Azurite09.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
 Description:
Azurite from Chessy Mine in France.
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Azurite10.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
 Description:
Nice big plate of sharp Azurite crystals from the Chessy Mine in France.
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 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Description:
Huge Azurite crystal from the Tsumeb Mine in Namibia.
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PostPosted: Jul 13, 2015 22:08    Post subject: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

Minerals beginning with a B or C


Barite01.jpg
 Mineral: Barite
 Locality:
Jebel Ouichane Mines, Beni Bou Ifrour, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region, Morocco
 Description:
Large specimen of Baryte crystals from Morocco. A LOT of the historic specimens from the School of Mines are LARGE pieces as that was the focus of their founding fathers.
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 Mineral: Brazilianite
 Locality:
Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Description:
ENORMOUS crystal of Brazilianite on exhibit in the entry way. Brazil.
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Calcite01.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Fresville, Manche, Normandie, France
 Description:
One of the oddest Calcite specimens I've seen. Fresville, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France
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Copper01.jpg
 Mineral: Copper
 Locality:
Michigan, USA
 Description:
Nice big Michigan copper.
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Crocoite01.jpg
 Mineral: Crocoite
 Locality:
Dundas, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
 Description:
Crocoite specimen from the Dundas region of Tasmania, Australia. Notice the INTENSE red color. Probably from the Red Lead Mine.
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Crocoite02.jpg
 Mineral: Crocoite
 Locality:
Dundas, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
 Description:
Large, intense red, crystals of Crocoite from the Dundas region on Tasmania, Australia. The mine is not noted on the label but most likely the Red Lead Mine.
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2015 01:27    Post subject: Re: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

Thank you, Thank you and Thank you!!!! ;-)

Please more....
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2015 02:04    Post subject: Re: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

I second Jordi's comment. More please
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2015 13:48    Post subject: Re: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

The School Of Mines or Le Musée de minéralogie de l'Ecole des Mines is a beautiful historical museum to visit and it is really worth to visit it when you are in Paris.

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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2015 14:28    Post subject: Re: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

This museum has been on my list of things to do for a long time. Brian's photos just further reinforce why we need to get there. I wish Brian had taken some dimensions of the specimens.
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2015 16:41    Post subject: Re: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

What a great collection!
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2015 17:51    Post subject: Re: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

I'll be posting more photos soon (we gotta get all the way to the Wulfentites!!).

In the meantime, I'm seeing if I can get dimensions for the pieces.

Keep checking back.

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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2015 18:32    Post subject: Re: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

Yes Les, you and Paula really need to go. I had that opportunity several years ago and loved every minute of it. Bryan your pictures came out much better than mine did, but then again the curator at the time was not all that thrilled I was taking pictures.
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PostPosted: Jul 15, 2015 02:05    Post subject: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

Minerals starting with the letter "D"


Danburite01.jpg
 Mineral: Danburite
 Description:
A crazy big set of Danburite crystals with lots of iron oxide staining. Madagascar.
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Diamond01.jpg
 Locality:
Kimberley, Francis Baard District, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Description:
A great Diamond specimen on matrix from Kimberly, South Africa.
 Viewed:  12653 Time(s)

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Dioptase01.jpg
 Mineral: Dioptase
 Locality:
Renéville, Kindanba District, Pool Department, Republic of the Congo
 Description:
The School has a CRAZY amount of Dioptase from the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville). From 1910 to 1958, this area was part of French Equatorial Africa so it naturally makes sense that the Paris School of Mines would have A LOT of specimens from this region.
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Dioptase02.jpg
 Mineral: Dioptase
 Locality:
Renéville, Kindanba District, Pool Department, Republic of the Congo
 Description:
 Viewed:  12657 Time(s)

Dioptase02.jpg



Dioptase03.jpg
 Mineral: Dioptase
 Locality:
Renéville, Kindanba District, Pool Department, Republic of the Congo
 Description:
 Viewed:  12644 Time(s)

