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PostPosted: Mar 01, 2023 03:26    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Betekhtinite-MIM_Museum(1969).jpg
 Mineral: Betekhtinite
 Locality:
Dzhezkazgan, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan
 Dimensions: 16 x 3.5 x 9.5 cm / main crystal: 2.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 511 g
MIM number:1969
Group of parallel gray-black crystals on a rocky matrix. The crystals of this rare species are generally lying against the matrix. It is uncommon to find them protruding from it as visibly as on this specimen.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
 Viewed:  7055 Time(s)

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Fluorapophyllite-(K)-MIM_Museum(1970).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorapophyllite-(K)
 Locality:
Savada, Dharangaon, Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India
 Dimensions: 9 x 5 x 9 cm / main crystal: 2.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 300 g
MIM number:1970
Group of five colorless, shiny, separated and perfectly formed crystals on a greenish matrix.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
Publication: "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés"
 Viewed:  7052 Time(s)

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Celestine-MIM_Museum(1971).jpg
 Mineral: Celestine
 Locality:
Sakoany deposit, Katsepy Commune, Mitsinjo District, Boeny Region, Mahajanga (Majunga) Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 16 x 16 x 16 cm / main crystal: 9.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 3850 g
MIM number:1971
Beautiful divergent sheaf of blue, perfectly formed and pointed transparent crystals, developed around a large, richly faceted main crystal, inside a geode. The shape of these crystals is unusual for this mine, which generally produces crystals with chisel shaped terminations. The celestine crystals of Madagascar, among the most beautiful known, are found in geodes that are old gas bubbles formed by the decomposition of organic matter contained in 65 million years old marls and sandstones.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  7050 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Celestine
 Locality:
Sakoany deposit, Katsepy Commune, Mitsinjo District, Boeny Region, Mahajanga (Majunga) Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 11 x 18.5 x 10 cm / main crystal: 5.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1850 g
MIM number:1972
Transparent, perfectly formed crystals of blue color with sharp chisel shaped terminations on a piece of matrix resulting from the opening of the geode in which they were formed. The celestine crystals of Madagascar are among the most beautiful known for their sharpness, intense periwinkle blue color and incredible clarity.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  7050 Time(s)

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Churchite-(Y)-MIM_Museum(1973).jpg
 Mineral: Churchite-(Y)
 Locality:
Skorpion Mine, Rosh Pinah, Lüderitz District, ǁKaras Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 8 cm / main crystal: 0.4 cm
 Description:
Description:
Mass: 676 g
MIM number:1973
Well separated white balls of acicular crystals developed on a bed of lustrous micro-crystallized black romanechite.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  7055 Time(s)

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Thorianite-MIM_Museum(1974).jpg
 Mineral: Thorianite
 Locality:
Betroka District, Anosy Region, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 4 cm / main crystal: 2.6 cm
 Description:
Mass: 366 g
MIM number:1974
Cluster of well-formed black cubic crystals with some crystal pairs showing interpenetration twins. It is uncommon to find this species, which generally produces isolated cubes in groups of well-formed crystals.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Carrollite-MIM_Museum(1975).jpg
 Mineral: Carrollite
 Locality:
Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 6.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 840 g
MIM number:1975
Very large shiny and equant cubo-octahedral crystal. The base had grown on a mica matrix from which the crystal was harvested. It is one of the largest crystals known for this species.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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 Mineral: Carrollite
 Locality:
Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 8 x 6.5 x 5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 431 g
MIM number:1976
Large, intact, shiny and slightly elongated cubo-octahedron with stepped faces. The base had grown on a matrix of mica from which the crystal was harvested.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6943 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Carrollite
 Locality:
Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 2 x 3.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 37 g
MIM number:1977
Two stacked carrollite twinned crystals. The crystals are flat and clearly show the reentrant angle of the spinel twin. The larger one is hexagonal and the smaller triangular.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6941 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Carrollite
 Locality:
Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 1 x 2.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 14 g
MIM number:1978
Spinel-twinned carrollite crystal of triangular appearance with a well-visible reentrant angle characterizing this twinning.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6937 Time(s)

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Carrollite-MIM_Museum(1979).jpg
 Mineral: Carrollite
 Locality:
Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 2 x 1 x 1.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 7 g
MIM number:1979
Spinel-twinned carrollite crystal of triangular appearance with truncated vertices and a well-visible reentrant angle characterizing this twinning.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6940 Time(s)

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Carrollite-MIM_Museum(1980).jpg
 Mineral: Carrollite
 Locality:
Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 1 x 1.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1 g
MIM number:1980
Small, perfectly formed spinel-twinned carrollite crystal consisting of two stacked equilateral triangles separated by the classic reentrant angle of the spinel twin; this configuration occurs commonly in diamond crystals.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Groutite-MIM_Museum(1981).jpg
 Mineral: Groutite
 Locality:
Zavalie deposit, Holovanivsk Raion, Kirovohrad Oblast, Ukraine
 Dimensions: 11 x 7.5 x 4 cm / main crystal: 0.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 311 g
MIM number:1981
Slab covered with black and shiny rosettes of groutite; this species rarely gives crystals that are as visible as on this sample.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Locality (ukrainian name): Hrafitne pole Zavali, Hayvoronsʹkyi rayon, Kirovohradsʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine
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Legrandite-MIM_Museum(1982).jpg
 Mineral: Legrandite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, San Judas chimney, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 6 x 4 cm / main crystal: 3.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 173 g
MIM number:1982
Doubly terminated, perfectly formed yellow crystal on a matrix of hard limonite with a smaller crystal jutting out from it at oblique angle. The terminations of these crystals are transparent. A tuft of fine and transparent crystals has developed on the matrix nearby. It is rare to find crystals as well formed and intact on matrix: this mine has often produced isolated crystals or friable and unstable matrices.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6833 Time(s)

