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PostPosted: Dec 03, 2023 07:05    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Quartz(amethyst variety)-MIM_Museum(2105).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Andilamena, Andilamena District, Toamasina Province (Tamatave), Alaotra-Mangoro Region, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 4 cm / main crystal: 4.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 30 g
MIM number:2105
Twinned white quartz covered with a second generation of microcrystallized quartz reminiscent of sugar. Each point of the twin is terminated by a transparent, very well formed amethyst crystal giving the appearance of two scepters. This rare combination of twins and scepters, typical of this mine, is one of the best and most symmetrical samples produced by it. The bottom of the twin is recrystallized.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Quartz(amethyst variety)-MIM_Museum(2106).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Andilamena, Andilamena District, Toamasina Province (Tamatave), Alaotra-Mangoro Region, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.5 x 10.5 cm / main crystal: 10.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 105 g
MIM number:2106
Pointed white quartz crystal, covered with a second generation of microcrystallized quartz reminiscent of sugar. The bottom of the quartz is recrystallized, and the upper point is purple. The middle of the quartz is flanked by a group of biterminated amethysts giving this sample the appearance of a white snail with a purple shell.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Quartz(amethyst variety)-MIM_Museum(2107).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Andilamena, Andilamena District, Toamasina Province (Tamatave), Alaotra-Mangoro Region, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 5 cm / main crystal: 4.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 21 g
MIM number:2107
White quartz crystal surmounted by a purple amethyst giving this sample the look of a scepter or a mushroom. The bottom of the quartz is recrystallized.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5831 Time(s)

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Quartz(amethyst variety)-MIM_Museum(2108).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Andilamena, Andilamena District, Toamasina Province (Tamatave), Alaotra-Mangoro Region, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 2 x 6 x 5 cm / main crystal: 5.1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 32 g
MIM number:2108
Twinned white quartz covered with a second generation of microcrystallized quartz reminiscent of sugar. One end of the twin is terminated by a flattened pale purple amethyst crystal, while the other end is terminated by two hexagonal amethyst crystals of the same color. The bottom of the twin is recrystallized.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Quartz(amethyst variety)-MIM_Museum(2109).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Andilamena, Andilamena District, Toamasina Province (Tamatave), Alaotra-Mangoro Region, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 4 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 3.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 22 g
MIM number:2109
Two white quartz twins, with the main one having at its ends scepters of pale amethyst showing decreasing sections as one approaches the tip, which is very unusual. The bottom of the sample is recrystallized.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
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Elbaite-MIM_Museum(2110).jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite
 Locality:
Cruzeiro Mine, Santa Maria do Suaçui, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 14 x 7 x 14 cm / main crystal: 10.9 cm
 Description:
Mass: 306 g
MIM number:2110
Doubly terminated 13.3 cm long transparent quartz crystal studded with several green tourmalines, giving this sample the very unusual appearance of a centipede, hence the nickname "The walking tourmaline" given to this iconic specimen.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publications: “Rock and Gem Magazine, Jun 1973”, “The Tourmaline Group (1985) by R.V. Dietrich”, “Gems and Gemology Magazine, Summer 1985”, “Minéraux Passion”, “Mineralogical Record, Jan-Feb 2000”, “Ikons, Classics and Contemporary Masterpieces of Mineralogy”
Ex collections: David Wilber (USA), Keith Proctor (USA), Eugene Meieran (USA)
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Azurite-MIM_Museum(2111).jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 6.5 x 6 x 9.5 cm / main crystal: 7.1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 165 g
MIM number:2111
Large crystal flanked by smaller side crystals, on a bit of white matrix. All crystals show an unusually perfect geometry very rich in facets, with very bright surfaces and a deep blue color under strong light. The smaller crystals are even transparent.
Photographer: Joe Budd
Publication: "Mineralogical Record, Sep-Oct 2021"
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Azurite-MIM_Museum(2112).jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 14 x 8 x 7.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 910 g
MIM number:2112
Rose-shaped group of crystals of a beautiful Egyptian blue color (which is quite rare, as most crystallized azurites appear black if they are not sufficiently lit). The specimen is perfectly intact and unusually large for this kind of petal formation.
Photographer: Joe Budd
 Viewed:  5565 Time(s)

