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PostPosted: May 17, 2022 03:14    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Scheelite-MIM_Museum(1757).jpg
 Mineral: Scheelite
 Locality:
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: 13.5 x 9.5 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 2.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 347 g
MIM number:1757
Bipyramidal, elongated and very sharp crystals with a metallic shiny dark gray-blue color on a matrix of small dolomite crystals.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott;
Publications: "Lapis Jg. 21, Nr. 7/8, Jul/Aug 1996", "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés"
Ex-collection Simone & Peter Huber (Austria)
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Scheelite-MIM_Museum(1757-1).jpg
 Mineral: Scheelite
 Locality:
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: 13.5 x 9.5 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 2.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 347 g
MIM number:1757
Bipyramidal, elongated and very sharp crystals with a metallic shiny dark gray-blue color on a matrix of small dolomite crystals.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott;
Publications: "Lapis Jg. 21, Nr. 7/8, Jul/Aug 1996", "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés"
Ex-collection Simone & Peter Huber (Austria)
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Djurleite-MIM_Museum(1758).jpg
 Mineral: Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth
 Locality:
Aït Ahmane (auxiliary shaft), Agdz, Bou Azzer mining district, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 9.5 x 10 x 7.5 cm / main crystal: 4.9 cm
 Description:
Mass: 214 g
MIM number:1758
Intact hexagonal tabular crystals of dark greyish metallic color, with moderate local bluish-blackish iridescences, developed on a thin serpentine-clinochlore matrix. The largest crystal has a hoppered structure made of hexagonal tablets.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott;
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Djurleite-MIM_Museum(1758-1).jpg
 Mineral: Djurleite-Chalcocite intergrowth
 Locality:
Aït Ahmane (auxiliary shaft), Agdz, Bou Azzer mining district, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 9.5 x 10 x 7.5 cm / main crystal: 4.9 cm
 Description:
Mass: 214 g
MIM number:1758
Intact hexagonal tabular crystals of dark greyish metallic color, with moderate local bluish-blackish iridescences, developed on a thin serpentine-clinochlore matrix. The largest crystal has a hoppered structure made of hexagonal tablets.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott;
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Topaz-MIM_Museum(1759).jpg
 Mineral: Topaz
 Locality:
Marambaia, Caraí, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 34 x 20 x 21 cm / main crystal: 34.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 16800 g
MIM number:1759
Bottle green, very sharp single crystal with very lustrous and smooth faces. The interior is transparent and shows several inclusions.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Fluorite-MIM_Museum(1760).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 25.5 x 9 x 21 cm / main crystal: 4.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 2200 g
MIM number:1760
Floating plate formed of small crystals of quartz with some pyrite and calcite covered on one side with translucent fluorite crystal of fine purple color showing the faces of the cube and the octahedron and reminiscent of Mayan pyramids. The back face of the plate also shows some fluorite crystals, but they are smaller. The set is completely intact.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
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PostPosted: May 18, 2022 02:15    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Incredible specimens as usual, I'm in love with that Shangbao fluorite!
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PostPosted: May 19, 2022 07:57    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Sulphur-MIM_Museum(1761).jpg
 Mineral: Sulphur
 Locality:
Cozzo Disi Mine, Casteltermini, Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily, Italy
 Dimensions: 20 x 16 x 7 cm / main crystal: 3.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1500 g
MIM number:1761
Plate consisting of primary brownish bituminous coarsely crystallized sulfur covered with a secondary growth of about sixty well formed transparent sulfur crystals of beautiful lemon yellow, and well separated from one another.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Elbaite-MIM_Museum(1762).jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite
 Locality:
Pederneira Claim, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 14 x 9 x 17.5 cm / main crystal: 16.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 656 g
MIM number:1762
Floating set of tourmalines shaped as a bouquet consisting of a large central crystal surrounded by several small crystals with white albite plates and small crystals of purple lepidolite covering the base. All tourmalines display their flat termination and have a dominant green color with sometimes red cores ("watermelon" tourmaline) and some bluish tinge around the top. Contrary to what often happens for the samples from this mine, this one suffered no breakage or repair, and tourmalines were not acid etched to remove the microscopic crystals of quartz or tourmaline which cover them and often alter their gloss.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Dyscrasite-MIM_Museum(1763).jpg
 Mineral: Dyscrasite
 Locality:
Bouismas Mine, Agdz, Bou Azzer mining district, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 22 x 10 x 22 cm / main crystal: 7.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 3700 g
MIM number:1763
White calcite plate covered on its upper face with well formed dyscrasite crystalss, in the shape of a diverging bush. Some crystals show a hexagonal outline.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
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 Mineral: Dyscrasite
 Locality:
Bouismas Mine, Agdz, Bou Azzer mining district, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 22 x 10 x 22 cm / main crystal: 7.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 3700 g
MIM number:1763
White calcite plate covered on its upper face with well formed dyscrasite crystalss, in the shape of a diverging bush. Some crystals show a hexagonal outline.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
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Kyanite-MIM_Museum(1764).jpg
 Mineral: Kyanite
 Locality:
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 9 cm / main crystal: 8.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 223 g
MIM number:1764
Slender transparent crystal with an intense sapphire-blue color and a sharp termination, standing on a shard of quartz
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publications: "extraLapis # 40: Brasilien", "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés"
Ex-collection Oliver Konczer (Austria)
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Phurcalite-MIM_Museum(1765).jpg
 Mineral: Phurcalite
 Locality:
Senhora da Assunção Mine, Aldeia Nova, Ferreira de Aves, Sátão, Viseu District, Portugal
 Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 15 cm
 Description:
Mass: 568 g
MIM number:1765
Bright canary yellow phurcalite mingled with yellowish green tabular autunite coating a buff color quartz crystal with patches of black iron oxides. The phurcalite occurs as small spherules composed by the radial aggregation of acicular crystals, as well as in the form of minute tabular crystals.
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PostPosted: May 19, 2022 09:12    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Never knew that kyanite got this good!!

