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PostPosted: Jul 06, 2014 17:32    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Jordi,

Thank you for this great opportunity to see these specimens. I think a lot of us may not have a chance to see them in person.

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PostPosted: Aug 01, 2014 17:11    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 3  

A new set of wonderful specimens


Gold - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Gold
 Locality:
Mockingbird Mine, Colorado area, Whitlock District, Mother Lode Belt, Mariposa County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 14,0 x 11,0 x 12,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,5 cm.
Sheet made of small, brilliant, sharp-edged hexoctahedrons and dendrites. Analysis showed the following composition: 88% Au, 12% Ag
MIM number 843
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  52849 Time(s)

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Liddicoatite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Fluor-liddicoatite
 Locality:
Bevaondrano pegmatite, Ikalamavony District, Matsiatra Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 6,5 x 14,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 14,0 cm
Ensemble of several parallel, transparent green crystals, with the bottom recrystallized in pink-gray.
MIM number 792
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
 Viewed:  52936 Time(s)

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Boleite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Boleite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1,0 x 1,0 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,0 cm
Two perfect, interpenetrated, sharp-edged crystals.
MIM number 938
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  52861 Time(s)

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Aegirine - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Aegirine on Quartz (variety smoky quartz)
 Locality:
Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
 Dimensions: 20,0 x 11,0 x 14,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 16,5 cm
Brilliant sheaves on intact, double terminated smoky quartz.
MIM number 1052
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  52846 Time(s)

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Valentinite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Valentinite
 Locality:
San José Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia
 Dimensions: 9,5 x 6,0 x 9,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,4 cm
Rosettes of brilliant, cream-colored crystals on micro-crystallized pyrite.
MIM number 1087
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  52862 Time(s)

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Spodumene (var. Kunzite) - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Spodumene (variety kunzite)
 Locality:
Mawi Pegmatite, Nilaw-Kolum, Du Ab District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 20,5 x 10,5 x 36,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 34,3 cm
Large, clear crystal with vertical striations, excellent top termination and strong dichroism; the bottom less well terminated and in contact with the matrix of origin.
MIM number 1110
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  52872 Time(s)

Spodumene (var. Kunzite) - MIM Museum.jpg



Beryl (var. Goshenite) - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (variety goshenite) on Orthoclase
 Locality:
Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 6,0 x 12,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7,5 cm
Perfectly terminated, flattened, brilliant, colorless beryl crystal with rich lateral faces, some inclusions and a dodecagonal central motif. The crystal is obliquely driven into the main face of a complete orthoclase crystal superficially tinted by iron oxides.
MIM number 1149
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  52913 Time(s)

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Phenacite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Phenakite
 Locality:
Rio Piracicaba (São Miguel de Piracicaba), Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 4,5 x 3,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,9 cm
Hexagonal wheel made up of colorless crystal inclusions in the center and limpid towards the exterior.
MIM number 1165
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  52789 Time(s)

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Scolecite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Scolecite
 Locality:
Nashik District (Nasik), Maharashtra, India
 Dimensions: 35,0 x 35,0 x 26,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 15,0 cm
Large, thick white crystal ball emanating from a rock pedestal.
MIM number 1186
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
 Viewed:  52855 Time(s)

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Diopside - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Diopside
 Locality:
Baxiyayike Diopside occurrence, , Baicheng, Akesu Prefecture, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 3,5 x 3,0 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 9,0 cm
Large green crystal with a transparent and well terminated upper part, and the lower part recrystallized, opaque and flanked by equally opaque adventitious crystals.
MIM number 1243
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  52830 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Aug 02, 2014 00:24    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Thank you so much for showing us these outstanding mineral specimens! I'm so stunned by their size AND quality that I feel reminded of browsing the thread with the Giazotto collection... my favourite is the 14 cm liddicoatite ( https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/download.php?id=51600 ), incredible!!!

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PostPosted: Aug 03, 2014 12:08    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 4  

Tobi wrote:
...Please more :)...

Sure. Here are some more :-)



Genthelvite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Genthelvite
 Locality:
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 3,0 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,8 cm
Twin composed of two lustrous, brownish-red, flattened crystals, well crystallized on the front but rougher on the back. One of the two crystals is garnished with several brilliant spessartites, the largest measuring 12 mm. Analysis of the crystal shows a proportion Zn > Fe Mn, which technically makes it genthelvite rather than helvite.
MIM number 1269
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  52544 Time(s)

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Hambergite - MIM Museum UV.jpg
 Mineral: Hambergite
 Locality:
Tamponilapa, Sahatany Valley (Mt. Ibity), Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 10,5 x 1,5 x 21,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 21,5 cm
Floating single crystal, very well formed on practically all its faces and colorless with cloudy inclusions and incrustations of calcite microcrystals on the surface; beautiful lateral twinned crystal in the shape of a rain gutter; an internal fracture runs all along the top and resembles breakage, but is in fact the result of natural recrystallization.
MIM number 1309
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
 Viewed:  52650 Time(s)

Hambergite - MIM Museum UV.jpg



Sinhalite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Sinhalite
 Locality:
Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 9,0 x 5,0 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,0 cm
Well formed and double terminated, opaque, brown crystal (probably twinned?) freed from its marble gangue, with some traces of lazurite on the sides. The chemical nature of the crystal was established by Raman spectroscopy.
MIM number 1325
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  52575 Time(s)

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Rutile - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Rutile
 Locality:
Tétikanana, Ambatofinandrahana, Ambatofinandrahana District, Amoron'i Mania Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 8,5 x 2,5 x 11,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5.6 cm
Brilliant, dark cream-colored superimposed plates of rutile in probable hematite pseudomorphosis, on which thick, reddish rutile crystals have developed in sagenite twins on both sides. A small hematite remains encrusted on one of the faces.
MIM number 1337
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  52573 Time(s)

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Fluorite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
West Green Mine, Saline Mines, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 18,5 x 13,5 x 12,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size:12.7 cm
The lower portion of this specimen consists of corroded yellowish fluorite, the upper part of purple fluorite, the summit of which is complete and topped by small calcite crystals. The lower portion is a bit corroded. A possible explanation is that the lower part was formed by simultaneous crystallization of fluorite and Baryte and that competition between the two impeded the development of well defined crystals, while the upper part was formed from crystallization of fluorite alone and that occurred later (hence the difference in color). A later influx of fluid corroded and completely dissolved the Baryte on the lower part without attacking the fluorite, hence the ensemble's mushroom-like appearance.
MIM number 1443
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
 Viewed:  52631 Time(s)