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Wurtzite-MIM_Museum(2113).jpg
 Mineral: Wurtzite
 Locality:
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 4 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 5.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 173 g
MIM number:2113
Group of very bright translucent red crystals in parallel formation showing very well the hemimorphism of this species (flared bottom and pointed top). The back of the specimen is covered with small white chabazites. A small pyrite dodecahedron and tiny crystals of zoisite are also present on the back.
Photographer: FMI / Federico Picciani
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 Mineral: Wurtzite
 Locality:
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 4 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 5.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 173 g
MIM number:2113
Group of very bright translucent red crystals in parallel formation showing very well the hemimorphism of this species (flared bottom and pointed top). The back of the specimen is covered with small white chabazites. A small pyrite dodecahedron and tiny crystals of zoisite are also present on the back.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  5562 Time(s)

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Tremolite(chrome-tremolite variety)-MIM_Museum(2114).jpg
 Mineral: Tremolite (variety Cr-bearing tremolite)
 Locality:
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 5.5 cm / main crystal: 2.9 cm
 Description:
Mass: 40 g
MIM number:2114
Group of parallel, perfectly formed and doubly terminated translucent, emerald green crystals, with a mass of graphite at the base, which is typical of this mine.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Rhodonite-MIM_Museum(2115).jpg
 Mineral: Rhodonite
 Locality:
Broken Hill Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.5 x 9.5 cm / main crystal: 9.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 199 g
MIM number:2115
Large, translucent red doubly terminated and intact crystal, with surfaces showing a beautiful iridescence. Some hexagonal crystals of the rare mineral pyrosmalite-(Mn) (the largest measuring 0.9 cm) have developed on the faces, which is typical of this mine.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "Mineralogical Record: May-Jun 2007"
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Rhodonite-MIM_Museum(2115-1).jpg
 Mineral: Rhodonite
 Locality:
Broken Hill Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.5 x 9.5 cm / main crystal: 9.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 199 g
MIM number:2115
Large, translucent red doubly terminated and intact crystal, with surfaces showing a beautiful iridescence. Some hexagonal crystals of the rare mineral pyrosmalite-(Mn) (the largest measuring 0.9 cm) have developed on the faces, which is typical of this mine.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "Mineralogical Record: May-Jun 2007"
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Covellite-MIM_Museum(2116).jpg
 Mineral: Covellite
 Locality:
Leonard Mine, Butte, Butte District, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
 Dimensions: 7 x 8 x 6 cm / main crystal: 4.2 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 383 g
MIM number:2116
Rosettes of golden lamellar hexagonal crystals n a mound shaped matrix. The golden color of these crystals is likely due to a subsequent deposit of a thin layer of chalcopyrite. The base of the specimen is studded with small pyrite crystals. The quality and size of the covellites in this sample are unusual for this mine.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: “Mineralogical Record, May-Jun 2008”
Ex collection: Bryant Harris (USA)
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Galena-MIM_Museum(2117).jpg
 Mineral: Galena
 Locality:
Sweetwater Mine, Ellington, Viburnum Trend District, Reynolds County, Missouri, USA
 Dimensions: 7 x 7.5 x 10.5 cm / main crystal: 4.9 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 509 g
MIM number:2117
Two lustrous and perfectly formed cubic galena crystals on a matrix, along with a pale yellow, 4.3 cm prismatic calcite crystal giving an unusual aesthetic to this specimen.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  5371 Time(s)

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Hematite-MIM_Museum(2118).jpg
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Cavradi, Curnera Valley, Tujetsch (Tavetsch), Vorderrhein Valley, Grischun (Grisons; Graubünden), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 7 x 6.5 x 12 cm / main crystal: 5.2 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 317 g
MIM number:2118
Two large wheels of perfectly formed and iridescent tabular hematite forming a heart (hence the nickname given to this sample) on a matrix studded with smaller hematite crystals. The strahler who collected this sample found it sitting just floating alone in the cleft where it formed.
Photographer: FMI / Joe Budd
Ex collection: Theodosi Venzin (Switzerland)
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Autunite-MIM_Museum(2119).jpg
 Mineral: Autunite
 Locality:
Nanjingqiao deposit, Pingjian, Yueyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 8 cm / main crystal: 3.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 2100 g
MIM number:2119
Plate covered on its upper surface with very well-formed books of green square autunite tablets with small crystals of black quartz. The autunite is very fluorescent under long UV rays.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5208 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Autunite
 Locality:
Nanjingqiao deposit, Pingjian, Yueyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 8 cm / main crystal: 3.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 2100 g
MIM number:2119
Plate covered on its upper surface with very well-formed books of green square autunite tablets with small crystals of black quartz. The autunite is very fluorescent under long UV rays.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  5210 Time(s)