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Legrandite-MIM_Museum(1983).jpg
 Mineral: Legrandite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, San Judas chimney, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm / main crystal: 1.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 29 g
MIM number:1983
Intact rosette of transparent and very well formed yellow crystals measuring 2.5 cm diameter on a thin matrix of limonite.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6835 Time(s)

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Hematite-MIM_Museum(1984).jpg
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Refuge du Clos, Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans, Le Bourg d'Oisans Comune, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm / main crystal: 3.1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 56 g
MIM number:1984
Group of very lustrous platy hematite crystals in the shape of a rose, resting on a bit of matrix consisting of small quartz crystals covered with chlorite.
Found at the 'Refuge du Clos' (1400 m.)
Photographer: MING / Humble Rooster
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
 Viewed:  6829 Time(s)

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Spessartine-MIM_Museum(1985).jpg
 Mineral: Spessartine
 Locality:
Oyo State, Nigeria
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 2 x 2 cm / main crystal: 1.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 11 g
MIM number:1985
Two identical, transparent, intergrown, perfectly formed rhombic dodecahedra (the edge length of each dodecahedron being 0.8 cm even), of beautiful orange color.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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this hematite :):)
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PostPosted: Mar 07, 2023 03:26    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Philippe Durand wrote:
this hematite :):)
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Metatorbernite-MIM_Museum(1986).jpg
 Mineral: Metatorbernite
 Locality:
Shinkolobwe, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 17 x 12 x 26 cm / main crystal: 1.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 2600 g
MIM number:1986
Sugar loaf shaped mound covered with tufts of lustrous, emerald-green Metatorbernite tabular crystals.
Photographer: MIM Museum
 Viewed:  6530 Time(s)

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Metatorbernite-MIM_Museum(1986-1).jpg
 Mineral: Metatorbernite
 Locality:
Shinkolobwe, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 17 x 12 x 26 cm / main crystal: 1.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 2600 g
MIM number:1986
Sugar loaf shaped mound covered with tufts of lustrous, emerald-green Metatorbernite tabular crystals.
Photographer: MIM Museum
 Viewed:  6534 Time(s)

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Quartz-MIM_Museum(1987).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Aiguille de l'Eboulement, Les Petites Jorasses, Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
 Dimensions: 74 x 12 x 23 cm / main crystal: 22.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 15450 g
MIM number:1987
Set of intact, transparent and slightly smoked, doubly terminated quartz crystals, with upper terminations partly covered with chlorite; the group is reminiscent of a mountain range.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Le Règne Minéral #138: Nov-Déc 2017"
 Viewed:  6529 Time(s)

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Mimetite-MIM_Museum(1988).jpg
 Mineral: Mimetite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 4 cm / main crystal: 2.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 121 g
MIM number:1988
Three large yellow-orange transparent, heavily striated, tapered, pointed, lustrous and very well formed crystals on a contrasting white matrix. The striation perpendicular to the main axis is clearly visible.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Ex collection: Louis-Dominique Bayle (France)
 Viewed:  6531 Time(s)

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Stolzite-MIM_Museum(1989).jpg
 Mineral: Stolzite
 Locality:
Sainte Lucie Mine, Saint-Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie, France
 Dimensions: 3 x 2.5 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 1.9 cm
 Description:
Mass: 28 g
MIM number:1989
Very well formed cream-colored crystal perched on a silvery 2.9 cm cyclically twinned cerussite. A small crystal of stolzite is embedded in the cerussite at the back. Such a well-formed stolzite-cerusite floating association is not common in this mine.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Publications: "Le Règne Minéral #18: Nov-Déc 1997", "Mineralogical Record: Jan-Feb 2011"
Ex collections: Yves Merchadier (France), Louis-Dominique Bayle (France)
 Viewed:  6529 Time(s)

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Stolzite-MIM_Museum(1989-1).jpg
 Mineral: Stolzite
 Locality:
Sainte Lucie Mine, Saint-Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie, France
 Dimensions: 3 x 2.5 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 1.9 cm
 Description:
Mass: 28 g
MIM number:1989
Very well formed cream-colored crystal perched on a silvery 2.9 cm cyclically twinned cerussite. A small crystal of stolzite is embedded in the cerussite at the back. Such a well-formed stolzite-cerusite floating association is not common in this mine.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Publications: "Le Règne Minéral #18: Nov-Déc 1997", "Mineralogical Record: Jan-Feb 2011"
Ex collections: Yves Merchadier (France), Louis-Dominique Bayle (France)
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Stolzite-MIM_Museum(1990).jpg
 Mineral: Stolzite
 Locality:
Sainte Lucie Mine, +15 level, Saint-Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie, France
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.5 x 3 cm / main crystal: 3.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 45 g
MIM number:1990
Well-formed, parallel, cream-colored tablets on a piece of matrix. A 1.8 cm silvery cerussite is stuck at the front of one of the stolzite crystals.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Publications: "Le Règne Minéral #18: Nov-Déc 1997", "Mineralogical Record: Jan-Feb 2011"
Ex collections: Yves Merchadier (France), Louis-Dominique Bayle (France)
 Viewed:  6414 Time(s)