Fluorite - MIM Museum.jpg



Azurite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 3,0 x 10,0 x 14,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.9 cm
Large spray of sub-parallel crystals in a pseudo-rhombohedral shape and slightly curved. The crystals are intact and dark blue with reflections in a lighter blue.
MIM number 1534
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  52680 Time(s)

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Halite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Halite
 Locality:
Bleicherode, Nordhausen, Thuringia/Thüringen, Germany
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 10,5 x 24,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,2 cm
Stacked tabular square halite crystals with a white/grey color near the center and colorless at the edges, topped by a large (7 cm) amber colored gypsum crystal studded with small colorless halite cubes. Small gypsum crystals are present throughout the specimen which fluoresces heavily under short UV with additional phosphorescence of the gypsum crystals.
MIM number 1551
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  52495 Time(s)

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Halite - MIM Museum UV.jpg
 Mineral: Halite
 Locality:
Bleicherode, Nordhausen, Thuringia/Thüringen, Germany
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 10,5 x 24,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,2 cm
Stacked tabular square halite crystals with a white/grey color near the center and colorless at the edges, topped by a large (7 cm) amber colored gypsum crystal studded with small colorless halite cubes. Small gypsum crystals are present throughout the specimen which fluoresces heavily under short UV with additional phosphorescence of the gypsum crystals.
MIM number 1551
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  52509 Time(s)

Halite - MIM Museum UV.jpg



Reedmergnerite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Reedmergnerite
 Locality:
Ganadao (Ghandahab), Mohmand, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 6,5 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,4 cm
Group of subparallel translucent shiny crystals with a beautiful lavender color surrounding a fat crystal with deeper color. Blackish green mineral at the base of the specimen (likely chlorite)
MIM number 1552
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
 Viewed:  52797 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Aug 03, 2014 13:45    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Jordi,

I will also extend my thanks to you and the Mim museum for posting these excellent photos. I hope one day to be able to visit the museum.
One of the pictures is said to show :" Genthelvite, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan". It is obviously from a granite pegmatite and also hosts Spessartine. Based on this info I would hold it most unlikely that it is a Zn-dominant Genthelvite. It is most probably a Mn-dominant Helvite.

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PostPosted: Aug 03, 2014 15:41    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

keldjarn wrote:
..... It is obviously from a granite pegmatite and also hosts Spessartine. Based on this info I would hold it most unlikely that it is a Zn-dominant Genthelvite. It is most probably a Mn-dominant Helvite.
Knut

The colour is speaking for this idea. Maybe a very, very thin shist of Zn-dominant Genthelvite covers the Helvite and this shist was analysed.

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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2014 11:28    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 5  

Ongoing...


Augelite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Augelite
 Locality:
Tamboras Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sánchez Carrión Province, La Libertad Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 6,5 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,5 cm
Large translucent crystal with a saturated green color pierced by small quartz crystals, some of which are twinned.
MIM number 1556
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
 Viewed:  52192 Time(s)

Augelite - MIM Museum.jpg



Brochantite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Brochantite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 8,5 x 8,0 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,8 cm
Slender dark green crystals with bases covered with emerald green thin whiskers.
MIM number 1564
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  52078 Time(s)

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Wulfenite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Locality:
Nakhlak Mine, Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province, Iran
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 13,0 x 7,0 cm
 Description:
Cristal principal: 1,8 cm

Grupo de cristales brillantes de color rojo vivo que sobresalen de una matriz cuya superficie muestra parches verdes de piromorfita.

Group of shiny bright red crystals protruding from a matrix which surface shows green patches of pyromorphite.

MIM number 1570
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  52067 Time(s)

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Cassiterite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Cassiterite
 Locality:
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 4,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7,0 cm
Single crystal consisting of a prism with square section terminated on both sides by a sharply crystallized pyramid. The crystal is very shiny and exhibits some areas with negative crystal growth.
MIM number 1582
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
 Viewed:  52034 Time(s)

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Nagyagite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Nagyagite
 Locality:
Sacarîmb (Nagyág), Deva, Hunedoara, Romania
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 5,5 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,4 cm
Grey shiny crystals rising from a plate partly covered with small quartz crystals. Some crystals are platy, others are acicular.
MIM number 1583
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  52029 Time(s)

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Malachite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Malachite
 Locality:
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Congo DR (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 7,0 x 11,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,5 cm
Two symmetrical sheaves of brilliant prismatic, slightly curved crystals of primary malachite with a few tiny crystals of cuprite.
MIM number 1589
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  52083 Time(s)

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Fluorapatite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorapatite (Apatite Group)
 Locality:
Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 13,0 x 8,0 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,8 cm
Deep pink sharp and shiny crystals on a matrix of muscovite blades on which several pale blue transparent aquamarine crystals with modified terminations have formed as well.
MIM number 1593
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
 Viewed:  52204 Time(s)

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Borcarite - MIM Museum.jpg
 Mineral: Borcarite
 Locality:
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 3,5 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,3 cm
Aggregate of green-blue translucent lozenge shaped crystals, festooned with several grayish-white cahnite crystals to 3 mm
MIM number 1607
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  52176 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 08, 2014 11:31    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Quel Courage!  

As the FMFers already know, a great, extraordinary, Museum grew almost on its own in a small country located in the center of a traditional conflict zone in this part of the Middle East.

We are familiar with the fact that many of the world's major towns also hold the world's major Museums. It is easy to see in our list of Mineral Exhibits Museums Worldwide names like Washington DC , Dallas, Houston, Denver, London, Paris, Ontario... So it seems to mean that it is necessary for a major Museum to be located in a big city and country…

One day Mr. Salim Edde decided to start a mineral collection with the notion to grow a large collection. As Salim was fortunate to create a successful company he didn’t have the financial restrictions that all we mortals have. Anyway, money is not everything, as is shown by the many names of "famous" collectors whose collections are currently dispersed. To create an extraordinary collection demands a lot of dedication, a lot of time, confidence, read as many books and magazines as possible that provide mineralogical information, see lots of FMF and Mindat ;-), and also have the luck and the wisdom to be able to have the advice of someone whose neutral experience minimizes the inevitable errors of judgment we can all make given the complexity and diversity of the quality of the different mineral species. Also, Salim was lucky to be a mega-buyer in the times when the price of the minerals was not as stratospheric as it is now (Paul Desautels' prophecy has been fulfilled: the top minerals today have prices not so far off the prices of the works of art) and so however much money was spent he was still in time to buy exceptional specimens with "non brutal" prices.

