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PostPosted: Nov 23, 2015 17:21    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

That is very kind of you, Mr. Edde'! Thank you for your kind offer. Cedars and birding would be most welcome enticements in addition to the primary purpose--seeing the fine minerals you hand selected for the museum. And, as Frank points out, the food would be a further attraction for me. How's the falafel? Yum! I hope to see you in Tucson this coming year!

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PostPosted: Nov 28, 2015 14:54    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 40  

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999.jpg
 Mineral: Helvine
 Locality:
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 8,5 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,0 cm
Sharp-edged, translucent, amber-colored crystals on a bed of small crystals of orthoclase and fluorite
MIM number 999
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  28020 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Helvine
 Locality:
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
 Dimensions: 20,5 x 10,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,8 cm
Plate covered on one face by several brown, opaque, sharp-edged crystals and some spessartines
MIM number 1000
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  28073 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Sulphur
 Locality:
Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily, Italy
 Dimensions: 28,0 x 17,0 x 11,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,6 cm
Plate covered on one face with translucent, well formed crystals with tar inclusions
MIM number 1001
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  28196 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Copper
 Locality:
Pewabic Lode, Houghton County, Michigan, USA
 Dimensions: 16,0 x 9,5 x 17,0 cm
 Description:
Grouping of well defined flat twinned crystals
MIM number 1002
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  28073 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Copper
 Locality:
Fissure veins, Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA
 Dimensions: 25,5 x 15,0 x 18,0 cm
 Description:
Plate containing some perfect cubic crystals, some hoppered crystals and twins, etc
MIM number 1003
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  28093 Time(s)

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1004.jpg
 Mineral: Franklinite
 Locality:
Furnace Quarry, Franklin Marble, Franklin, Franklin Mining District, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
 Dimensions: 15,5 x 10,0 x 14,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,0 cm
Rounded, lustrous, black octahedrons on massive calcite
MIM number 1004
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  28077 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 9,0 x 8,0 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,0 cm
First generation of pointed crystals on which a second generation of flattened crystals has developed
MIM number 1005
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  28180 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Boomerang Mine, Mount Kelly, Gunpowder District, Queensland, Australia
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 7,0 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,2 cm
Floating rosette of rather smooth, sharp-edged crystals
MIM number 1006
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  28057 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Siderite
 Locality:
Saint-Pierre-de-Msage, Vizille, Grenoble, Isre, Auvergne-Rhne-Alpes, France
 Dimensions: 24,0 x 16,5 x 13,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 9,6 cm
Sharp-edged, dark green rhombohedrons with small, limpid quartz crystals in the form of a scepter
MIM number 1008
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  28063 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Siderite
 Locality:
Saint-Pierre-de-Msage, Vizille, Grenoble, Isre, Auvergne-Rhne-Alpes, France
 Dimensions: 23,0 x 22,0 x 12,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 16,0 cm
Floating group of dark green, sharp-edged, polysynthetic rhombohedrons with iridescence
MIM number 1009
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  28028 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Nov 29, 2015 07:55    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

As usual, outstanding quality! My favourite among the recently published specimens is the simply perfect, 28 cm (!!!) Sicilian sulphur with its well-defined, nearly gemmy crystals isolated on contrasting rock - one of the most aesthetic mineral specimens I've seen so far!

Thanks for sharing these treasures with us, regards
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PostPosted: Nov 29, 2015 08:43    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

All great specimens including the Sicilian sulfur. But I have a question about that specimen and, for that matter, about all recently acquired museum Italian sulfur specimens.

I had read that some years ago a clever fakery artist had faked some very hi end examples by putting pieces of correct rock matrix into a mixture of liquid sulfur and some chemical solvent and then allowing a reaction and evaporation to occur over a considerable time frame. My details might be wrong, but the end result was that the sulfur slowly formed great xtls on the matrix and looked, for all the world, like genuine specimens. Some were then sold for considerable sums of $$$. Finally someone became suspicious (why???) and upon full testing, it was determined that the wrong isotope of sulfur was used in the fakes. The real natural specimens could then be separated from the fakes by isotopic testing of each specimen.