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Stolzite-MIM_Museum(1990-1).jpg
 Mineral: Stolzite
 Locality:
Sainte Lucie Mine, +15 level, Saint-Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie, France
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.5 x 3 cm / main crystal: 3.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 45 g
MIM number:1990
Well-formed, parallel, cream-colored tablets on a piece of matrix. A 1.8 cm silvery cerussite is stuck at the front of one of the stolzite crystals.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Publications: "Le Règne Minéral #18: Nov-Déc 1997", "Mineralogical Record: Jan-Feb 2011"
Ex collections: Yves Merchadier (France), Louis-Dominique Bayle (France)
 Viewed:  6416 Time(s)

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Stolzite-MIM_Museum(1991).jpg
 Mineral: Stolzite
 Locality:
Sainte Lucie Mine, +15 level, Saint-Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie, France
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 2 x 2.5 cm / main crystal: 2.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 11 g
MIM number:1991
Very well formed square crystal, cream-colored on the periphery and darker in the center, with small side crystals at the base.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Publication: "Mineralogical Record: Jan-Feb 2011"
Ex collections: Yves Merchadier (France), Louis-Dominique Bayle (France)
 Viewed:  6416 Time(s)

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Stolzite-MIM_Museum(1992).jpg
 Mineral: Stolzite
 Locality:
Sainte Lucie Mine, +15 level, Saint-Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie, France
 Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 2.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 18 g
MIM number:1992
Crystals shaped as parallel square cream-colored tablets on a piece of matrix.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Publications: "Le Règne Minéral #18: Nov-Déc 1997", "Mineralogical Record: Jan-Feb 2011"
Ex collections: Yves Merchadier (France), Louis-Dominique Bayle (France)
 Viewed:  6420 Time(s)

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Stolzite-MIM_Museum(1993).jpg
 Mineral: Stolzite
 Locality:
Sainte Lucie Mine, +15 level, Saint-Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie, France
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.5 x 3.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 36 g
MIM number:1993
Large, well-formed rectangular cream-colored crystal with crenelated edges on a piece of matrix with small side crystals.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Publications: "Le Règne Minéral #18: Nov-Déc 1997", "Mineralogical Record: Jan-Feb 2011"
Ex collections: Yves Merchadier (France), Louis-Dominique Bayle (France)
 Viewed:  6417 Time(s)

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Stolzite-MIM_Museum(1994).jpg
 Mineral: Stolzite
 Locality:
Sainte Lucie Mine, Saint-Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie, France
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 1 x 1.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 17 g
MIM number:1994
Thick, intact crystal, cream-colored on the surface and virtually colorless and transparent inside. This crystal is probably twinned.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Publications: "Le Règne Minéral #18: Nov-Déc 1997", "Mineralogical Record: Jan-Feb 2011", "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés"
Ex collection: Louis-Dominique Bayle (France)
 Viewed:  6416 Time(s)

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Stolzite-MIM_Museum(1995).jpg
 Mineral: Stolzite
 Locality:
Sainte Lucie Mine, Saint-Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie, France
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 3 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 3.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 19 g
MIM number:1995
Intact elongated cream-colored crystal on a piece of matrix with a smaller crystal at the top. Both crystals seem to be twinned.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Publications: "Mineralogical Record: Jan-Feb 2011", "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés"
Ex collection: Louis-Dominique Bayle (France)
 Viewed:  6418 Time(s)

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Stolzite-MIM_Museum(1996).jpg
 Mineral: Stolzite
 Locality:
Sainte Lucie Mine, Saint-Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie, France
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm / main crystal: 1.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 19 g
MIM number:1996
Stout, apparently twinned gray crystal on a piece of matrix with smaller side crystals.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Ex collections: Yves Merchadier (France), Louis-Dominique Bayle (France)
 Viewed:  6420 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Stolzite
 Locality:
Sainte Lucie Mine, Saint-Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie, France
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 2 x 1.5 cm / main crystal: 1.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 10 g
MIM number:1997
Stout, apparently twinned, cream-colored crystal on a piece of matrix.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Ex collections: Yves Merchadier (France), Louis-Dominique Bayle (France)
 Viewed:  6420 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Grandidierite
 Locality:
Tranomaro Commune, Tranomaro-Maromby area, Amboasary District, Anosy Region (Fort Dauphin Region), Toliara Province (Tuléar), Madagascar
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 3.5 x 0.5 cm / main crystal: 3.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 5 g
MIM number: 1999
Flat, 3 mm thick translucent crystal, with the top perfectly formed, and a beautiful deep blue-green color. The bottom of the crystal is naturally healed and contains a remnant of kaolin. It is very unusual to find a crystal so well formed for this rare species.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Mineralogical Record: Mar-Apr 2018"
 Viewed:  6199 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Grandidierite
 Locality:
Tranomaro Commune, Tranomaro-Maromby area, Amboasary District, Anosy Region (Fort Dauphin Region), Toliara Province (Tuléar), Madagascar
 Dimensions: 4 x 5.5 x 4 cm / main crystal: 3.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 52 g
MIM number: 2000
Doubly terminated, very well formed, translucent, light blue-green crystal on a feldspar matrix. It is rare to find a grandidierite as well formed on matrix (curiously free crystals are better formed while those on matrix have almost always indistinct terminations).
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Le Règne Minéral #138: Nov-Déc 2017"
 Viewed:  6194 Time(s)