I remind everyone to look at the sizes of these specimens - they are quite large - and choice!

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PostPosted: May 21, 2022 20:19    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

I think the size of the specimen reflects the purpose. In a Museum setting, high quality mineral specimens in the miniature, small-cabinet and large cabinet size are rarely displayed unless they are truly rare or unique. For example, gem minerals like diamonds or Gold crystals like the one from Joe’s Gully. I have had the opportunity to review many Museum collections and those mineral specimens in storage have great eye appeal but are just too small to be viable display pieces. Well, this is what the Curators told me!

Of course even common minerals in Museum size specimens (20+ cm) are not cheap, and here I speak from experience.
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PostPosted: May 22, 2022 02:09    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Pyrite-MIM_Museum(1766).jpg
 Mineral: Pyrite
 Locality:
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 26 cm / main crystal: 9.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 5900 g
MIM number:1766
Plate formed of small quartz crystals overgown by large modified cubic, very bright, intact and well separated pyrite crystals. Some pyrite crystals are partially covered with coarsely crystallized black sphalerite.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Elbaite-MIM_Museum(1767).jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite
 Locality:
Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 12 cm / main crystal: 11.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1700 g
MIM number:1767
Intact combination of five different minerals: one large central elbaite crystal (with a translucent dark green body and pale pink top), two smoky quartz crystals (max 10.5 cm), mica, clevelandite dotted with hundreds of very small pink elbaite crystals, and crystal of hambergite (2.5cm) half buried on top of the central elbaite crystal. The latter has also entirely "absorbed" near its top a crystal which also seems to be hambergite. This sample appears to have been found as is, without cleaning or surface improvement as is often the case with Afghan tourmalines.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
 Viewed:  4481 Time(s)

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Muscovite-MIM_Museum(1768).jpg
 Mineral: Muscovite
 Locality:
Mamona pegmatite, Araçuaí, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 9.5 x 8 x 11 cm / main crystal: 9.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 373 g
MIM number:1768
Sheets of twinned muscovite shaped as symmetrical stars with 6 branches with some albite at the base. The stars in this sample are particularly apparent, as they are often partially buried or incomplete.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
 Viewed:  4474 Time(s)