If all my discussion is essentially correct, was that done for this specimen and is this testing done on other recently acquired museum and private collection examples of very hi end sulfur xtal specimens? Are isotopic testing certificates important when hi end examples change hands?

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PostPosted: Nov 29, 2015 09:02    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Hello
Yes, I have heard that fake sulfur specimens were around. I assume (and hope :-) it is not the case for this specimen which has been in the collection from which I purchased it in 2007 since the early eighties, at a (blessed) time where the prices of minerals were so low that it did not make sense to forge anything. Actually, I purchased this plate at a very low 4 digit price, yet with a good gain for the vendor.
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PostPosted: Nov 29, 2015 13:56    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 41  

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1013.jpg
 Mineral: Chalcocite
 Locality:
Bristol Copper Mine, Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 12,0 x 11,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,0 cm
Semi-floating group of black, sharp-edged twinned crystals
MIM number 1013
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27832 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Acanthite
 Locality:
Himmelfahrt Mine, Freiberg, Freiberg District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 6,0 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,6 cm
Cluster of intact, brilliant, rounded cubo-octahedrons
MIM number 1014
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27863 Time(s)

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1016.jpg
 Mineral: Vyrynenite
 Locality:
Dassu, Braldu Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 2,0 x 1,0 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,1 cm
Sharp-edged, translucent, orange and red double terminated crystal
MIM number 1016
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  28175 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Mimetite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, second oxidation zone, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region , Namibia
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 3,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,6 cm
Large, pale yellow, translucent crystal on a gangue
MIM number 1017
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27838 Time(s)

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1018.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 30,0 x 28,0 x 37,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 12,8 cm
Cluster of large, limpid, brilliant, colorless pseudo-hexagonal prisms on a gangue of micro-crystallized fluorite
MIM number 1018
Photographer: James Elliott (FMl)
 Viewed:  27873 Time(s)

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1019.jpg
 Mineral: Nifontovite
 Locality:
Charcas, Municipio Charcas, San Luis Potos, Mexico
 Dimensions: 0,5 x 0,5 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,0 cm
Colorless, sharp-edged, elongated crystal
MIM number 1019
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27838 Time(s)

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1020.jpg
 Mineral: Boltwoodite with Calcite
 Locality:
Rssing Mine, Arandis, Swakopmund District, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 8,5 x 6,0 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,2 cm
Thick yellow tufts in a black calcite geode
MIM number 1020
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27863 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Rutile with Hematite
 Locality:
Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
 Dimensions: 33,0 x 16,0 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,0 cm
Yellow needles in epitaxial growth on hematite tablets (maximum size 4.6cm) on a plate of tuff, with the terminations of some needles covered with quartz
MIM number 1022
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27875 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Cassiterite
 Locality:
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 6,5 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,8 cm
Lustrous, black quadratic crystal and small pale beryls on a matrix made of micro-crystallized cassiterite
MIM number 1023
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27918 Time(s)

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1025.jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite with Microlite
 Locality:
Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 4,5 x 4,0 x 11,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 11,3 cm
Perfect double terminated crystal, very gemmy, 2 lateral crystals of microlite (1cm)
MIM number 1025
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27831 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Nov 29, 2015 16:46    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Salim - as an old man and all-time mineral collector I would like to mention, that even during the "blessed eighties", prices were already so high (although not THAN ridiculously high as today;) ) that people INDEED would fake minerals, although mainly not on a really sophisticated level. With a few exeptions... for example the Sicilian sulphurs and some notorious German "native" silvers.
Even a hundred years ago, some of these things "happened" and quite frequently! Not only glueing was done in the old days;)
Would not really like to check through all these old museum collections, quite a few negative surprises ahead...