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Autunite-MIM_Museum(2119-2).jpg
 Mineral: Autunite
 Locality:
Nanjingqiao deposit, Pingjian, Yueyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 8 cm / main crystal: 3.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 2100 g
MIM number:2119
Plate covered on its upper surface with very well-formed books of green square autunite tablets with small crystals of black quartz. The autunite is very fluorescent under long UV rays.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  5210 Time(s)

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Pyrrhotite-MIM_Museum(2120).jpg
 Mineral: Pyrrhotite
 Locality:
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 5 cm / main crystal: 3.9 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 33 g
MIM number:2120
Glossy hexagonal flat and perfectly formed crystal sitting atop a matrix covered with small quartz needles.
Photographer: FMI / Joe Budd
 Viewed:  5209 Time(s)

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Rhodonite-MIM_Museum(2121).jpg
 Mineral: Rhodonite
 Locality:
Morro da Mina Mine, Conselheiro Lafaiete, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 3 x 3.5 x 6 cm
 Description:
Mass: 182 g
MIM number:2121
Perfectly formed prismatic crystal, partly transparent with a magnificent red color, even more saturated than that of the best rhodochrosites.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  5208 Time(s)

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Bournonite-MIM_Museum(2122).jpg
 Mineral: Bournonite
 Locality:
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 3 x 4.5 x 8.5 cm / main crystal: 2.9 cm
 Description:
Mass: 88 g
MIM number:2122
Perfectly formed, very bright silvery bournonite wheel at the intersection of two complete quartz crystals forming a bend.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  5211 Time(s)

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Pyrite-MIM_Museum(2123).jpg
 Mineral: Pyrite
 Locality:
El Santuario Mine area, Municipio Ubalá, Eastern Emerald Belt, Cundinamarca Department, Colombia
 Dimensions: 9 x 10 x 10.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 2400 g
MIM number:2123
Very large iron cross twin, perfectly formed on all sides, consisting of two interlocking dodecahedra forming an angle of 90 ° between them. These crystals which are typical of this mine were thought to be limonite pseudomorphs after pyrite, but turned out actually to be pyrite crystals with a thin surface veneer of goethite.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Diaspore-MIM_Museum(2124).jpg
 Mineral: Diaspore
 Locality:
Ilbir Mountain, Pinarcik, Milâs District, Muğla Province, Aegean Region, Turkey
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 1.5 x 3 cm / main crystal: 2.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 7 g
MIM number:2124
Perfectly formed V-shaped twin consisting of two transparent crystals of slightly pink color under artificial light, becoming olive-green under sunlight. The crystals have sharp terminations, which is not common in this mine where crystal terminations are generally fibrous or indistinct.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publications: “Mineralogical Record, Jul-Aug 2020”, "Le Rčgne Minéral #162: Nov-Déc 2021"
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Vivianite-MIM_Museum(2125).jpg
 Mineral: Vivianite
 Locality:
Roșia Poieni Mine, Musca Valley, Lupșa, Musca, Apuseni Mountains, Alba, Transylvania, Romania
 Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 9.5 cm / main crystal: 8.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 125 g
MIM number:2125
Sheaf of perfectly formed, transparent and limpid prismatic crystals, of beautiful emerald green color on a gray matrix.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  4927 Time(s)

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Zunyite-MIM_Museum(2126).jpg
 Mineral: Zunyite
 Locality:
Qalat-e Payeen salt dome, Bandar Abbas, Central District, Bandar Abbas County, Hormozgan Province, Iran
 Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 2.5 cm / main crystal: 1.5 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 37 g
MIM number:2126
Perfectly formed brick-red tetrahedral crystal with corners beveled by the faces of the cube, sitting in the center of a black granular matrix. Small sparkling black hematite crystals can be seen all over the zunyite crystal.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "Lapis Jg. 45, Nr. 5, May 2020"
 Viewed:  4924 Time(s)

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Zunyite-MIM_Museum(2127-A).jpg
 Mineral: Zunyite
 Locality:
Qalat-e Payeen salt dome, Bandar Abbas, Central District, Bandar Abbas County, Hormozgan Province, Iran
 Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 34 g
MIM number:2127
Set of 9 perfectly formed floating brick-red tetrahedral crystals with corners beveled by the faces of the cube, and edge dimensions ranging from 0.9 cm to 1.8 cm. Small sparkling black hematite crystals can be seen all over most zunyite crystals.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  4929 Time(s)