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Axinite-(Mg)-MIM_Museum(2001).jpg
 Mineral: Axinite-(Mg)
 Locality:
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 1 x 6 cm / main crystal: 5.9 cm
 Description:
Mass: 19 g
MIM number: 2001
Complete, sharp and translucent crystal with a transparent top whose color varies from periwinkle to purple depending on the nature of the lighting. The bottom of the crystal contains traces of graphite, which is a classic marker of the Merelani mines. It is unusual to find such a well-formed crystal of this size for this rare variety of axinite.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés"
 Viewed:  6205 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Axinite-(Mg)
 Locality:
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 2 x 0.5 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 3.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 4 g
MIM number: 2002
Transparent crystal with a very sharp top, of periwinkle to purple color depending on the nature of the lighting.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6196 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Staurolite
 Locality:
Pestsovye Keivy, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 10.5 x 14.5 x 8 cm / main crystal: 10.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1035 g
MIM number:2003
Large Greek cross shaped twin that has been cleared of the mica matrix in which it was encased.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5935 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Staurolite
 Locality:
Pestsovye Keivy, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 5.5 cm / main crystal: 9.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 482 g
MIM number:2004
Large Greek cross shaped twin that has been cleared of the mica matrix in which it was encased.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5920 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Staurolite
 Locality:
Pestsovye Keivy, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 9.5 x 9 x 3 cm / main crystal: 9.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 313 g
MIM number:2005
Greek cross tapered twin that has been cleared of the mica matrix in which it was encased.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5933 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Staurolite
 Locality:
Pestsovye Keivy, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.5 x 2.5 cm / main crystal: 5.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 131 g
MIM number:2006
Greek cross shaped twin that has been cleared of the mica matrix in which it was encased.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5935 Time(s)

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Staurolite-MIM_Museum(2007).jpg
 Mineral: Staurolite
 Locality:
Pestsovye Keivy, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 2 cm / main crystal: 3.7 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 66 g
MIM number:2007
Three small well-formed parallel Greek cross twins that have been cleared of the matrix of mica in which they were encased.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5938 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Staurolite
 Locality:
Pestsovye Keivy, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 10.5 x 9 x 4 cm / main crystal: 7.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 401 g
MIM number:2008
Two well-formed St. Andrew cross shaped twins, slightly offset from each other, which have been cleared of the mica matrix in which they were encased.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5930 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Staurolite
 Locality:
Pestsovye Keivy, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 9.5 x 5.5 x 3 cm / main crystal: 7.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 159 g
MIM number:2009
Large St. Andrew cross shaped twin with a small Greek cross shaped 2 cm twin at one of its tips.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5935 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Staurolite
 Locality:
Pestsovye Keivy, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 7 x 7 x 3 cm / main crystal: 6.1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 141 g
MIM number:2010
Y-shaped twin that has been released from the mica matrix in which it was encased.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5931 Time(s)

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Staurolite-MIM_Museum(2011).jpg
 Mineral: Staurolite
 Locality:
Pestsovye Keivy, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 8 x 7.5 x 3 cm / main crystal: 5.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 182 g
MIM number:2011
Six-fold, well-formed, flower-like twin, which has been cleared of the mica matrix in which it was ebcased.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5935 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Staurolite
 Locality:
Pestsovye Keivy, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.5 x 2 cm / main crystal: 3.9 cm
 Description:
Mass: 66 g
MIM number:2012
Well-formed six-fold twin with a small St. Andrew cross shaped twin near it.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5936 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Staurolite
 Locality:
Pestsovye Keivy, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 2 cm / main crystal: 4.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 49 g
MIM number:2013
N-shaped twin released from the mica matrix in which it was encased.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5935 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Hutchinsonite
 Locality:
Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 9.5 x 10 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 1.1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 502 g
MIM number:2014
White plate covered on its upper side with bright and well separated needles of hutchinsonite offering a beautiful contrast with the matrix. The needles are large and clearly visible compared to the average of this species.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5776 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorapatite
 Locality:
Pulsifer Quarry & Dionne extension (Pulsifer Quarry), Mount Apatite Park, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine, USA
 Dimensions: 8 x 6.5 x 6 cm / main crystal: 3.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 273 g
MIM number:2015
Perfectly formed crystal lying on a matrix of cookeite. The crystal is almost entirely transparent and has a beautiful purple color. On the back of the cookeite matrix are traces of small tourmalines. This sample is one of the best produced by this mythical mine that was famous for the color of its apatites.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publications: "Mineralogical Record: Mar-Apr 1977", "Gem & Crystal Treasures", "Le Règne Minéral: Sep-Oct 1999", "The World's Mineral Masterpieces", "Lapis, Jg. 30, Nr. 12, Dec. 2005", "American Mineral Treasures", "Nature's Garden of Crystals", "Drawings of Mineral Ma
Ex collections: Terry Szenics (USA), Richard Kosnar (USA)
 Viewed:  5779 Time(s)

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Elbaite-MIM_Museum(2016).jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite
 Locality:
Morro Redondo Mine, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 12.5 x 18 x 14 cm / main crystal: 10.7 cm
 Description:
Description:
Mass: 3149 g
MIM number:2016
Two perfectly formed transparent crystals with a beautiful gradation of colors, rising vertically from the base of a group of white quartz crystals, which earned this iconic sample the name "Excalibur" in reference to the legendary sword that could split rocks. A small crystal of pink tourmaline is stuck near the base of these two crystals.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publications: "The Wonderful World of Precious Stones, 1979", "Lapidary Journal, July 1983", "Gems and Gemology, Spring 1985", "Larousse des Pierres Précieuses", "Minéraux Passion", "Rock & Gem, June 1993", "Rock & Gem, April 1999", "Der Turmalin. Eine Monographie", "T
Ex collections: David Wilber (USA), Keith Proctor (USA)
 Viewed:  5769 Time(s)