Back to this gorgeous sulphur specimen, forgery of such specimens started already in the seventies and reportedly on a quite large scale.
But your rock looks perfectly right, due to the tar inclusions. No way to fake that!
Congratulations to this bargain:)

Highly suspicious are all sulphurs without matrix and/or without inclusions. BUT, the "good news" are, at least to my knowledge, there is up to now no way to tell 100% for sure whether fake or not. At least by affordable and not rocket-scientist means;)
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PostPosted: Nov 29, 2015 20:24    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Such an amazing vayrynenite !!!
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PostPosted: Nov 30, 2015 16:03    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Is there any chance of a future coffee table book featuring this mind-blowing collection? I'll be the first in line.
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PostPosted: Dec 01, 2015 00:39    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Coffee table book? Definitely! We're currently working on it. It will be available in 3 different languages: Arabic, French and English.
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PostPosted: Dec 05, 2015 12:29    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 42  

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1026.jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Tantalite-(Mn)
 Locality:
Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 7,5 x 7,5 x 12,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 10,2 cm
Transparent, pale blue, double terminated crystal; twinned lateral crystals of tantalite (Mn) (maximum size: 1.5 cm)
MIM number 1026
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27270 Time(s)

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1027.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 8,5 x 6,0 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,5 cm
Perfect, colorless triangular crystal on a matrix of small calcite crystals
MIM number 1027
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27287 Time(s)

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1028.jpg
 Mineral: Rhodochrosite on Tetrahedrite
 Locality:
Sweet Home Mine, Graham's pocket, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado, USA
 Dimensions: 17,5 x 14,0 x 7,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 9,1 cm
2 large, transparent red crystals on a thin, lustrous black tetrahedrite gangue
Mim number 1028
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  27365 Time(s)

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1029.jpg
 Mineral: Barite
 Locality:
Book Cliffs area, Grand Junction, Mesa County, Colorado, USA
 Dimensions: 10,5 x 11,0 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,4 cm
2 perfect colorless crystals set on a hard, cream-colored gangue
MIM number 1029
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27241 Time(s)

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1030.jpg
 Mineral: Molybdenite
 Locality:
Old 45 pipe, Kingsgate, Gough County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 14,0 x 11,5 x 12,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 8,7 cm
Fan of brilliant, flat hexagonal crystals (thanks to their probably geodic formation), traces of quartz at the base
MIM number 1030
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27348 Time(s)

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1031.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 24,0 x 20,0 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 8,4 cm
Perfect transparent twinned crystals in a V-shape amongst tufts of intact needles
MIM number 1031
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27398 Time(s)

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1032.jpg
 Mineral: Barite with Calcite and Stibnite
 Locality:
Dahegou Mine, Lushi, Sanmenxia Prefecture, Henan Province, China
 Dimensions: 28,5 x 24,5 x 16,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,6 cm
Thick, lustrous, translucent gray-blue crystals developed on stibnite needles with granular yellow calcite
MIM number 1032
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27213 Time(s)

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1033.jpg
 Mineral: Ksterite on Quartz
 Locality:
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 3,5 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,8 cm
Perfect, smooth, brown crystal on a thin quartz gangue
MIM number 1033
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27266 Time(s)

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1034.jpg
 Mineral: Ksterite with Mushistonite
 Locality:
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 5,0 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,5 cm
Aggregate made up of well crystallized sub-parallel pyramids covered with green tufts of mushistonite
MIM number 1034
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27220 Time(s)

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1034-1.jpg
 Mineral: Ksterite with Mushistonite
 Locality:
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 5,0 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,5 cm
Aggregate made up of well crystallized sub-parallel pyramids covered with green tufts of mushistonite
MIM number 1034
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27346 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 06, 2015 18:05    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 43  

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1036.jpg
 Mineral: Cubanite with Calcite
 Locality:
Henderson No. 2 Mine, Chibougamau, Nord-du-Qubec, Qubec, Canada
 Dimensions: 19,0 x 11,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,2 cm
Well formed crystal in a sixfold twin, flat on an ore matrix sprinkled with small calcites
MIM number 1036
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27090 Time(s)