Well, we already have a collector and a collection, but this collection is all wrapped up and stored in boxes. What to do with it? This is where the story gets amazing. Instead of Salim receiving honors, congratulations, and all kinds of collaborations to set up "his" Museum in Paris, he decides that, since he is from Lebanon and that what he wants is the best for his country, he talks with a prestigious Lebanese University and gets a large space in that University, makes a pharaonic investment, creates one of the most technologically advanced Museums, and deposits his mega-collection there. All that may seem simple, but which of us who had such an extraordinary collection as the Salim collection would have the courage to spend a small fortune to create a Museum in a country like Lebanon, full of huge uncertainties, surrounded by neighbors who hate each other, with a number of refugees exceeding 30% of the population of the country, a country that not long ago had a terrible civil war, a country with dozens of different religions, and that from years ago has been oppressed, having to bear the enormous weight of terrible armed conflict around it?

In this short review I will not talk much about minerals MIM (which are great, often better than anyone could imagine), nor about the building of the recognized Saint-Joseph University that has a level of education's quality among the best, nor the inside of the Museum that Salim had built, exceeding the most imaginative concept we may have to create a modern and attractive museum. What I want to talk about is the fact that someone has loved so much his own country to give the best of himself and permanently exhibit what he likes the most, his collection, even knowing full well the great hazards involved and knowing also that the gratitude he will collect is scarce, either from the number of visitors to the Museum and the recognition of the work he has done, especially due also to the limited possibilities of recognition that his country has. Both Lebanese themselves (for the gigantic problems they have) and the worldwide collectors (given the caveats and/or fear that exists for that area of the world) can't give Salim the recognition he deserves.
This post is the result of my recent visit to the MIM and it aims to be a try to help Salim and his team (Suzy Hakimian and Carole Atallah - see her comments below) in their efforts and help them avoid that these efforts are in vain.

I've been in the MIM, I have seen the problems of the wonderful Lebanese people as well as the joy they share, his great gastronomy and his warmly welcome to the foreigners. I have seen the enthusiasm and love of Salim for his minerals and collection, and, as I am not Salim's advisor at all and that I have not a big relationship through trades with him that can force me to give him extra credit, I honestly say that the MIM Museum is an superhuman effort and an act of great value that deserves to be recognized worldwide. Given the availability, time and opportunities that each one could have, if one day you can visit this Museum, the visit will be a visit you will never forget and I am sure that like me, it will touch your heart.

Quel Courage!


I copy below a very nice addition from Carole Atallah:


Warning: visiting Lebanon is very dangerous, you could develop an addiction to this country!
Addicted to Lebanon? A country with security issues, we hear constantly on the news, about the assassinations, the kidnapping of soldiers, the ongoing war at the northern frontier with the Islamic State, and so on. How could someone even think of traveling to such a country?
That is one side of the story.
The other side of it is about the Lebanese population, their love to their country, their hospitality with foreigners. Their faith in a country where they invest, always looking for ideas to promote it. One example would be the International Festivals that took place in Byblos, Beiteddine, Baalbak, during summer 2014, hosting Yanni, the legendary Greek composer and performer, Epica, the Dutch symphonic metal band, Stromae, the Belgian born singer and songwriter, Joss Stone, the English soul singer-songwriter. And that is a short list of the performing artists at those festivals.
The other side of the story is also about the outings, pubs, bars, and night clubs. At Uruguay Street, a pedestrian street of Downtown Beirut, different generations, from different religious communities, hang out for a drink, while listening to local bands and DJ’s. As for the Sky Bar, White and B018, they host International DJ’s. And yes, you will see people dancing on the tables at those night clubs.
The story is about the good food, the Lebanese mezze, where you can have 20 (and even more) different dishes to share, each one better than the other, a gourmet delight! And never forget to keep some space for the desert!
The story of Lebanon is also about the ecological trails that different NGO’s have started to implement. It is about the historical buildings, the archaeological sites, and the long history of a country that have traveled through time, and civilizations.
It is the story of contradictions, the story of extremes.
Yes, you are right; you can find all of the above in other countries, safer than Lebanon. Why take the risk and go there? Because it is all about feeling alive, experiencing Lebanon, and getting addicted to it!
At MIM, we have nicknamed one of Salim’s stones (a Baryte) the Blue Cedar. Blue being the color of hope, Cedar, Cedrus Libani, the emblem of Lebanon!

Carole Atallah



I know, I know FMFers, you are looking for the minerals... Well, you have many upside! ;-)

OK, I will graciously invite you to two video promenades inside this magic Museum:
















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_Let me start the images with something that everybody expects to see when visiting Beirut, the Mosque!
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_Beirut is not an old, decadent city, some parts are modern and all around you can see new buildings being built...
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_...and some parts still are a kind of old style, so "a mix" could be a good word to describe this city.
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_But I know you expect more, the Museum ;-)
Here you have his wonderful entry...
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MIM Museum Beirut Lebanon - Salim Edde 1.jpg
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_...and here you have Mr. Salim Edde...
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MIM Museum Beirut Lebanon - Salim Edde 2.jpg
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_...always working...
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MIM Museum Beirut Lebanon - Salim Edde and Suzy Hakimian.jpg
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_...or giving instructions to Suzy Hakimian...
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MIM Museum Beirut Lebanon - Salim Edde with Suzy Hakimian and Carole Atallah.jpg
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_...with some time for relax with Suzy Hakimian and Carole Atallah.
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MIM Museum Beirut Lebanon - The cheery Carole Atallah.jpg
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_And talking about Carole Atallah, here she is! ;-)
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_Much better photos of the minerals than the photos I can do were already published in this thread, and many more will be published, so, aside from the two videos I took, I prefer to add just some shots of the show cases in order to show how they look.
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MIM Museum Beirut Lebanon - The Collection 1.jpg
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_Like small stars shining in the dark
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_Do you want a large amazonite? a kunzite? ;-)
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_A lot of rocks!
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 Description:
_And to finish this slight promenade for the MIM Museum, let me add the flyers they have as well as the booklet of the Saint-Joseph University with the insertion of the MIM Museum in the University general description.