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Calcite-MIM_Museum(1769).jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Daye mining area, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China
 Dimensions: 16 x 11 x 13 cm / main crystal: 15.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 864 g
MIM number:1769
Bright transparent sharp calcite crystal consisting of a 180° twin, poised at its middle on the top of a blade covered with small calcite crystals. The color of the crystal is slightly pinkish.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
 Viewed:  4478 Time(s)

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Fluorite-MIM_Museum(1770).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 5.5 cm / main crystal: 3.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 194 g
MIM number:1770
Perfect transparent pink crystal shaped as an octahedron with very bright faces consisting of triangular figures reminiscent of diamond octahedra. It looks poised ever so precariously on the edge on a matrix made of muscovite blades and small crystals of white albite.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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PostPosted: May 24, 2022 01:32    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Tantalite-(Mn)-MIM_Museum(1771).jpg
 Mineral: Tantalite-(Mn) on Schorl with Albite and Muscovite
 Locality:
Shengus (Shingus), Baltistan District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 15 x 9 x 17 cm / main crystal: 5.6 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1750 g
MIM number:1771
Large perfectly formed very shiny black tabular crystal with reddish reflections developed at the base of a large doubly terminated and well-formed black schorl crystal (15.5 cm) dotted with tufts of albite and muscovite. The set is completely intact and seems to be a floater.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Fluorite-MIM_Museum(1772).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite on Pyrite and Galena
 Locality:
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 9 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 4.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 246 g
MIM number:1772
A plate made small pyrite and galena crystals covered with transparent and shiny pink fluorite crystals shaped as complex octahedra showing also the faces of the cube. One of the fluorites has a purple tinge (most likely due to interference phenomena). The set is completely intact and seems to be a floater.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Vivianite-MIM_Museum(1773).jpg
 Mineral: Vivianite
 Locality:
Huanuni Mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia
 Dimensions: 12 x 7.5 x 11.5 cm / main crystal: 11.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 235 g
MIM number:1773
Two perpendicular sheaves made of parallel translucent and well terminated green crystals. The ensemble looks similar to a cross and has developed on a microcrystalline pyrite blade. The vertical sheaf is naturally twisted. One face of each spray is slightly covered with bronze colored iron oxides.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
 Viewed:  4297 Time(s)

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Spessartine-MIM_Museum(1774).jpg
 Mineral: Spessartine on Schorl and Albite (variety cleavelandite)
 Locality:
Little Three Mine, Hercules-Spessartine Dike, Ramona, Ramona District, San Diego County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 3.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 169 g
MIM number:1774
Transparent crystal of a beautiful orange color placed at the base of a black schorl measuring 6 cm, with several tufts of white clevelandite with a very slight bluish tinge.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Publications: "Mineralogical Record: Sep-Oct 2002", "American Mineral Treasures", "Mineralogical Record: May-Jun 2008", "extraLapis # 50: Kalifornien"
Ex-collection Jesse Fisher, Joan Kureczka (USA)
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Zircon-MIM_Museum(1775).jpg
 Mineral: Zircon
 Locality:
Midongy District, Atsimo-Atsinanana Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 6.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 125 g
MIM number:1775
Single, perfectly formed and doubly terminated crystal, green and translucent in its upper portion and brown-purple and rather opaque in its lower part. The top of the crystal is of pyramidal shape with parallel stripes on the faces.
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PostPosted: May 25, 2022 05:12    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

This is truly the best of the best of the best you will ever see in the mineral world - incredible specimens! And as Bob Kerr said: How in the world can a kyanite (!) be THAT good?!
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PostPosted: May 25, 2022 07:49    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