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1037.jpg
 Mineral: Scheelite on Muscovite
 Locality:
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 9,0 x 9,5 x 11,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 8,4 cm
Intact, partially transparent, orange-red crystal on a thin mica gangue
MIM number 1037
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27136 Time(s)

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1038.jpg
 Mineral: Babingtonite with Quartz and Prehnite
 Locality:
Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China
 Dimensions: 17,5 x 17,5 x 18,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7,4 cm
Sheaf of intact, very brilliant, black crystals in the form of an X on a matrix of intact white quartz and light green prehnite
Mim number 1038
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27086 Time(s)

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1049.jpg
 Mineral: Topaz with Mica, Albite and Quartz (variety smoky)
 Locality:
Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 25,0 x 13,0 x 11,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 10,8 cm
Large, intact, translucent champagne-colored crystal with a flat summit on a bed of mica, albite and smoky quartz
MIM number 1049
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27109 Time(s)

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1050.jpg
 Mineral: Topaz
 Locality:
Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division), Myanmar (Burma)
 Dimensions: 15,0 x 11,0 x 18,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 20,0 cm
Limpid, brilliant, champagne-colored single crystal, perfect upper portion, a little lateral breakage
MIM number 1050
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  27163 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Petalite
 Locality:
Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division), Myanmar (Burma)
 Dimensions: 5,5 x 4,0 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,7 cm
Transparent brown crystal, perfect and probably twinned upper portion, base naturally corroded
MIM number 1051
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27091 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorapatite (Apatite Group) on Albite
 Locality:
Sapo Mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 18,5 x 12,0 x 12,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,7 cm
Several perfect, dark green crystals scattered on a mound of albite
MIM number 1053
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27066 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Ilmenite
 Locality:
Chutran (Chu Tron), Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 13,0 x 13,0 x 13,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 14,3 cm
Well crystallized and lustrous single crystal
MIM number 1054
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27099 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 39,0 x 29,0 x 28,0 cm
 Description:
Crystalline growth in the form of a flared flower
MIM number 1055
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27051 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Beryl (variety emerald) on Quartz
 Locality:
Kagem Mine, Kafubu, Ndola, Ndola District, Copperbelt Province, Zambia
 Dimensions: 14,0 x 8,5 x 11,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 12,3 cm
Two curved crystals, one of which is rather transparent and measuring 10.5cm, and the other full of black inclusions and much more bent; these crystals have been partially freed from the massive quartz gangue in which they developed
MIM number 1057
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  27101 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 07, 2015 10:28    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Awesome minerals! My favourites among the recently posted ones: The Sweet Home rhodo (words can't describe it), the scheelite from China (what a colour!!!) and the two xxl topaz specimens.

Please more ... MANY more!

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PostPosted: Dec 12, 2015 07:12    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Tobi, wir wrden uns sehr freuen, wenn Sie uns einen Besuch in Beirut bezahlen konnte!

Tobi, we would be very pleased if you could visit us in Beirut!