This is the front side of the main flyer
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MIM Museum Beirut Lebanon - Flyer 2.jpg
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_Back side of the main flyer
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MIM Museum Beirut Lebanon - Flyer 3.jpg
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_Front side of another flyer
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_Back side
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_And the front page of the Saint-Joseph University booklet...
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MIM Museum Beirut Lebanon - Universite Saint-Joseph inside.jpg
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_...with the MIM Museum addition inside.
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MIM Museum Beirut Lebanon - The Collection - Dancing Silver.jpg
 Description:
_Thanks to Salim, Suzy and Carole for the help to improve my text as well as to James Catmur to revise my confusing English language! ;-)

And...thanks again to Carole for her indefatigable patience answering my numerous questions about Lebanon.
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PostPosted: Oct 17, 2014 15:10    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Today I had the chance to visit the MIM museum for the first time. Salim Eddé was out of town and I was warmly greeted by Suzy Hakimian who gave me a small tour of the museum.
Until the official inauguration last year and the laudatory comments in this Forum, I did not even know who was Salim Eddé.
Of course after reading some posts are browsing some pictures I quickly realized that what Salim was doing was pretty much unique in the minerals collector's world.
He was actually opening his outstanding collection to the public by creating from scratch a private museum. And guess where? In the last place where you want to take the risk to open a mineral museum, his hometown, Beirut.
Getting into the MIM museum in a chaotic city like Beirut is such an oddity.
If you happen to fly between Europe and Asia, make a stopover in Beirut to visit this museum.
And if you are not flying between Europe and Asia, plan a trip to Beirut.
And when you are done with the museum, there are many other ways to escape from the chaos - drop me a mail and I will give you some tips.
Gérard



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_"Nice drawings" According to Suzy Hakimian it's quite common to hear that comment when standing next to the tourmaline slabs display.
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PostPosted: Dec 21, 2014 15:04    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 6  

A new gift from Salim, Carole, Suzy and the Lebanese people, which is the lucky recipient of this wonderful collection.


Calcite on Quartz amethyst - Artigas_Uruguay-759.jpg.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite on Quartz (var. amethyst)
 Locality:
Artigas Department, Uruguay
 Dimensions: 23.0 x 21.0 x 40.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5.8 cm
Perfect butterfly twin set inside a geode carpeted in amethyst
MIM number 759
Photographer: AINU/Alessandro Clemenza
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Andrewsite-Wheal Phoenix_England_UK-763.jpg.jpg
 Mineral: Andrewsite with Rockbridgeite and Hentschelite
 Locality:
Wheal Phoenix, Phoenix United Mine, Minions, Linkinhorne, Liskeard District, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm
 Description:
Fibro-radial aggregates of greenish rockbridgeite and hentschelite crystals
MIM number 763
Photographer: AINU/Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  49301 Time(s)

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Ulexite-Boron Open Pit Mine_Boron_California_USA-798.jpg.jpg
 Mineral: Ulexite
 Locality:
U.S. Borax open pit (Boron pit), U.S. Borax Mine, Kramer Borate Deposit, Boron, Kramer District, Kern County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.0 x 18.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 14.5 cm
White fibrous aggregate on a gangue with small, amber-colored calcite crystals
MIM number 798
Photographer: AINU/Alessandro Clemenza
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Benitoite - Benitoite Gem Mine_San Benito County_California,_USA -846.jpg.jpg
 Mineral: Benitoite, Neptunite and Joaquinite
 Locality:
California State Gem Mine (Benitoite Gem Mine), Dallas Gem Mine area, San Benito River headwaters area, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 51.0 x 35.0 x 12.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.8 cm
Sheet of sharp-edged blue crystals cleared of the natrolite with some neptunites (maximum size 25mm) and joaquinites (maximum size 2mm)
MIM number 846
Photographer: AINU/Alessandro Clemenza
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Xenotime-Zagi_Pakistan-873.JPG.JPG
 Mineral: Xenotime-(Y)
 Locality:
Zagi Mountain, Hameed Abad Kafoor Dheri, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.0 x 5.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.3 cm
Perfect, translucent, brown quadratic prism, with a crystal stub at the base forming a twin.
MIM number 873
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
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 Mineral: Xenotime-(Y)
 Locality:
Zagi Mountain, Hameed Abad Kafoor Dheri, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.0 x 5.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.3 cm
Perfect, translucent, brown quadratic prism, with a crystal stub at the base forming a twin.
MIM number 873
Photographer: AINU/Alessandro Clemenza
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PostPosted: Dec 26, 2014 13:13    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 7  




Scorodite-Mina Noche Buena_Zacatecas_Mexico_908.jpg
 Mineral: Scorodite
 Locality:
Noche Buena Mine, Noche Buena, Municipio Mazapil, Zacatecas, Mexico
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.0 x 5.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1.2 cm
Well formed green-blue crystals on a brown gangue
MIM number 908
Photographer: AINU/Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  49179 Time(s)

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Malachite-Mina El Cobre_Concepcion del Oro_Zacatecas_Mexico-948.jpg
 Mineral: Malachite
 Locality:
El Cobre Mine, Concepción del Oro, Municipio Concepción del Oro, Zacatecas, Mexico
 Dimensions: 12.5 x 8.5 x 12.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 10.5 cm
Large, green crystal of azurite in pseudomorphosis; small adventitious quartz crystals
MIM number 948
Photographer: AINU/Augustin de Valence
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Gold-Alta Floresta District_Juruena-Teles Pires Mineral Province_Mato Grosso, Brazil-993.jpg
 Mineral: Gold
 Locality:
Alta Floresta District, Juruena-Teles Pires Mineral Province, Mato Grosso, Brazil
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.5 x 5.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5.3 cm
Alluvial nugget with a hopper face and the other face made up of rounded crystals
MIM number 993
Photographer: AINU/Augustin de Valence
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Spinel-Pein-Pyit_Mogok_Pyin-Oo-Lwin District_Mandalay Division-1021.jpg
 Mineral: Spinel
 Locality:
Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma
 Dimensions: 11.0 x 10.5 x 4.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5.2 cm
Red, sharp-edged crystal well set apart from its marble matrix on both sides
MIM number 1021
Photographer: AINU/Augustin de Valence
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Jeremejevite-Ameib Farm 60_Usakos_Karibib District_Erongo Region_Namibia-1056.jpg
 Mineral: Jeremejevite
 Locality:
Ameib Farm 60 (Ameib Farm), Usakos, Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 7.0 x 7.0 x 12.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7.7 cm
Sharp-edged, transparent, lustrous blue-purple crystal in the form of a spindle with a hexagonal section
MIM number 1056
Photographer: AINU/Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  48932 Time(s)