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Scheelite-MIM_Museum(2017).jpg
 Mineral: Scheelite
 Locality:
Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 10 x 9.5 x 6.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 912 g
MIM number:2017
Large intact pyramidal single crystal, very well formed and lustrous, of beautiful orange color with a transparent top. The bottom of the crystal is complete too. It is rare to find a crystal of this size and color that is intact.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "Fine Minerals of China"
Ex collection: Stephen Smale (USA)
 Viewed:  5772 Time(s)

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Bournonite-MIM_Museum(2018).jpg
 Mineral: Bournonite
 Locality:
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 14 x 10 x 10 cm / main crystal: 4.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1353 g
MIM number:2018
Two very lustrous and smooth silvery crystals, perfectly formed on a bed of quartz points. The largest crystal is a twin shaped as an extruded cross. Bournonite is a very fragile species and it is rare to find crystals as intact as these on a matrix.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "China II, Mineralien, Fundorte, Lagerstätten"
 Viewed:  5782 Time(s)

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Sperrylite-MIM_Museum(2019).jpg
 Mineral: Sperrylite
 Locality:
Talnakh, Noril'sk, Putoran Plateau, Taimyr Peninsula, Taymyrskiy Autonomous Okrug, Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 4 x 6 cm / main crystal: 1.9 cm
 Description:
Mass: 216 g
MIM number:2019
4 cm high fir-shaped cluster of very well formed and lustrous sperrylite crystals. This group was entirely encased in a chalcopyrite matrix, from which it has been carefully released to make it possible to appreciate from all sides the quality of the crystals that constitute it.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  5432 Time(s)

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Fluorite-MIM_Museum(2020).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 6 x 5 x 8.5 cm / main crystal: 6.5 cm
 Description:
Sub Rosiclare level
Mass: 253 g
MIM number:2020
Transparent, lustrous and very sharp cubic crystal of beautiful purple-purple color developed on an aggregate of yellow-brown fluorite crystals.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Ex collection: Ross C. Lillie (USA)
 Viewed:  5427 Time(s)

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Galena-MIM_Museum(2021).jpg
 Mineral: Galena
 Locality:
Gidiursko Mine, Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
 Dimensions: 29 x 23 x 11 cm / main crystal: 4.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 7850 g
MIM number:2021
Large cream-colored plate covered on its upper face with perfectly formed and lustrous galena crystals in the form of modified cubes, with here and there twinned crystals.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
 Viewed:  5434 Time(s)

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Scolecite-MIM_Museum(2022).jpg
 Mineral: Scolecite
 Locality:
Water well at Rankhamb, Sangamner, Ahmadnagar District, Maharashtra, India
 Dimensions: 26 x 20 x 15 cm / main crystal: 7.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 4700 g
MIM number:2022
Basalt block covered on its upper side with three very well formed balls of white needles. This piece is one of the most aesthetic of this fortuitous discovery resulting from the digging of a well, because of the sharp contrast between white scolecite and brown basalt.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
 Viewed:  5428 Time(s)

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Fluoro-richterita-MIM_Museum(2023).jpg
 Mineral: Fluoro-richterite
 Locality:
Zona Wilberforce, Haliburton County, Ontario, Canada
 Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 21.5 cm / main crystal: 10.6 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1443 g
MIM number:2023
Sharp brown-green crystals on a cream-colored feldspar matrix. The main crystal is considered one of the largest and sharpest for this species.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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PostPosted: Apr 20, 2023 05:13    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Galena
Gidiursko Mine, Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
Dimensions: 29 x 23 x 11 cm / main crystal: 4.0 cm
I'm a huge galena fan and this tremendous piece is one of the best galena specimens I have seen in more than 30 years as a collector.
Best of the best of the best, as usual in the MIM :-)
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PostPosted: Apr 20, 2023 08:22    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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MIM Museum wrote:
Galena
Gidiursko Mine, Madan mining area, Rhodope Mountains, Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
Dimensions: 29 x 23 x 11 cm / main crystal: 4.0 cm
I'm a huge galena fan and this tremendous piece is one of the best galena specimens I have seen in more than 30 years as a collector.
Best of the best of the best, as usual in the MIM :-)


I too am a big galena fan and when I first looked at the photo my first impression was - "I have one like this - why would the MIM want it?" - THEN I looked at the size of the specimen and the size of its blinding crystals - OK, it may be the best in the world.

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PostPosted: Apr 21, 2023 04:26    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

bob kerr wrote:
I too am a big galena fan and when I first looked at the photo my first impression was - "I have one like this - why would the MIM want it?" - THEN I looked at the size of the specimen and the size of its blinding crystals - OK, it may be the best in the world.
bob
That is what I call the LaMIMMME - the Looking at MIM Museum Minerals Effect:

You take a look and you are stunned by the beauty and perfection of the specimens ... than you read the size information and you are even more stunned and completely awestruck when you realize the dimension of these masterpieces.
Congratulations, Bob, you have been successfully LaMIMMMerized ;-)
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Carrollite-MIM_Museum(2024).jpg
 Mineral: Carrollite
 Locality:
Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 75 g
MIM number:2024
Intact, symmetrical and very lustrous cubo-octahedron with a bit of matrix attached to one of the main faces.
Photographer: FMI / Federico Picciani
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Hedenbergite-MIM_Museum(2025).jpg
 Mineral: Hedenbergite
 Locality:
Malmberget, Gällivare, Norrbotten, Lappland Province, Sweden
 Dimensions: 37 x 31 x 53 cm / main crystal: 29.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 41350 g
MIM number:2025
Cluster of huge, very well formed black-greenish crystals. These are probably the largest crystals encountered for this species whose crystals do not exceed usually a few centimeters.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  4931 Time(s)