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1058.jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (variety emerald) on Quartz
 Locality:
Kagem Mine, Kafubu, Ndola, Ndola District, Copperbelt Province, Zambia
 Dimensions: 9,5 x 5,0 x 11,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 10,5 cm
Crystal green like a gemstone; this crystal has been partially freed from the massive quartz gangue in which they developed
MIM number 1058
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26693 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pyrite
 Locality:
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Hunuco Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 15,5 x 11,0 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,7 cm
Terminated, intact group of brilliant pyramids; the bottom re-crystallized
MIM number 1059
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26624 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Dioptase on Quartz
 Locality:
Omaue Mine, Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 10,5 x 5,0 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,4 cm
Well formed and separated, translucent crystals, developed on a splinter of milky quartz
MIM number 1060
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26595 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Roselite
 Locality:
Bou Azzer mining district, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 11,0 x 10,0 x 16,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 0,7 cm
Large geode filled with small, intact and brilliant red crystals
MIM number 1061
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26567 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Chrysoberyl
 Locality:
Pancas, Espirito Santo, Sudeste Region, Brazil
 Dimensions: 6,0 x 5,0 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,8 cm
Closed twin crystal, perfectly crystallized and transparent in brown-green colors. The pegmatite in which this sample was found is 600 million years old.
MIM number 1066
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26590 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Corundum
 Locality:
Umba River (Umba Valley), Tanga Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 3,0 x 2,5 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,1 cm
Perfect, well terminated, sharp-edged, brilliant green and blue crystal; the color intensity varies along the length
MIM number 1068
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  26643 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Stottite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 6,0 x 3,0 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,2 cm
Perfect dipyramid with a truncated summit in brown/purple on a black gangue
MIM number 1069
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26581 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Herderite on Ortochlase
 Locality:
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Baltistan District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 22,0 x 13,0 x 12,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7,3 cm
Large, sharp-edged, translucent, lustrous green crystal on a block of orthoclase
MIM number 1070
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26660 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Silver with Copper
 Locality:
Quincy Mine, Hancock, Houghton County, Michigan, USA
 Dimensions: 11,0 x 5,0 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,7 cm
Elongate, sharp-edged, tetrahexahedral twinned crystals on a matrix of oxidized copper
MIM number 1071
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26541 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Galena
 Locality:
Balmat, Balmat-Edwards Zinc District, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
 Dimensions: 11,5 x 11,5 x 22,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 18,0 cm
Large, intact, complex twinned crystal in a dull brown matrix
MIM number 1072
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26496 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 13, 2015 02:52    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

That giant herderite!!! Holy sh...

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Tobi, wir wrden uns sehr freuen, wenn Sie uns einen Besuch in Beirut bezahlen konnte! Tobi, we would be very pleased if you could visit us in Beirut! Salim

Hi Salim, a funny mistake in that translation: Your German sentence does not want me to VISIT you in Beirut, but to PAY YOU a visit to there ;-))))))))) However, if I should ever get to Beirut, MIM Museum would be my first station!

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PostPosted: Dec 13, 2015 05:35    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Sorry, Tobi, my German has really become too weak for lack of practice.
But you got the idea: You're more than welcome any time - and Lebanon is 3:30 away from Frankfurt with daily flights...
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PostPosted: Dec 13, 2015 12:20    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 45  

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1074.jpg
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Casa de Pedra Mine, Congonhas (Congonhas do Campo), Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 11,0 x 8,0 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 11,1 cm
Complete, intact and brilliant single crystal with wide, plane faces
MIM number 1074
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26334 Time(s)

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1075.jpg
 Mineral: Adamite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapim, Municipio Mapim, Durango, Mexico
 Dimensions: 8,5 x 6,0 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,3 cm
Short, thick, sharp-edged crystals with a violet point in a chisel-shape on a limonite gangue
MIM number 1075
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26330 Time(s)

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1076.jpg
 Mineral: Topaz
 Locality:
Topaz Mine, Antonio Pereira District, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 3,5 x 2,0 x 12,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 12,0 cm
Intact, transparent, orange sharp-edged crystal with very few inclusions
MIM number 1076
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26320 Time(s)

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1077.jpg
 Mineral: Hedenbergite
 Locality:
Nordmark, Filipstad, Vrmland, Sweden
 Dimensions: 8,5 x 7,0 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,1 cm
Grouping of thick, sharp-edged crystals in lustrous black/green
MIM number 1077
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26278 Time(s)

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1078.jpg
 Mineral: Pyrosmalite
 Locality:
Nordmark, Filipstad, Vrmland, Sweden
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 7,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,5 cm
Perfect thick, hexagonal crystals in a light brown
MIM number 1078
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26297 Time(s)

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1079.jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite on Dolomite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 7,0 x 15,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,9 cm
Perfect, orange, iridescent tabular crystals on a cream-coloured dolomite matrix
MIM number 1079
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26315 Time(s)

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1080.jpg
 Mineral: Beryl
 Locality:
Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah, USA
 Dimensions: 3,5 x 4,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,0 cm
Large, rather gemmy double terminated crystal on a matrix
MIM number 1080
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26320 Time(s)