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Jeremejevite-Ameib Farm 60_Usakos_Karibib District_Erongo Region_Namibia-1056-1.jpg
 Mineral: Jeremejevite
 Locality:
Ameib Farm 60 (Ameib Farm), Usakos, Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 7.0 x 7.0 x 12.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7.7 cm
Sharp-edged, transparent, lustrous blue-purple crystal in the form of a spindle with a hexagonal section
MIM number 1056
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  48967 Time(s)

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Jeremejevite-Ameib Farm 60_Usakos_Karibib District_Erongo Region_Namibia-1056-2.jpg
 Mineral: Jeremejevite
 Locality:
Ameib Farm 60 (Ameib Farm), Usakos, Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 7.0 x 7.0 x 12.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7.7 cm
Sharp-edged, transparent, lustrous blue-purple crystal in the form of a spindle with a hexagonal section
MIM number 1056
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  49182 Time(s)

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Cerussite-Tsumeb Mine_Tsumeb_Otjikoto Region_Namibia-1082.jpg
 Mineral: Cerussite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 24.0 x 16.0 x 6.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 11.0 cm
Well formed reticulated crystal in a snowflake form
MIM number 1082
Photographer: AINU/Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  48967 Time(s)

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Cerussite-Tsumeb Mine_Tsumeb_Otjikoto Region_Namibia-1082-1.jpg
 Mineral: Cerussite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 24.0 x 16.0 x 6.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 11.0 cm
Well formed reticulated crystal in a snowflake form
MIM number 1082
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  48937 Time(s)

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Cerussite-Tsumeb Mine_Tsumeb_Otjikoto Region_Namibia-1082-2.jpg
 Mineral: Cerussite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 24.0 x 16.0 x 6.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 11.0 cm
Well formed reticulated crystal in a snowflake form
MIM number 1082
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  49008 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 26, 2014 14:50    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 8  

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Pezzottaite - Sakavalana Mine_Ambatovita_Mandrosonoro Commune_Ambatofinandrahana District_Amoron'i Mania Region_Fianarantsoa Province_Madagascar-1122.jpg
 Mineral: Pezzottaite
 Locality:
Sakavalana Mine, Ambatovita, Mandrosonoro, Ambatofinandrahana District, Amoron'i Mania Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 5.0 x 3.5 x 8.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7.8 cm
Large, translucent, very dichroic red/pink-fuschia crystal, relatively complete with lateral structure in auto-epitaxic layers
MIM number 1122
Photographer: AINU/Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  49182 Time(s)

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Topaz-Dassu_Braldu Valley_Skardu District_Baltistan_Gilgit-Baltistan_Pakistan-1158.JPG
 Mineral: Topaz
 Locality:
Dassu, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 5.0 x 6.0 x 6.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4.9 cm
Perfectly double terminated, limpid, light champagne-colored crystal, brilliant and rich in facets, flanked by an altered green fluorite crystal with strips of albite--the whole on a base made up of a smaller, almost colorless topaz crystal
MIM number 1158
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  49049 Time(s)

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Topaz-Dassu_Braldu Valley_Skardu District_Baltistan_Gilgit-Baltistan_Pakistan-1158-2.jpg
 Mineral: Topaz
 Locality:
Dassu, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 5.0 x 6.0 x 6.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4.9 cm
Perfectly double terminated, limpid, light champagne-colored crystal, brilliant and rich in facets, flanked by an altered green fluorite crystal with strips of albite--the whole on a base made up of a smaller, almost colorless topaz crystal
MIM number 1158
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  48965 Time(s)

Topaz-Dassu_Braldu Valley_Skardu District_Baltistan_Gilgit-Baltistan_Pakistan-1158-2.jpg



Topaz-Dassu_Braldu Valley_Skardu District_Baltistan_Gilgit-Baltistan_Pakistan-1158-1.jpg
 Mineral: Topaz
 Locality:
Dassu, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 5.0 x 6.0 x 6.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4.9 cm
Perfectly double terminated, limpid, light champagne-colored crystal, brilliant and rich in facets, flanked by an altered green fluorite crystal with strips of albite--the whole on a base made up of a smaller, almost colorless topaz crystal
MIM number 1158
Photographer: Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  48924 Time(s)

Topaz-Dassu_Braldu Valley_Skardu District_Baltistan_Gilgit-Baltistan_Pakistan-1158-1.jpg



Serandite-Poudrette Quarry_Mont Saint-Hilaire_La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM_Montérégie_Québec_Canada-1183.jpg
 Mineral: Serandite, Analcime, Natrolite and Neptunite
 Locality:
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.5 x 8.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4.6 cm
Prismatic crystal topped with smaller intact crystals in a nice orangey color, with the side and the back covered in crystals of analcime (the largest measuring 3.4 cm), natrolite and a little neptunite that has been slightly altered.
MIM number 1183
Photographer: AINU/Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  48891 Time(s)

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Serandite-Poudrette Quarry_Mont Saint-Hilaire_La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM_Montérégie_Québec_Canada-1183-1.jpg
 Mineral: Serandite, Analcime, Natrolite and Neptunite
 Locality:
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.5 x 8.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4.6 cm
Prismatic crystal topped with smaller intact crystals in a nice orangey color, with the side and the back covered in crystals of analcime (the largest measuring 3.4 cm), natrolite and a little neptunite that has been slightly altered.
MIM number 1183
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  48988 Time(s)

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Beryl_var._goshenite-Pingwu Mine_Huya_Mount Xuebaoding_Pingwu County_Mianyang Prefecture_Sichuan Province_China-1236.jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (var. goshenite) with Schorl inclusions
 Locality:
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 10.0 x 3.5 x 7.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 8.4 cm
Brilliant, colorless and very sharp-edged, flattened cystal on a small strip of matrix, transpierced in the interior by fine schorl needles emanating from the matrixMIM number 1236Photographer: AINU/Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  48947 Time(s)

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Beryl_var._morganite-Stak Nala_Haramosh Mountains_Skardu District_Baltistan_Gilgit-Baltistan_Pakistan-1236.jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (var. morganite) with Tourmaline
 Locality:
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 5.0 x 3.5 x 4.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.7 cm
Perfectly formed and very richly faceted, light pink, transparent crystal, pierced through by a tourmaline of 4.6 cm with a dark greenish-black heart and a colorless summit
MIM number 1263
Photographer: AINU/Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  48974 Time(s)