Dioptase03.jpg



Dioptase04.jpg
 Mineral: Dioptase
 Locality:
Renéville, Kindanba District, Pool Department, Republic of the Congo
 Description:
 Viewed:  12640 Time(s)

Dioptase04.jpg



Dioptase05.jpg
 Mineral: Dioptase
 Locality:
Renéville, Kindanba District, Pool Department, Republic of the Congo
 Description:
 Viewed:  12652 Time(s)

Dioptase05.jpg



Dioptase06.jpg
 Mineral: Dioptase
 Locality:
Renéville, Kindanba District, Pool Department, Republic of the Congo
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PostPosted: Jul 15, 2015 02:13    Post subject: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

More Ds


Dioptase07.jpg
 Mineral: Dioptase
 Locality:
Renéville, Kindanba District, Pool Department, Republic of the Congo
 Description:
Dioptase - Reneville, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).
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Dioptase07.jpg



Dioptase08.jpg
 Mineral: Dioptase
 Locality:
Renéville, Kindanba District, Pool Department, Republic of the Congo
 Description:
Dioptase - Reneville, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).
 Viewed:  12663 Time(s)

Dioptase08.jpg



Dioptase09.jpg
 Mineral: Dioptase
 Locality:
Renéville, Kindanba District, Pool Department, Republic of the Congo
 Description:
Dioptase - Reneville, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).
 Viewed:  12641 Time(s)

Dioptase09.jpg



Dioptase10.jpg
 Mineral: Dioptase
 Locality:
Renéville, Kindanba District, Pool Department, Republic of the Congo
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Dioptase - Reneville, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).
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PostPosted: Jul 15, 2015 07:14    Post subject: Re: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

Thank you.
Amazing master pieces.
Exceptional diamond on kimberlite. Is it repaired?
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PostPosted: Jul 15, 2015 09:24    Post subject: Re: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

What a suite of Reneville dioptase specimens. One of my first high priced specimens was a dioptase from here, years before Tsumeb produced dioptase. It was a 8cm by 7cm vug that probably cost me $50, purchased from Jim Mueller, a Phoenix, AZ USA dealer. That was around 1966 or 1967. These are fabulous, especially the 4th specimen.
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PostPosted: Jul 15, 2015 14:21    Post subject: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

Minerals from the collection starting with the letter E and continuing through to the letter P.


Emerald01.jpg
 Mineral: Emerald
 Description:
Cut Emeralds from the French Crown Jewels. These were removed from the Crown Jewels during the French Revolution
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Erythrite01.jpg
 Mineral: Erythrite
 Description:
One of their many Erythrite crystals from Morocco.
 Viewed:  12423 Time(s)

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Hematite01.jpg
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Description:
A Hematite Rose from Ouro Petro, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
 Viewed:  12436 Time(s)

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Hubnerite01.jpg
 Mineral: Hubnerite
 Locality:
Mundo Nuevo mining area, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sánchez Carrión Province, La Libertad Department, Peru
 Description:
A CRAZY Hubnerite "hat" on top of a Fluorite crystal from the Mundo Nuevo Mine in Peru
 Viewed:  12420 Time(s)

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Kunzite01.jpg
 Mineral: Kunzite
 Description:
LARGE and COLORFUL Kunzite crystal from Afghanistan.
 Viewed:  12398 Time(s)

Kunzite01.jpg



Molybdenite01.jpg
 Mineral: Molybdenite
 Description:
Molybdenite from Madagascar. Now, I'm not a mineralogist (so any of you out there please correct this) but my understanding is that Molybdenite is the most common source of the ore Molybdenum which was highly sought after as an industrial flux. The Wulfenites from the San Francisco Mine in Sonora, Mexico characteristically has botryoidal Mimetites growing on them. Together, these were historically collected and CRUSHED so that they could extract the Molybdenum from them. ABSOLUTELY crazy in today's world of mineral collecting.
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Morganite01.jpg
 Mineral: Morganite
 Description:
HUGE Morganite on display downstairs
 Viewed:  12395 Time(s)