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Zunyite-MIM_Museum(2127-C).jpg
 Mineral: Zunyite
 Locality:
Qalat-e Payeen salt dome, Bandar Abbas, Central District, Bandar Abbas County, Hormozgan Province, Iran
 Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 34 g
MIM number:2127
Set of 9 perfectly formed floating brick-red tetrahedral crystals with corners beveled by the faces of the cube, and edge dimensions ranging from 0.9 cm to 1.8 cm. Small sparkling black hematite crystals can be seen all over most zunyite crystals.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  4925 Time(s)

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Zunyite-MIM_Museum(2127-D).jpg
 Mineral: Zunyite
 Locality:
Qalat-e Payeen salt dome, Bandar Abbas, Central District, Bandar Abbas County, Hormozgan Province, Iran
 Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 34 g
MIM number:2127
Set of 9 perfectly formed floating brick-red tetrahedral crystals with corners beveled by the faces of the cube, and edge dimensions ranging from 0.9 cm to 1.8 cm. Small sparkling black hematite crystals can be seen all over most zunyite crystals.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Stibiotantalite-MIM_Museum(2128).jpg
 Mineral: Stibiotantalite
 Locality:
Urandu prospect, Shengus (Shingus), Baltistan District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 2 x 1 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 4.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 15 g
MIM number:2128
Translucent, vivid orange, spearhead shaped single crystal studded with small cylindrical colorless crystals (which are likely tourmalines).
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "Rocks & Minerals: Vol. 98, No.6 Nov/Dec 2023"
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Elbaite-MIM_Museum(2129).jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite
 Locality:
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 10 x 12 x 12.5 cm / main crystal: 5.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1150 g
MIM number:2129
Triple flawless, transparent, hot pink, mirror-lustered tourmaline crystal with a perfect termination, perched on a 12.5 cm black lustrous smoky quartz offering an unusual and striking contrast.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: “Ikons, Classics and Contemporary Masterpieces of Mineralogy”
Ex collection: James Horner (USA)
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Osmium(iridosmine variety)-MIM_Museum(2130).jpg
 Mineral: Osmium (variety iridosmine)
 Locality:
Municipio López de Micay, Occidente Province, Cauca Department, Colombia
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 2 x 1 cm / main crystal: 0.3 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 13 g
MIM number:2130
Silver colored nugget consisting of a solid solution in approximately equal parts of osmium and iridium. It is likely one of the largest known nuggets made of these two metals which together with rhodium, are the rarest elements in the Earth's crust. The composition varies in the sample and the proportion of iridium outweighs the osmium in some places, the opposite being true in others. The analysis even shows in some places up to 11% by mass of ruthenium at the expense of iridium. Gold appears as very rare and very small inclusions (no more than 5 microns) in the iridium-osmium matrix.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publications: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2", "Lapis Jg. 44, Nr. 6, Jun 2019"
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Rodalquilarite-MIM_Museum(2131).jpg
 Mineral: Rodalquilarite
 Locality:
Wendy open pit, Tambo Mine, El Indio, Elqui, Coquimbo, Chile
 Dimensions: 5 x 6 x 2 cm / main crystal: 0.6 cm
 Description:
Mass: 41 g
MIM number:2131
Tufts of green lamellar crystals contrasting nicely with a cream-colored matrix made of well-defined lenticular alunite crystals. The locality is a classic both for the alunite and the rodalquilarite.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  4776 Time(s)

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Vanadinite-MIM_Museum(2132).jpg
 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 16 x 18 x 7 cm / main crystal: 4.6 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 2500 g
MIM number:2132
Cream-colored matrix covered on its larger part with very large vanadinite red crystals, with a polysynthetic hexagonal base, and a fluted prismatic body. The crystals are perfectly intact, very large compared to the production of this mine which is famous for its vanadinites, and their entanglement gives the specimen an unusual aesthetic.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  4774 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 12.5 x 6 x 8 cm / main crystal: 4.4 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 706 g
MIM number:2133
Cream-colored matrix entirely covered with large red crystals of vanadinite, with a polysynthetic hexagonal base, and a fluted prismatic body. The crystals are perfectly intact, very large compared to the production of this mine which is famous for its vanadinites, and their entanglement gives the specimen an unusual aesthetic.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  4773 Time(s)

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Rutile-MIM_Museum(2134).jpg
 Mineral: Rutile
 Locality:
Saparay prospect, Warsak District, Peshawar Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 1 x 3.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 10 g
MIM number:2134
Perfect "V"-shaped twin forming a 54.4 ° angle, one of the branches being extended by a termination giving the whole the shape of a "Y". The two crystals forming this twin are transparent of red-brown color with perfectly formed terminations.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "extra Lapis 60: Titanmineralien"
 Viewed:  3414 Time(s)