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Dioptase-M'Fouati_M'Fouati District_Bouenza Department_Congo-1333.jpg
 Mineral: Dioptase on Wulfenite and with Azurite
 Locality:
M'Fouati, M'Fouati District, Bouenza Department, Republic of the Congo
 Dimensions: 4.0 x 4.0 x 5.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.0 cm
Floating ensemble of two large crystals in a V with a little azurite at the base. The ensemble is completely intact and was recovered from the mine as it is, covered with mud at the base that was merely hosed off .MIM number 1333Photographer: AINU/Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  48979 Time(s)

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Helvine-Huanggang Mines_Hexigten Banner_Ulanhad_Inner Mongolia A.R._China-1371.jpg
 Mineral: Helvine and Quartz
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 20.0 x 12.0 x 14.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4.0 cm
Plate of translucent white quartz needles, at the ends of which have developed stacks of polysynthetic tetrahedrons of very brilliant brown helvite
MIM number 1371
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  48955 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 27, 2014 15:52    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 9  

This post is the final of this batch of images. It is sad, but keep the hope of the next batch as well as the immense pleasure to watch the downloaded images! ;-)


Phenakite-Salistone Mine_Jos Plateau_Plateau State_Nigeria-1295.jpg
 Mineral: Phenakite
 Locality:
Salistone Mine (Okuta-didan Mine), Jos Plateau, Plateau State, Nigeria
 Dimensions: 5.0 x 3.0 x 6.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5.7 cm
Apparently floating, entirely transparent, colorless crystal with some trigonal-system faces and a surface tiled in geometric motifs
MIM number 1295
Photographer: Joe Budd
 Viewed:  49252 Time(s)

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Phenakite-Salistone Mine_Jos Plateau_Plateau State_Nigeria-1295-1.jpg
 Mineral: Phenakite
 Locality:
Salistone Mine (Okuta-didan Mine), Jos Plateau, Plateau State, Nigeria
 Dimensions: 5.0 x 3.0 x 6.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5.7 cm
Apparently floating, entirely transparent, colorless crystal with some trigonal-system faces and a surface tiled in geometric motifs
MIM number 1295
Photographer: AINU/Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  48945 Time(s)

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Fluorite-Rosiclare level_Denton Mine_Goose Creek Mine Group_Harris Creek Sub-District_Hardin County_Illinois_USA-1441.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Denton Mine, Rosiclare level, Goose Creek Mine group, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 10.8 x 5.5 x 5.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7.9 cm
Two parallel crystals separated by a smaller crystal; each large crystal has a violet-colored inner "ghost" and an inclusion at the center that gives the observer the impression of being watched by a pair of eyes!
MIM number 1441
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  49157 Time(s)

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Fluorite-Rosiclare level_Denton Mine_Goose Creek Mine Group_Harris Creek Sub-District_Hardin County_Illinois_USA-1441-1.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Denton Mine, Rosiclare level, Goose Creek Mine group, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 10.8 x 5.5 x 5.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7.9 cm
Two parallel crystals separated by a smaller crystal; each large crystal has a violet-colored inner "ghost" and an inclusion at the center that gives the observer the impression of being watched by a pair of eyes!
MIM number 1441
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  59746 Time(s)

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Fluorite-Rosiclare level_Denton Mine_Goose Creek Mine Group_Harris Creek Sub-District_Hardin County_Illinois_USA-1441-2.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Denton Mine, Rosiclare level, Goose Creek Mine group, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 10.8 x 5.5 x 5.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7.9 cm
Two parallel crystals separated by a smaller crystal; each large crystal has a violet-colored inner "ghost" and an inclusion at the center that gives the observer the impression of being watched by a pair of eyes!
MIM number 1441
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  48905 Time(s)

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Celestine-Maybee Quarry_Maybee_Monroe County_Michigan_USA-1517.jpg
 Mineral: Celestine
 Locality:
Maybee Quarry, Maybee, Monroe County, Michigan, USA
 Dimensions: Main crystal size: 8.0 cm
 Description:
Several translucent blue-gray parallel crystals with clean terminations having developed on a thin matrix
MIM number 1517
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  49003 Time(s)

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Augelite-Tamboras Mine_Mundo Nuevo_Huamachuco_Sanchez Carrión Province_La Libertad Department_Peru-1554.jpg
 Mineral: Augelite
 Locality:
Tamboras Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sánchez Carrión Province, La Libertad Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 6.0 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2.5 cm
Group of stout parallel green and translucent crystals pierced by small quartz crystals, some of which are twinned
MIM number 1554
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  48813 Time(s)

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Hübnerite-Mundo Nuevo mining area_Mundo Nuevo_Huamachuco_Sanchez Carrion Province_La Libertad Department_Peru-1588.jpg
 Mineral: Hübnerite on Quartz
 Locality:
Mundo Nuevo mining area, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sánchez Carrión Province, La Libertad Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.0 x 7.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4.5 cm
Intact, shiny and black crystals with a rectangular prismatic shape growing on a matrix of colorless quartz needles
MIM number 1588
Photographer: AINU/Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  48704 Time(s)

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Hübnerite-Mundo Nuevo mining area_Mundo Nuevo_Huamachuco_Sanchez Carrion Province_La Libertad Department_Peru-1588-1.jpg
 Mineral: Hübnerite on Quartz
 Locality:
Mundo Nuevo mining area, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sánchez Carrión Province, La Libertad Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.0 x 7.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4.5 cm
Intact, shiny and black crystals with a rectangular prismatic shape growing on a matrix of colorless quartz needlesMIM number 1588Photographer: AINU/Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  48772 Time(s)

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Bobdownsite-Big Fish River_Dawson Mining District_Yukon Territory_Canada-1592.jpg
 Mineral: Bobdownsite
 Locality:
Big Fish River, Dawson Mining District, Yukon Territory, Canada
 Dimensions: 7.0 x 6.0 x 2.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2.4 cm
Flat shiny slightly bluish crystal half ensconced in its matrix
MIM number 1592
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  48768 Time(s)

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Clintonite-Crestmore Quarries_Crestmore_Riverside County_California_USA-1602.jpg
 Mineral: Clintonite
 Locality:
Crestmore Quarries, Crestmore, Riverside County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 10.0 x 10.5 x 4.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.2 cm
Matrix covered with standing sharp and flat hexagonal prisms. These crystals are slightly translucent with a beautiful emerald green color.
MIM number 1602
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  48910 Time(s)