The Peruvian fluorite has dodecahedral faces - the longer ones coming off the cube faces- and trapezohedral faces- the shorter ones coming off the cube faces between the dodecahedral faces. The octahedral positions are below the treapezohedral faces and not smooth faces.
What a lovely example of fluorite faces and so pretty too!
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Quartz-MIM_Museum(1776).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Goboboseb Mountains, Brandberg area, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 15 x 12 x 14 cm / main crystal: 7.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1820 g
MIM number:1776
Group of perfectly shaped and shiny amethyst crystals developed in the shape of a flower on a rocky matrix. One of amethysts has a scepter shape.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Beryl (aquamarine_variety)-MIM_Museum(1777).jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine)
 Locality:
Lac Alaotra (Lake Alaotra), Alaotra-Mangoro Region, Toamasina Province (Tamatave), Madagascar
 Dimensions: 10.5 x 10 x 34.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 6638 g
MIM number:1777
Large hexagonal doubly terminated transparent prism with a sceptered base, a sea green color, three smooth side faces, three other side faces with dissolution features, and a very flat and smooth top.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Publication: "Le Règne Minéral: Mai-Jun 2016"
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Beryl (aquamarine_variety)-MIM_Museum(1777-1).jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine)
 Locality:
Lac Alaotra (Lake Alaotra), Alaotra-Mangoro Region, Toamasina Province (Tamatave), Madagascar
 Dimensions: 10.5 x 10 x 34.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 6638 g
MIM number:1777
Large hexagonal doubly terminated transparent prism with a sceptered base, a sea green color, three smooth side faces, three other side faces with dissolution features, and a very flat and smooth top.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Le Règne Minéral: Mai-Jun 2016"
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Anglesite-MIM_Museum(1778).jpg
 Mineral: Anglesite
 Locality:
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 13.5 x 13.5 x 9 cm / main crystal: 3.2 cm
 Description:
T'ouissit, Oujda, Maroc
Mass: 3000 g
MIM number:1778
Geode consisting of massive galena lined with perfect transparent wedge shaped, striated and lustrous amber-colored anglesite crystals. One side of the geode is lined with small white cerussite needles (the largest measuring 1 cm).
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex-collection Jesus Lopez (France)
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Anglesite-MIM_Museum(1778-1).jpg
 Mineral: Anglesite
 Locality:
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 13.5 x 13.5 x 9 cm / main crystal: 3.2 cm
 Description:
T'ouissit, Oujda, Maroc
Mass: 3000 g
MIM number:1778
Geode consisting of massive galena lined with perfect transparent wedge shaped, striated and lustrous amber-colored anglesite crystals. One side of the geode is lined with small white cerussite needles (the largest measuring 1 cm).
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex-collection Jesus Lopez (France)
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PostPosted: May 29, 2022 03:23    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Kupletskite-MIM_Museum(1779).jpg
 Mineral: Kupletskite
 Locality:
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 4 x 2 cm / main crystal: 4.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 31 g
MIM number:1779
Floating group of lamellar crystals with a beautiful brown color and a metallic sheen.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Ex-collection Gilles Haineault (Canada)
 Viewed:  3771 Time(s)

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Monteregianite-(Y)-MIM_Museum(1780).jpg
 Mineral: Monteregianite-(Y)
 Locality:
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 2 cm / main crystal: 1.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 9 g
MIM number:1780
Rectangular, iridescent crystal lying on a translucent calcite crystal measuring 2.5 cm.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Ex-collection Gilles Haineault (Canada)
 Viewed:  3769 Time(s)

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Rémondite-(Ce)-MIM_Museum(1781).jpg
 Mineral: Rémondite-(Ce)
 Locality:
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 3.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 48 g
MIM number:1781
Hexagonal prism with naturally weathered bottom and translucent yellow-orange top, lying on a sheaf of aegirine crystals (the largest measuring 6.4 cm)
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Ex-collection Gilles Haineault (Canada)
 Viewed:  3767 Time(s)

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Rémondite-(Ce)-MIM_Museum(1781-1).jpg
 Mineral: Rémondite-(Ce)
 Locality:
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 3.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 48 g
MIM number:1781
Hexagonal prism with naturally weathered bottom and translucent yellow-orange top, lying on a sheaf of aegirine crystals (the largest measuring 6.4 cm)
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Ex-collection Gilles Haineault (Canada)
 Viewed:  3765 Time(s)