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1081.jpg
 Mineral: Kttigite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapim, Municipio Mapim, Durango, Mexico
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 7,0 x 2,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,6 cm
Thick beams of gray/pale blue crystals on a limonite gangue
MIM number 1081
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26316 Time(s)

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1084.jpg
 Mineral: Corundum (variety sapphire)
 Locality:
Ratnapura, Ratnapura District, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
 Dimensions: 11,0 x 5,5 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 10,6 cm
Large, non-rolled, very sharp-edged and translucent double terminated crystal in the form of a small cask with a pale blue center and yellow ends
MIM number 1084
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26309 Time(s)

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1085.jpg
 Mineral: Alamosite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 6,0 x 5,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,2 cm
Half-sphere of tightly-set, translucent white crystals with a piece of iridescent black mineral in the center
MIM number 1085
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  26322 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 20, 2015 09:16    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 46  

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1086-1.jpg
 Mineral: Rutile
 Locality:
Graves Mountain, Lincoln County, Georgia, USA
 Dimensions: 5,5 x 3,5 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,4 cm
3 crystals on a pyrophyllite matrix, brilliant and sharp-edged in an eightfold twin with a reentrant central cavity
MIM number 1086
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  25733 Time(s)

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1088.jpg
 Mineral: Aragonite
 Locality:
Podrečany, Lučenec, Bansk Bystrica Region, Slovak Republic
 Dimensions: 31,0 x 24,0 x 17,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 17,5 cm
Bouquets of brilliant white crystals in spindles
MIM number 1088
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  25809 Time(s)

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1089.jpg
 Mineral: Paravauxite
 Locality:
Siglo Veinte Mine, contacto vein, Llallagua, Rafael Bustillo Province, Potos Department, Bolivia
 Dimensions: 14,0 x 10,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,6 cm
Pale green crystals flat on a well contrasted, brown gangue
MIM number 1089
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  25762 Time(s)

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1090.jpg
 Mineral: Anglesite
 Locality:
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 7,5 x 7,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,3 cm
Sharp-edged, transparent, amber-colored crystals and small cerussites
MIM number 1090
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  25760 Time(s)

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1091-1.jpg
 Mineral: Francevillite
 Locality:
Mounana Mine, Franceville, Haut-Ogoou Province, Gabon
 Dimensions: 6,0 x 2,5 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 0,7 cm
Well formed, brilliant, orange dipyramidal crystals
MIM number 1091
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  25792 Time(s)

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1092.jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Ortochlase and Quartz (variety smoky)
 Locality:
Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 27,0 x 25,0 x 22,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 12,5 cm
Large sheaf of transparent blue crystals on white orthoclase with a little smoky quartz
MIM number 1092
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  26021 Time(s)

1092.jpg



1093.jpg
 Mineral: Microcline with Aegirine and Quartz (variety smoky)
 Locality:
Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
 Dimensions: 48,0 x 38,0 x 20,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 8,7 cm
Intact plate covered with perfectly formed crystals of white microcline with smoky quartz (15cm max) and very shiny black aegirine (14.5cm max)
MIM number 1093
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  25791 Time(s)

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1094.jpg
 Mineral: Scheelite
 Locality:
Santa Cruz, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 8,5 x 8,0 x 10,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 10,9 cm
Large pyramidal crystal, the upper portion of which is transparent orange with a slightly frosted surface
MIM number 1094
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  25772 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Olmiite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 10,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,2 cm
Brilliant, orange/flesh-colored crystal balls
MIM number 1095
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  25763 Time(s)

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1096.jpg
 Mineral: Copper
 Locality:
Quincy Mine, Hancock, Houghton County, Michigan, USA
 Dimensions: 16,0 x 8,0 x 2,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,5 cm
Sharp-edged tetrahexahedral and dodecahedral crystals, with a coating of black cryptocrystalline tenorite and dark red cuprite on some parts
MIM number 1096
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Anu)
 Viewed:  25738 Time(s)

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