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Leucite-MIM_Museum(2026).jpg
 Mineral: Leucite
 Locality:
Salita in discesa, Ariccia, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Lazio, Italy
 Dimensions: 7 x 5.5 x 5 cm / main crystal: 2.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 93 g
MIM number:2026
Very well formed white polyhedral crystal, overgrown by the base of a smaller crystal, on a piece of matrix offering a beautiful contrast. This crystal underwent a geodic development, which is rare for this species, hence a perfect shape and smooth faces.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
Ex collection: Guido Guglielmini (Italie)
 Viewed:  4924 Time(s)

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Erythrite-MIM_Museum(2027).jpg
 Mineral: Erythrite
 Locality:
Agoudal Centre Quarry, Tansifite, Agdz, Bou Azzer mining district, Zagora Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 8.5 x 5 x 7 cm / main crystal: 4.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 324 g
MIM number:2027
Hard cavity made of quartz and dolomite in which large, well terminated, shiny and transparent tapered crystals of beautiful red color erythrite have grown. It is in fact a narrow cleft in which the erythrite has crystallized, which had to be opened, so that the sample is presented in two parts: the cavity and its "lid".
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés"
 Viewed:  4927 Time(s)

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Cumengeite-MIM_Museum(2028).jpg
 Mineral: Cumengeite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 2 cm / main crystal: 1.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 4 g
MIM number:2028
6 smooth and well-formed cumengeite tips developed in epitaxy on the faces of a boleite crystal, all forming a very symmetrical sample of beautiful deep blue color.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Lapis Jg.46, Nr. 12, Dec 2021"
Ex collection: Richard Bideaux (USA)
 Viewed:  4922 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Cumengeite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 2 cm / main crystal: 1.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 4 g
MIM number:2028
6 smooth and well-formed cumengeite tips developed in epitaxy on the faces of a boleite crystal, all forming a very symmetrical sample of beautiful deep blue color.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "Lapis Jg.46, Nr. 12, Dec 2021"
Ex collection: Richard Bideaux (USA)
 Viewed:  4924 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 27, 2023 05:38    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Prehnite-MIM_Museum(2029).jpg
 Mineral: Prehnite
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 4 x 5.5 cm / main crystal: 3.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 45 g
MIM number:2029
Tuft of very well-formed lavender-colored diverging crystals with bevel-ending, sprinkled in places with emerald green chromiferous grossular (to 4mm diameter) and, in some places, microscopic needles of apple-green diopside. It is very rare to find prehnite in crystals as sharp as on this sample, let alone in combination with grossular and diopside.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Kevin Downey (USA)
 Viewed:  4692 Time(s)

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Prehnite-MIM_Museum(2029-1).jpg
 Mineral: Prehnite
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 4 x 5.5 cm / main crystal: 3.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 45 g
MIM number:2029
Tuft of very well-formed lavender-colored diverging crystals with bevel-ending, sprinkled in places with emerald green chromiferous grossular (to 4mm diameter) and, in some places, microscopic needles of apple-green diopside. It is very rare to find prehnite in crystals as sharp as on this sample, let alone in combination with grossular and diopside.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Kevin Downey (USA)
 Viewed:  4701 Time(s)

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Nickelskutterudite-MIM_Museum(2030).jpg
 Mineral: Nickelskutterudite
 Locality:
Schneeberg District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.5 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 1.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 455 g
MIM number:2030
Plate covered with sharp, very bright and well separated polysynthetic crystals.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Charles Key (USA)
 Viewed:  4695 Time(s)

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Nickelskutterudite-MIM_Museum(2030-1).jpg
 Mineral: Nickelskutterudite
 Locality:
Schneeberg District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.5 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 1.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 455 g
MIM number:2030
Plate covered with sharp, very bright and well separated polysynthetic crystals.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Charles Key (USA)
 Viewed:  4693 Time(s)

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Acanthite-MIM_Museum(2031).jpg
 Mineral: Acanthite
 Locality:
Hongda Mine, Xiaoqinggou, Lingqiu, Datong Prefecture, Shanxi Province, China
 Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 10 cm / main crystal: 3.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 2760 g
MIM number:2031
Large block of subparallel and well separated crystals, with a sharp pseudo-cubic habit, on a piece of matrix.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "China II, Mineralien, Fundorte, Lagerstätten"
 Viewed:  4697 Time(s)

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Robinsonite-MIM_Museum(2032).jpg
 Mineral: Robinsonite
 Locality:
Tunnel di Sant'Olga, Monte Arsiccio Mine, Sant'Anna (Sant'Anna di Stazzema), Apuan Alps, Stazzema Municipality, Lucca Province, Tuscany, Italy
 Dimensions: 9 x 5.5 x 7.5 cm / main crystal: 1.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 96 g
MIM number:2032
An outstanding specimen of hairy black crystals of robinsonite developed on the top of a block of matrix. It is likely one of the best specimens of this very rare lead-antimony sulfosalt found to date.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Stefano Magnanelli (Italie)
 Viewed:  4690 Time(s)

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Robinsonite-MIM_Museum(2033).jpg
 Mineral: Robinsonite
 Locality:
Tunnel di Sant'Olga, Monte Arsiccio Mine, Sant'Anna (Sant'Anna di Stazzema), Apuan Alps, Stazzema Municipality, Lucca Province, Tuscany, Italy
 Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 1.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 45 g
MIM number:2033
Tuft of lustrous black acicular crystals developed on the top of a block of white matrix.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Stefano Magnanelli (Italie)
 Viewed:  4703 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 01, 2023 06:21    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Rouxelite-MIM_Museum(2034).jpg
 Mineral: Rouxelite
 Locality:
Tunnel di Sant'Olga, Monte Arsiccio Mine, Sant'Anna (Sant'Anna di Stazzema), Apuan Alps, Stazzema Municipality, Lucca Province, Tuscany, Italy
 Dimensions: 9.5 x 4 x 6 cm / main crystal: 1.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 178 g
MIM number:2034
Lustrous acicular crystals of rouxelite in parallel formation on a block of matrix. It is one of the best samples collected to date of this very rare antimony and lead sulfosalt which also contains in its formula copper and mercury as constituent elements.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Stefano Magnanelli (Italie)
 Viewed:  4452 Time(s)