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Donnayite-(Y)-MIM_Museum(1782).jpg
 Mineral: Donnayite-(Y)
 Locality:
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2 cm / main crystal: 1.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 11 g
MIM number:1782
Hexagonal barrel shaped crystal lying on a thin calcite matrix. The crystal is partially covered with what appears to be of micro-crystalline pyrite. Another small donnayite crystal lies near the edge of the matrix.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Ex-collection Gilles Haineault (Canada)
 Viewed:  3766 Time(s)

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Carletonite-MIM_Museum(1783).jpg
 Mineral: Carletonite
 Locality:
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 2.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 58 g
MIM number:1783
Group of crystals with an intense dark blue color, accompanied by a clear yellow granular mineral that is probably calcite and reinforces the contrast with the blue.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
Ex-collection Gilles Haineault (Canada)
 Viewed:  3765 Time(s)

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Siderite-MIM_Museum(1784).jpg
 Mineral: Siderite
 Locality:
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 217 g
MIM number:1784
Dark green floating twinned crystal displaying several perfect equilateral triangles.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Publication: "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés"
Ex-collection Gilles Haineault (Canada)
 Viewed:  3769 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 31, 2022 03:09    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Spinel-MIM_Museum(1785).jpg
 Mineral: Spinel
 Locality:
Luc Yen, Yenbai Province, Vietnam
 Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 12 cm / main crystal: 8.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1050 g
MIM number:1785
Large translucent dark red crystal, perfectly twinned and intact, on a marble matrix, with a translucent orange chondrodite crystal at the base measuring 4.7 cm. Parts of the spinel and the chondrodite have a natural "melted" look which is characteristic of this mine. The spinel crystal is remarkable by its size, perfection and deep color.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Publications: "extraLapis No. 53: Zwillinge", "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés"
 Viewed:  3643 Time(s)

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Tantalite-(Mn)-MIM_Museum(1786).jpg
 Mineral: Tantalite-(Mn)
 Locality:
Muiâne, Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique
 Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 5.5 cm / main crystal: 5.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 237 g
MIM number:1786
Transparent, intact single crystal with an intense red color, and well terminated on all sides.
Photographer: FMI / Federico Picciani
 Viewed:  3640 Time(s)

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Uvite-MIM_Museum(1787).jpg
 Mineral: Uvite
 Locality:
Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
 Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 4 cm / main crystal: 2.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 78 g
MIM number:1787
Perfect translucent dark green crystal, placed on a matrix of small colorless crystals of magnesite (8 mm max).
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Publication: "extraLapis # 40: Brasilien"
Ex-collection Oliver Konczer (Austria)
 Viewed:  3642 Time(s)

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Elbaite-MIM_Museum(1788).jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite
 Locality:
Sosedka vein, Malkhan (Malchan), Krasnyi Chikoy, Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia
 Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 38 cm / main crystal: 38.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 4350 g
MIM number:1788
Large group of sub-parallel crystals flaring up from a narrow bottom to the top. The tips are transparent, very bright, intact and of a beautiful purple red color. The bottom of the sample shows that the core is yellowish-brown (apparently consisting of liddicoatite) and is surrounded by red elbaite. It is one of the most beautiful samples produced by this prolific mine.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Publications: "extraLapis No. 52: Moderne Klassiker", "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés", "Mineralogical Record: May-Jun 2019"
 Viewed:  3647 Time(s)

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Muscovite-MIM_Museum(1789).jpg
 Mineral: Muscovite and Albite
 Locality:
Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 18 x 10 x 34 cm / main crystal: 12.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 4600 g
MIM number:1789
Plate consisting of lozenge shaped muscovite sheets stacked vertically and covered on their sides with white albite. Some quartz crystals are also present.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Publication: "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés"
 Viewed:  3643 Time(s)

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Behoite-MIM_Museum(1790).jpg
 Mineral: Behoite
 Locality:
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM, Montérégie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 5.5 x 4 cm / main crystal: 1.1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 46 g
MIM number:1790
Reticulated aggregate of white tapered crystals over a brittle matrix consisting of several minerals which are typical of this mine.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
Ex-collection Gilles Haineault (Canada)
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PostPosted: May 31, 2022 14:54    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

A 34 cm high aquamarine and now an amazing 38 cm high Elbaite ...