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Clintonite-Crestmore Quarries_Crestmore_Riverside County_California_USA-1602-1.jpg
 Mineral: Clintonite
 Locality:
Crestmore Quarries, Crestmore, Riverside County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 10.0 x 10.5 x 4.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.2 cm
Matrix covered with standing sharp and flat hexagonal prisms. These crystals are slightly translucent with a beautiful emerald green color.
MIM number 1602
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  48811 Time(s)

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Clintonite-Crestmore Quarries_Crestmore_Riverside County_California_USA-1602-2.jpg
 Mineral: Clintonite
 Locality:
Crestmore Quarries, Crestmore, Riverside County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 10.0 x 10.5 x 4.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.2 cm
Matrix covered with standing sharp and flat hexagonal prisms. These crystals are slightly translucent with a beautiful emerald green color.
MIM number 1602
Photographer: FMI/James Elliott
 Viewed:  48953 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jul 31, 2015 12:49    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 10  

Time to enjoy again!


123.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite on Quartz (variety smoky quartz)
 Locality:
Tour Noir Glacier, Bassin d'Argentière, Mont Blanc, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
 Dimensions: 20,0 x 18,0 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,1 cm
Red octahedrons on a matrix of naturally corroded smoky quartz crystals
MIM number 123
Photographer:Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41598 Time(s)

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124.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Bigrigg Mine, Bigrigg, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 9,5 x 6,0 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,0 cm
Colorless, transparent crystals in hexagonal prisms with pointed ends on limonite
MIM number 124
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41625 Time(s)

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135.jpg
 Mineral: Inesite
 Locality:
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 7,5 x 6,5 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size:1,2 cm
Tufts of red, lamellar crystals on a thin, flat gangue
MIM number135
Photographer:Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41579 Time(s)

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153.jpg
 Mineral: Spodumene
 Locality:
Fazenda Anglo, Itambacuri, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 30,0 x 12,0 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 29,0 cm
Very transparent, pleochroic, trapezoidal, double terminated crystal with inclusions of fine hairs of rutile at the edges
MIM number 153
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41622 Time(s)

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163.jpg
 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
Sweet Home Mine, Good Luck pocket, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado, USA
 Dimensions: 14,5 x 11,0 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,0 cm
Large, transparent red crystals on a matrix of tetrahedrite; a rather sharp-edged, transparent crystal
MIM number 163
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41535 Time(s)

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176.jpg
 Mineral: Proustite
 Locality:
Dolores Tercera Mine, Chañarcillo, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile
 Dimensions: 5,5 x 2,0 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,5 cm
Large, transparent red crystal with a little side tabular crystal, the upper portion well terminated
MIM number 176
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41592 Time(s)

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182.jpg
 Mineral: Corundum
 Locality:
Morogoro Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 5,5 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,0 cm
Hexagonal, keg-shaped prism with transparent red termination on a gangue of translucent violet-pink corundum; a little graphite
MIM number 182
Photographer: James Elliott (Fine Minerals International)
 Viewed:  41632 Time(s)

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237.jpg
 Mineral: Manganite
 Locality:
Ilfeld, Nordhausen, Harz, Thuringia/Thüringen, Germany
 Dimensions: 17,0 x 12,0 x 11,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,2 cm
Large, lustrous, striated black crystals exhibiting very little cleavage
MIM number 237
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41496 Time(s)

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346.jpg
 Mineral: Pyrite
 Locality:
Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 14,0 x 11,5 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size (cm) : 5,1
Intact, smooth, complex octahedron, very brilliant and perched on a block of equally brilliant polyhedral crystals
MIM number 346
Photographer : James Elliott (Fine Minerals International)
 Viewed:  41593 Time(s)

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412.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety smoky quartz) on Calcite
 Locality:
Aiguille de Talèfre, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
 Dimensions: 16,0 x 10,0 x 7,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 9,3 cm
Limpid, perfectly formed gwindel on a floating calcite matrix. This piece was found by the crystal cutters Dominique Feray and Jean-François Astier, accompanied by Gilles Trousselier in a “furnace” at the Pointe de Talèfre (3700 meters). It comes from a furnace located at the base of an overhang difficult to reach.
MIM number 412
Photographer: James Elliott (Fine Minerals International)
 Viewed:  41708 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jul 31, 2015 15:16    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Stunning specimens.
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PostPosted: Jul 31, 2015 17:29    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 11  

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416.jpg
 Mineral: Fresnoite
 Locality:
Junnila Mine, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 2,5 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,2 cm
Two apricot-colored interpenetrated crystals exhibiting clear hemihedrism on quartz
MIM number 416
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41392 Time(s)

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481.jpg
 Mineral: Vesuvianite
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 14,0 x 9,5 x 8,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,0 cm
Mass of brilliant green crystals with a rather large crystal
MIM number 481
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41378 Time(s)

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495.jpg
 Mineral: Whewellite
 Locality:
Shaft 371, 1395 level, Schlema-Hartenstein District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: 17,0 x 10,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 17,8 cm
Intact double twin, of a beautiful pearly white, and in a V-shape like the tip of a shovel
Mim number 495
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41386 Time(s)

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544.jpg
 Mineral: Vesuvianite
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 6,0 x 11,0 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,8 cm
Opaque emerald green crystal with flat termination on a white gangue
Mim number 544
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41432 Time(s)

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643.jpg
 Mineral: Manganite
 Locality:
Ilfeld, Nordhausen, Harz, Thuringia/Thüringen, Germany
 Dimensions: 9,5 x 8,0 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,5 cm
Bush of long, brilliant and striated crystals
Mim number 643
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41373 Time(s)

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648.jpg
 Mineral: Lazurite
 Locality:
Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 8,0 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 6,0 cm
Well formed, deep blue crystal on a white gangue with few inclusions of calcite and pyrite
MIM number 648
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41434 Time(s)

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694.jpg
 Mineral: Scheelite
 Locality:
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 26,0 x 15,0 x 9,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 9,3 cm
4 intact and perfectly developed crystals of an orange-gray color--coloration changes considerably according to lighting--on a matrix covered in muscovite
MIM number 694
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41479 Time(s)