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Olivine01.jpg
 Mineral: Olivine
 Locality:
St John's Island (Zebirget), Red Sea, Egypt
 Description:
A FANTASTIC Olivine crystal from Zebirguet, Red Sea, Egypt.
 Viewed:  12453 Time(s)

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Pyromorphite01.jpg
 Mineral: Pyromorphite
 Locality:
Friedrichssegen Mine, Frücht, Bad Ems District, Lahn Valley, Rhineland-Palatinate/Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
 Description:
A classic, and large, Pyromorphite cluster from Friedrichssegen, Germany.
 Viewed:  12385 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jul 15, 2015 14:23    Post subject: Re: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

As you can see from the Hubnerite photo, most of these pictures were taken using my iPhone.
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PostPosted: Jul 15, 2015 14:53    Post subject: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

Here are some more overall photos of the museum so that you can see a bit more of the true beauty and classic style of this museum.


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As you go up the steps, towards the 2nd floor entrance to the museum, you'll see the walls of the staircase are lined with these huge slabs of agate and jadeite. Upon closer examination, you'll see that these ARE NOT actual slabs. These are paintings made on the wall to look like real slabs. In a way, I can appreciate this dedication and love of the mineral world more than just slabbing rocks and mounting them. Imagine how much work to paint something so realistic.
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_MuseumPanoEntrance.JPG
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Having gained access to the entrance to the museum, here's a panoramic photo of the entry way.
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_MuseumPanoEnd.JPG
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Another panoramic shot. This is the far end of the museum (previously I uploaded a photo with Museum Curator Eloise Gaillou returning a specimen that had been on exhibit at the Sainte-Maire-aux-Mine Show - this photo is from the same area). Notice the classic display cases and the rows upon rows of wall and floor cases. Absolutely beautiful!!
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_MuseumCeiling.jpg
 Description:
Here is another painting dedicated to minerals and mineral collecting. This depicts a king showing his support and appreciation to the hard work of mining and the craft of taking the elements that are mined and turning them into useful objects (armor, urns, plates, etc.). Now the REALLY cool thing about this painting is that it's on the CEILING!!!!! This is in the staircase entry area just before entering the museum.
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Here's another ceiling painting in the stairway area before the entrance to the museum. Yes, that's me being a goofball.
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PostPosted: Jul 15, 2015 15:01    Post subject: Paris School Of Mines - A recent visit  

Minerals from the collection starting with the letter S.


Sphalerite01.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District, Kosovo
 Description:
Large and pristine Sphalerite crystal from the Trepča valley in modern day Kosovo. Intrestingly, the label says "Yougoslavie" (i.e. Yugoslavia). Yugoslavia was created as an aftermath of WWII and was disolved in 1992. So there's a bit of history even in the labels!!!
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 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District, Kosovo
 Description:
A huge Sphalerite specimen again from the Trepča valley in modern day Kosovo.
 Viewed:  12330 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Stibnite
 Description:
A crazy cool Stibnite specimen.
 Viewed:  12316 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Stibnite
 Description:
An extremely thick Stibnite crystal from Japan.
 Viewed:  12339 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Stibnite
 Locality:
Ichinokawa Mine, Saijo, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku Island, Japan
 Description:
Thick and large Stibnite crystal from Japan.
 Viewed:  12319 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Stibnite
 Description:
Nice Stibnite cluster from Japan.
 Viewed:  12346 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Sulfur
 Locality:
Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily, Italy
 Description:
Sicilian Sulfur.
 Viewed:  12353 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Sulfur
 Locality:
Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily, Italy
 Description:
VERY large Sulfur crystal from Sicily, Italy.
 Viewed:  12321 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Sulfur
 Locality:
Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily, Italy
 Description:
Nice Sulfur on matrix from Sicily, Italy.
 Viewed:  12348 Time(s)

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