I´m thinking in a mineralogic travel to Beirut...
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PostPosted: Jun 01, 2022 01:51    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

MIM Museum wrote:
Elbaite
Sosedka vein, Malkhan (Malchan), Krasnyi Chikoy, Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia
Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 38 cm / main crystal: 38.0 cm
Large group of sub-parallel crystals flaring up from a narrow bottom to the top. The tips are transparent, very bright, intact and of a beautiful purple red color. The bottom of the sample shows that the core is yellowish-brown (apparently consisting of liddicoatite) and is surrounded by red elbaite. It is one of the most beautiful samples produced by this prolific mine.
No doubt this is one of the best and most aesthetic mineral specimens I have ever seen in 30 years of being into minerals. Even in smaller size this would be a killer specimen, but nearly 40 cm and that perfect - simply incredible!
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PostPosted: Jun 01, 2022 16:33    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Very true Tobi.

Some years back when I was very new to minerals a Vendor told me as far as mineral collecting is concerned aesthetics is everything – buy the best looking minerals you can afford. Of course what he did not tell me is that aesthetics comes at a price – one that I cannot always afford, but thrift has helped me out a lot.
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PostPosted: Jun 06, 2022 07:48    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Sphalerite (marmatite variety)-MIM_Museum(1791).jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite (variety marmatite)
 Locality:
Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District, Kosovo
 Dimensions: 14.5 x 10.5 x 6 cm / main crystal: 5.7 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 591 g
MIM number:1791
Plate covered with very bright black pyramidal sphalerite crystals showing the typical twinning of the species. Some cubic streaked pyrite crystals (the largest one measuring 1.9 cm) are interspersed with the sphalerite and small quartz crystals are also found on the plate.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
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Diopside-MIM_Museum(1792).jpg
 Mineral: Diopside
 Locality:
Calvin Mitchell farm, De Kalb, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 3 x 5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 62 g
MIM number:1792
Green transparent crystal with an octagonal section and a smaller side crystal at the bottom. The surfaces are smooth and intact, and the top has a somewhat fibrous appearance.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Stephanite-MIM_Museum(1793).jpg
 Mineral: Stephanite
 Locality:
Husky Mine, 302 stope, Galena Hill, Elsa, Mayo mining district, Yukon Territory, Canada
 Dimensions: 2 x 1.5 x 4 cm / main crystal: 2.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 7 g
MIM number:1793
Group of 4 sub-parallel slender crystals of stephanite on a small rosette of polybasite (1.5 cm diameter). The stephanite and polybasite have a metallic gray color with iridescent reflections.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Publication: "Mineralogical Record: Jan-Feb 2021"
Ex-collection Joseph Weinholtzner (Canada)
 Viewed:  3166 Time(s)

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Goethite-MIM_Museum(1794).jpg
 Mineral: Goethite
 Locality:
Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
 Dimensions: 15 x 17.5 x 19 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1700 g
MIM number:1794
Nicknamed "The Sagrada Familia" by the mim. Group of parallel stalagmites of goethite displaying a very strong iridescence on all sides.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  3166 Time(s)

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Crocoite-MIM_Museum(1795).jpg
 Mineral: Crocoite
 Locality:
Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
 Dimensions: 16 x 13 x 10 cm / main crystal: 4.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 930 g
MIM number:1795
Tufts of translucent well terminated red crystals on a matrix of limonite.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  3168 Time(s)