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695.jpg
 Mineral: Rutile
 Locality:
Tétikanana, Ambatofinandrahana, Ambatofinandrahana District, Amoron'i Mania Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 9,5 x 3,0 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 6,0 cm
Quasi-cylindrical, red double terminated crystal covered with black and very brilliant hexagonal tablets of hematite (3.2cm maximum) developed in epitaxy on the rutile branches resulting from this crystal
MIM number 695
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41470 Time(s)

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696.jpg
 Mineral: Lead
 Locality:
Långban, Filipstad, Värmland, Sweden
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 6,5 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 3,0 cm
Aggregate of dodecahedrons and octahedrons, very well formed for the species, with a little pyrochroite
MIM number 696
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41403 Time(s)

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697.jpg
 Mineral: Smithsonite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 14,0 x 10,0 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 0,9 cm
Plate carpeted with small translucent rhombohedrons, bright blue-green and well detached
MIM number 697
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  41482 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Aug 02, 2015 11:35    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 12  

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216.jpg
 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 26,5 x 18,0 x 11,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,5 cm
Thick matrix of manganite with the upper face covered by tufts of scalenohedrons in a beautiful, transparent red color
MIM number 216
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  42282 Time(s)

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682.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite on Quartz (variety quartz amethyst)
 Locality:
Artigas Department, Uruguay
 Dimensions: 30,0 x 20,0 x 30,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 28,0 cm
Large, intact, translucent yellow scalenohedron, the base of which is surrounded by several intact amethyst points
MIM number 682
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  41104 Time(s)

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683.jpg
 Mineral: Doubly terminated Quartz with Chlorite inclusions
 Locality:
Diamantina, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 28,5 x 3,5 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size:28,1 cm
Colorless double terminated crystal with chlorite inclusions; the sample is in its natural state and has not been polished
MIM number 683
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  41104 Time(s)

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684.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz with Chlorite inclusions
 Locality:
Diamantina, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 14,5 x 6,5 x 2,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size:15,2 cm
Colorless crystal with clay and chlorite inclusions; the sample is in its natural state and has not been polished
MIM number 684
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  41094 Time(s)

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685.jpg
 Mineral: Acanthite
 Locality:
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Drâa Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 20,0 x 13,0 x 8,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,8 cm
Group of octahedrons with slightly rounded edges in pseudomorphosis of argentite, a dull gray color with some twinned crystals and traces of calcite
MIM number 685
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  41114 Time(s)

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686.jpg
 Mineral: Scolecite
 Locality:
Nashik District (Nasik), Maharashtra, India
 Dimensions: 36,0 x 19,0 x 14,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 25,0 cm
Two head-to-toe sheaves of well terminated white crystals
MIM number 686
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  41053 Time(s)

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687.jpg
 Mineral: Cumengeite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 3,0 x 3,0 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,7 cm
Intact, brilliant crystal formed of 6 points developed on a central crystal of boleite, with striking dissymmetry between the various points
MIM number 687
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  41064 Time(s)

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688.jpg
 Mineral: Pyrargyrite
 Locality:
Mina Chispas, Arizpe, Municipio de Arizpe, Sonora, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 15,0 x 15,5 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,9 cm
Large, brilliant, translucent crystals in a beautiful red, with flat summits, on a thin matrix covered with needles of quartz, sulfides and small crystals of barytine
MIM number 688
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  41103 Time(s)

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689.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Bigrigg Mine, Bigrigg, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 10,0 x 13,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7,2 cm
Perfect, transparent twinned crystal in a heart shape with one very brilliant face, set on a thin brown gangue covered on both sides in small, intact non-twinned calcite crystals
MIM number 689
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  41042 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Zircon
 Locality:
Katukubura Hills, Kolonne, Embilipitiya, Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
 Dimensions: 4,5 x 2,5 x 2,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,1 cm
Perfect twin measuring 4.1cm wide, made of 2 translucent, green sharp-edged crystals with internal growth patterns in phantoms
MIM number 690
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  41114 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Aug 02, 2015 12:48    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Breathtaking specimens!!! ... The sizes of them, really incredible!
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PostPosted: Aug 07, 2015 16:49    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 13  

Images of the Collection / 13


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 Mineral: Painite with Corundum
 Locality:
Ohngaing, Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma
 Dimensions: 9,5 x 5,0 x 8,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,0 cm
Block of shiny brown needles on limonite with some translucent points; a small ruby of 1cm
MIM number 691
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  40753 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Cumengeite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1,5 x 1,5 x 1,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,2 cm
Small, pure cumengite single crystal without boleite, elongated without side points
MIM number 692
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  40603 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Isokite
 Locality:
Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
 Dimensions: 6,0 x 5,0 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 3,5 cm
Two pale green, intact and well-formed prisms on small magnesite crystals
MIM number 698
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  40660 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Shigaite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 4,5 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,5 cm
Two golden rosettes on micro-crystallized, pastel pink rhodochrosite
MIM number 699
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  40669 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Hematite with Calcite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 11,0 x 7,5 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,9 cm
Brilliant, truncated and well crystallized scalenohedrons on a matrix containing calcite, barytine, and a pale ettringite of 1.9cm
MIM number 700
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  40704 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Milarite
 Locality:
Burg Hut - Fiescher Glacier area, Fiesch, Goms, Wallis (Valais), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 4,0 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 5,9 cm
Large, intact, sharp-edged, white hexagonal prism, the upper portion partially covered with green chlorite
MIM number 701
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  40677 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite and Sphalerite
 Locality:
Großschirma, Freiberg District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: 20,5 x 11,0 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 5,5 cm
Transparent yellow-orange cubes on a massive sphalerite gangue
MIM number 702
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  40689 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Chrysoberyl
 Locality:
Pancas, Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 18,5 x 15,0 x 24,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 23,5 cm
Enormous, practically intact twin in a V-shape with a translucent upper part in amber-green. The pegmatite in which this sample was found is 600 million years old.
MIM number 703
Photographer : James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  40675 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Magnesite
 Locality:
Pomba Pit, Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
 Dimensions: 12,5 x 12,5 x 15,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 12,8 cm
Intact, colorless and transparent interpenetrating twins
MIM number 704
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  40778 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Sulfur
 Locality:
Cozzo Disi Mine, Casteltermini, Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily, Italy
 Dimensions: 10,5 x 10,0 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 5,7 cm
Two perfect yellow crystals side by side on the edges of a sheet of micro-crystallized aragonite
MIM number 705
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  40698 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Aug 08, 2015 06:05    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

The orange fluorite from Freiberg and the Sicilian sulfur!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
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