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Rouxelite-MIM_Museum(2035).jpg
 Mineral: Rouxelite
 Locality:
Tunnel di Sant'Olga, Monte Arsiccio Mine, Sant'Anna (Sant'Anna di Stazzema), Apuan Alps, Stazzema Municipality, Lucca Province, Tuscany, Italy
 Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 1.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 58 g
MIM number:2035
Combination of the two rare sulfosalts robinsonite and rouxelite on the same piece of matrix. The robinsonite is in the form of a tuft of hairy crystals at the tip of the matrix, but also in the form of very small rings (1 mm at most) in the center of the matrix. The rouxelite is in the form of acicular black crystals in parallel formation.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Stefano Magnanelli (Italie)
 Viewed:  4451 Time(s)

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Quartz-MIM_Museum(2036).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
La Facciata Quarry, Carrara, Apuan Alps, Massa-Carrara Province, Tuscany, Italy
 Dimensions: 20 x 11.5 x 6 cm / main crystal: 3.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1550 g
MIM number:2036
Marble slab on which perfectly colorless and limpid doubly terminated quartz crystals have grown. As is often the case in the Facciata quarry, small, perfectly formed, tetrahedral, transparent and golden crystals of sphalerite (the largest measuring 2 mm) were also deposited by the fluids that have infiltrated the cracks in the marble.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Stefano Magnanelli (Italie)
 Viewed:  4447 Time(s)

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Staurolite-MIM_Museum(2037).jpg
 Mineral: Staurolite
 Locality:
Pestsovye Keivy, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 4 cm / main crystal: 6.6 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 197 g
MIM number:2037
N-shaped twin released from the mica matrix in which it was encased.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  4450 Time(s)

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Staurolite-MIM_Museum(2038).jpg
 Mineral: Staurolite
 Locality:
Pestsovye Keivy, Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 4 x 1.5 cm / main crystal: 3.1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 25 g
MIM number:2038
N-shaped twin released from the mica matrix in which it was encased. The back of the specimen features also a similar twin.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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PostPosted: May 04, 2023 04:43    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Baryte-MIM_Museum(2039).jpg
 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Elk Creek, Dalzell, Meade County, South Dakota, USA
 Dimensions: 16.5 x 13.5 x 9 cm / main crystal: 8.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1150 g
MIM number:2039
A group of bright, very sharp, amber-colored transparent crystals on a cream-colored matrix made of hardened mud riverbed. A small crystal on the right has "lifted" a matrix tongue to form. This sample is unusual as it consists of a bouquet of crystals whereas usually the crystals of this provenance are isolated.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  4107 Time(s)

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Calcite-MIM_Museum(2040).jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Artigas Department, Uruguay
 Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 27 cm / main crystal: 15.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 3400 g
MIM number:2040
Sharp hexagonal prism of calcite which has been completely coated with small amethyst crystals on top of which a large, superb, translucent elongated rhombohedral calcite grew later. What seems to be another elongated calcite rhombohedron parallel to the large one on the left has been completely coated with larger amethyst crystals, likely from a different growth phase. This entire masterpiece specimen, with its perfect proportions, was attached to the basalt geode in which it formed by the thin elliptical, horizontal section on the bottom front!
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Keith Proctor (USA)
 Viewed:  4105 Time(s)

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Elbaite-MIM_Museum(2041).jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite
 Locality:
Pederneira claim, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 9.5 x 2 x 2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 39 g
MIM number:2041
Sharp, flawless, pencil-shaped crystal of beautiful green color with an upper bluish termination.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Nature's Garden of Crystals"
Ex collection: Keith Proctor (USA)
 Viewed:  4110 Time(s)

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Isoferroplatinum-MIM_Museum(2042).jpg
 Mineral: Isoferroplatinum
 Locality:
Konder, Aldan shield, Ayan-Maya District, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x 1 cm / main crystal: 1.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 5 g
MIM number:2042
Sharp cluster of interpenetration twinned cubes.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "extraLapis No. 29: Die Mineralien Rußlands"
Ex collection: Keith Proctor (USA)
 Viewed:  4101 Time(s)

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Isoferroplatinum-MIM_Museum(2043).jpg
 Mineral: Isoferroplatinum
 Locality:
Konder, Aldan shield, Ayan-Maya District, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x 1 cm / main crystal: 1.1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 5 g
MIM number:2043
Sharp cluster of interpenetration twinned cubes overgrown with a thin gold crust.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "The F. John Barlow Mineral Collection"
Ex collection: F. John Barlow (USA)
 Viewed:  4103 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 08, 2023 07:14    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Cumengeite-MIM_Museum(2044).jpg
 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 / main crystal: 1.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1 g
MIM number:2044
6 well-formed cumengeite tips developed in epitaxy on the faces of a boleite crystal, all forming a symmetrical sample of beautiful blue color. A smaller cumengeite (4 mm wide) has formed on the lateral face of one tip, which earned this sample the nickname "Kangaroo" in reference to this animal which carries its young in its marsupial pocket.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Minerals of Mexico"
Ex collections: James Minette (USA), Keith Proctor (USA)
 Viewed:  3848 Time(s)