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Crocoite-MIM_Museum(1796).jpg
 Mineral: Crocoite
 Locality:
Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
 Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 18 cm / main crystal: 11.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1030 g
MIM number:1796
Bouquet of large hollow crystals of beautiful red-orange color with a very large central crystal, which is not common for this species
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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PostPosted: Jun 16, 2022 09:11    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Beryl (aquamarine_variety)-MIM_Museum(1797).jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine)
 Locality:
Jaquetô Mine, Guaratinga, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
 Dimensions: 4 x 3.5 x 15 cm / main crystal: 15 cm
 Description:
Mass: 347 g
MIM number:1797
Doubly terminated, totally transparent crystal with a beautiful blue color and natural dissolution figures typical of the beryls found in this mine.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex-collection Alexandre Delerm (France)
 Viewed:  2180 Time(s)

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Andradite (demantoid_variety)-MIM_Museum(1798).jpg
 Mineral: Andradite (variety demantoid)
 Locality:
Ambanja District, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 11 cm / main crystal: 2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 560 g
MIM number:1798
Well formed crystals of a beautiful transparent green color on a hard cream colored matrix
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex-collection Alexandre Delerm (France)
 Viewed:  2183 Time(s)

Andradite (demantoid_variety)-MIM_Museum(1798).jpg



Cerussite-MIM_Museum(1799).jpg
 Mineral: Cerussite
 Locality:
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.5 x 10.5 cm / main crystal: 10.2 cm
 Description:
T'ouissit, Oujda, Maroc
Mass: 403 g
MIM number:1799
Heart shaped, well formed twinned crystal of honey color showing good transparency, which is not common for the cerussites found in this mine
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex-collection Alexandre Delerm (France)
 Viewed:  2185 Time(s)

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Polylithionite-Trilithionite(Series)-MIM_Museum(1800).jpg
 Mineral: Polylithionite-Trilithionite Series (lepidolite)
 Locality:
Golconda pegmatite, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 8.5 cm / main crystal: 8.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 563 g
MIM number:1800
Lepidolite columns of beautiful lilac color developed on the side of a green tourmaline and surrounded by gray quartz crystals and naturally corroded orthoclase crystals
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Schorl-MIM_Museum(1801).jpg
 Mineral: Schorl
 Locality:
Guadalupana Mine, De Chavito Hill, Santa Cruz, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 12 x 25.5 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1100 gMIM number:1801Lustrous schorl crystal clusters with a satiny sheen on a thin matrix of quartz. The crystals have an unusual shape of spools with tapered ends.Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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PostPosted: Jun 17, 2022 02:09    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Simply the best of the best of the best of the best - thanks for showing these unique treasures!
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Quartz (amethyst_variety)-MIM_Museum(1802).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Brandberg area, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 3 x 11 cm / main crystal: 11cm
 Description:
Mass: 97 g
MIM number:1802
Intact doubly terminated crystal with a sceptered end, a mixture of amethyst / smoky quartz colors, small side crystals and a feldspar blade
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Calcite-MIM_Museum(1803).jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 7.5 cm / main crystal: 1.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 118 g
MIM number:1803
Pale pink calcite flakes developed concentrically in the form of a flower
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publications: "extraLapis (English edition) # 4: Calcite", "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
Ex-collection Francis Benjamin (France)
 Viewed:  1478 Time(s)

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Baryte-MIM_Museum(1805).jpg
 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Pöhla-Tellerhäuser Mine, Pöhla, Schwarzenberg District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: 9 x 14 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 6 cm
 Description:
Mass: 810 g
MIM number:1805
Group of beautiful gold colored crystals with transparent terminations, developed on a microcrystalline quartz matrix
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  1477 Time(s)

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Quartz(prase_variety)-MIM_Museum(1807).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety prase)
 Locality:
Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 23 x 28 x 7.5 cm / main crystal: 7.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 7550 g
MIM number:1807
Group of well developed quartz crystals in the shape of a hedgehog. The crystals are dark green ("prase" quartz) due to uniform inclusions of micro-crystallized hedenbergite.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
 Viewed:  1480 Time(s)

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Uvite-MIM_Museum(1808).jpg
 Mineral: Uvite
 Locality:
Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
 Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 23 cm / main crystal: 1.1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 935 g
MIM number:1808
Large white quartz crystal (22.5cm long) transparent from the middle to the top, and studded in its upper part with small translucent green uvite crystals, many included in the mass. Some magnesite crystals are also present (the largest measuring 1.1 cm), some of which are included in the quartz.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Amber-MIM_Museum(1809).jpg
 Mineral: amber
 Locality:
Wadi Jezzine, Jezzine District, South Governorate, Lebanon
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 8 x 6 cm
 Description:
Mass: 220 g
MIM number:1809
Block of polished amber of beautiful dark color with multiple transparent areas, and other more included parts. This is the largest polished amber block of Lebanon, which is also one of the oldest in the world (over 130 Ma, against about 44 Ma for the Baltic amber for instance). This piece was found in Wadi Jezzine (below the waterfall) by Dr. Dany Azar (Lebanese University) and Simon Haddad on 19/07/2014 in layers of pre-Jezzinian time, that is to say in the lower Barremian layers (130-135 Ma). It is certainly older because other pieces found in the same layer have surface pits, suggesting that they have had time to harden (no less than 2 million years after their formation), as pits are due to lithophagous marine organism which do not attack amber before it has completely hardened. This block has been carefully polished by Dr. Azar who offered it to mim.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "101 Minéraux et Pierres Précieuses qu'il faut avoir vus dans sa vie"
 Viewed:  1480 Time(s)

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Microlite(Group)-MIM_Museum(1810).jpg
 Mineral: Microlite (Group)
 Locality:
Jenipapo District, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 2.5 cm / main crystal: 2.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 12 g
MIM number:1810
Group of nested twinned crystals of beautiful orange-amber color, translucent and sharp, on a piece of microcrystalline quartz matrix
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Quartz-MIM_Museum(1811).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 13 cm / main crystal: 5.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 331 g
MIM number:1811
Nicknamed "The Mongolian Cross" by the mim. Floating group of intact quartz crystals of gray-green color with what is likely a cross-shaped Verespatak twin at the top and a doubly terminated quartz at the bottom
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Lapis: Oct 2016"
 Viewed:  1015 Time(s)

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Sphalerite-MIM_Museum(1812).jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
ZCA No. 1 Mine, Balmat, Balmat-Edwards Zinc District, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
 Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 107 g
MIM number:1812
Very well formed octahedral transparent crystal, with a yellow amber color, smooth faces and sharp edges
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  1017 Time(s)

Sphalerite-MIM_Museum(1812).jpg



Bismuthinite-MIM_Museum(1813).jpg
 Mineral: Bismuthinite
 Locality:
Tazna Mine (Tazna-Rosario Mine), Cerro Tazna, Atocha-Quechisla District, Nor Chichas Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 1.5 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 6.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 32 g
MIM number:1813
Very well formed crystal for the species, with a wedged termination. The crystal is coated with a thin layer of gray-black marcasite.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  1020 Time(s)

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Emplectite-MIM_Museum(1814).jpg
 Mineral: Emplectite
 Locality:
Wittichen, Schenkenzell, Rottweil, Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
 Dimensions: 9 x 4.5 x 8 cm / main crystal: 3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 301 g
MIM number:1814
Sheaf of beautiful slender iridescent crystals in a pocket of sulphides. The crystals of this species occur most often ensconced in the mass, whereas in this specimen they have grown in a geode, which is very rare and explains why they are so well formed.
Photographer: "Crystal Classics Fine Minerals Limited"
 Viewed:  1018 Time(s)

Emplectite-MIM_Museum(1814).jpg



Miargyrite-MIM_Museum(1815).jpg
 Mineral: Miargyrite and Quartz
 Locality:
Bräunsdorf , Oberschöna, Freiberg District, Mittelsachsen, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 5 cm / main crystal: 0.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 83 g
MIM number:1815
12 mm wide rosette of shiny miargyrite crystals which are well formed for the species, on a matrix consisting of white quartz points with small cubes of pale yellow fluorite.
Photographer: "Crystal ClassicsFine Minerals Limited"
 Viewed:  1022 Time(s)

Miargyrite-MIM_Museum(1815).jpg



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