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Hemimorphite-MIM_Museum(2045).jpg
 Mineral: Hemimorphite
 Locality:
Potosí Mine, Santo Domingo (Francisco Portillo), Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 12 x 10 x 6 cm / main crystal: 3.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 321 g
MIM number:2045
Hedgehog of elongated white and lustrous crystals developed on a hemispherical limonite mound. The base of the crystals is black, and the smaller crystals are transparent and colorless.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Paul Stahl (Germany)
 Viewed:  3851 Time(s)

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Brookite-MIM_Museum(2046).jpg
 Mineral: Brookite
 Locality:
Thurdook (Thurdok), Zard Mountain, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 12 cm / main crystal: 8.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 65 g
MIM number:2046
Large, red-brown, translucent, flat rectangular crystal, perfectly formed on a piece of matrix studded with small quartz crystals. There are also small side crystals of brookite jutting out of the base of the large one. This specimen is intact all around and seems to be a floater.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "extra Lapis 60: Titanmineralien"
 Viewed:  3846 Time(s)

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Euclase-MIM_Museum(2047).jpg
 Mineral: Euclase
 Locality:
Gachalá mining district, Municipio Gachalá, Eastern Emerald Belt, Cundinamarca Department, Colombia
 Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 15.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 620 g
MIM number:2047
Very large sharp transparent crystal of beautiful deep turquoise blue color. The bottom of the sample is completely recrystallized. This is one of the largest samples known for this species.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publications: "Mineralogical Record: May-Jun 1999", "Mineralogical Record: May-Jun 2004", “Ikons, Classics and Contemporary Masterpieces of Mineralogy”, "Mineralogical Record: Jan-Feb 2016"
Ex collection: Eugene Meieran (USA)
 Viewed:  3850 Time(s)

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Euclase-MIM_Museum(2047-1).jpg
 Mineral: Euclase
 Locality:
Gachalá mining district, Municipio Gachalá, Eastern Emerald Belt, Cundinamarca Department, Colombia
 Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 15.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 620 g
MIM number:2047
Very large sharp transparent crystal of beautiful deep turquoise blue color. The bottom of the sample is completely recrystallized. This is one of the largest samples known for this species.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publications: "Mineralogical Record: May-Jun 1999", "Mineralogical Record: May-Jun 2004", “Ikons, Classics and Contemporary Masterpieces of Mineralogy”, "Mineralogical Record: Jan-Feb 2016"
Ex collection: Eugene Meieran (USA)
 Viewed:  3855 Time(s)

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Quartz-MIM_Museum(2048).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Feldschijen Glacier, Göscheneralp, Göschenen Valley, Göschenen, Reuss Valley, Uri, Switzerland
 Dimensions: 17 x 10 x 11 cm / main crystal: 7.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1050 g
MIM number:2048
Granitic slab covered on its upper face with a colorless gwindel displaying a beautiful twist and several quartz crystals including two left-handed crystals of 7 cm. The group is intact, which is rare for similar pieces harvested in this region.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Eric Asselborn (France)
 Viewed:  3846 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 28, 2023 10:02    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Quartz-MIM_Museum(2049).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety smoky quartz and gwindel)
 Locality:
Dammastock , Göscheneralp, Göschenen Valley, Göschenen, Reuss Valley, Uri, Switzerland
 Dimensions: 8 x 6.5 x 7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 162 g
MIM number:2049
Group of clear quartz crystals consisting of an "open" gwindel of 8 cm, a "closed" gwindel of 4.7 cm, and a quartz point of 3.2 cm. Such an association, furthermore totally intact, is very unusual.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Eric Asselborn (France)association, furthermore totally intact, is very unusual.Photographer: AINU / Augustin de ValenceEx collection: Eric Asselborn (France)
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Chabazite-Ca-MIM_Museum(2050).jpg
 Mineral: Chabazite-Ca
 Locality:
Miage Glacier, Veny Valley, Monte Bianco Massif (Mont Blanc Massif), Courmayeur, Aosta Valley (Val d'Aosta), Italy
 Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 2.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 444 g
MIM number:2050
Matrix slab covered on both sides with well formed crystals of chabazite of a very unusual blue-turquoise color, and small colorless quartz points. This sample is the best of the 4 pieces that constituted this exceptional discovery due to the melting of the glacier.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publications: "Lapis Jg. 45, Nr. 1, Jan 2020", "extraLapis 59 - Mont Blanc - Mineralien vom weißen Berg"
Ex collection: Eric Asselborn (France)
 Viewed:  3044 Time(s)

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Quartz(smoky quartz variety)-MIM_Museum(2051).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety smoky quartz and gwindel)
 Locality:
Scheuchzerhorn, Grimsel area, Hasli Valley, Bern, Switzerland
 Dimensions: 11 x 5.5 x 14.5 cm / main crystal: 14.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 851 g
MIM number:2051
Large, perfectly limpid, cognac colored gwindel reminiscent of a cedar tree, displaying a beautiful twist despite its size (almost 30 °). The front side is very lustrous, and the rear side striated with small hollow hexagonal patterns.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Eric Asselborn (France)
 Viewed:  3043 Time(s)

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Barylite-MIM_Museum(2052).jpg
 Mineral: Barylite
 Locality:
Tantara prospect, Loe Shilman carbonatite, Khyber District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 4 x 1.5 x 4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 44 g
MIM number:2052
Well formed colorless and transparent tabular square crystal with small crystals of black aegirine at the base. It is one of the largest and sharpest crystals for this rare species.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publications: "Mineralogical Record: Nov-Dec 2018", "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
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