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Smithite-MIM_Museum(2135).jpg
 Mineral: Smithite
 Locality:
Uchucchacua Mine, level 890, Oyón Province, Lima Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 1.5 cm / main crystal: 0.7 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 16 g
MIM number:2135
Rosette of tabular, elongated silver-colored crystals with red streak on a thin white matrix. These are among the largest crystals known for this very rare species.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  3415 Time(s)

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Christite-MIM_Museum(2136).jpg
 Mineral: Christite
 Locality:
Jiepaiyu Mine (Shimen Mine), Shimen County, Changde Prefecture, Hunan, China
 Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 3 cm / main crystal: 1.1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 44 g
MIM number:2136
Well-formed brown lanceolate christite crystals protruding from a matrix made of christite crystals intermingled with massive red realgar. These are among the largest crystals known for this very rare thallium-bearing mineral.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "China II, Mineralien, Fundorte, Lagerstätten"
 Viewed:  3420 Time(s)

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Baryte-MIM_Museum(2137).jpg
 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Piz Mezdi, Vals, Surselva Region, Grischun (Grisons; Graubünden), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 13 x 10.5 x 7 cm / main crystal: 5.1 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 372 g
MIM number:2137
Sharp barite crystal, colorless on the inside and white on the outside, resembling a large piece of sugar. This crystal developed on a plate covered with quartz crystals on both sides, which split naturally, and whose two pieces were cemented by the barite which later formed on it. This sample is a floater.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  3419 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Baryte
 Locality:
Piz Mezdi, Vals, Surselva Region, Grischun (Grisons; Graubünden), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 13 x 10.5 x 7 cm / main crystal: 5.1 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 372 g
MIM number:2137
Sharp barite crystal, colorless on the inside and white on the outside, resembling a large piece of sugar. This crystal developed on a plate covered with quartz crystals on both sides, which split naturally, and whose two pieces were cemented by the barite which later formed on it. This sample is a floater.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Galena-MIM_Museum(2138).jpg
 Mineral: Galena
 Locality:
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 19 x 19 x 7 cm / main crystal: 6.4 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 3257 g
MIM number:2138
Matrix made of small, very bright pyrite dodecahedra and quartz needles, on which have grown beautiful cubic galena crystals with hoppered growth figures and beveled edges. The whole is intact and the contrast between the silvery galena and the golden pyrite is very aesthetic.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  2948 Time(s)

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Beryl(aquamarine variety)-MIM_Museum(2139).jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine)
 Locality:
Dassu, Braldu Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 55 x 50 x 35 cm / main crystal: 13.7 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 54600 g
MIM number:2139
Matrix made of white orthoclase crystals and smoky quartz (the largest measuring 23 cm) on which have developed more than twenty perfectly formed aquamarine crystals among tufts of mica spotted with red crystals of spessartine (the largest measuring 3.4 cm). The set of aquamarine crystals forms a very aesthetic divergent bouquet.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Publications: "Mineralogical Record, Nov-Dec 2020", "Lapis Jg. 46, Nr. 9, Sep 2021"
 Viewed:  2939 Time(s)

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Beryl(aquamarine variety)-MIM_Museum(2139-1).jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine)
 Locality:
Dassu, Braldu Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 55 x 50 x 35 cm / main crystal: 13.7 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 54600 g
MIM number:2139
Matrix made of white orthoclase crystals and smoky quartz (the largest measuring 23 cm) on which have developed more than twenty perfectly formed aquamarine crystals among tufts of mica spotted with red crystals of spessartine (the largest measuring 3.4 cm). The set of aquamarine crystals forms a very aesthetic divergent bouquet.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publications: "Mineralogical Record, Nov-Dec 2020", "Lapis Jg. 46, Nr. 9, Sep 2021"
 Viewed:  2942 Time(s)

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Beryl(aquamarine variety)-MIM_Museum(2139-2).jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine)
 Locality:
Dassu, Braldu Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 55 x 50 x 35 cm / main crystal: 13.7 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 54600 g
MIM number:2139
Matrix made of white orthoclase crystals and smoky quartz (the largest measuring 23 cm) on which have developed more than twenty perfectly formed aquamarine crystals among tufts of mica spotted with red crystals of spessartine (the largest measuring 3.4 cm). The set of aquamarine crystals forms a very aesthetic divergent bouquet.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publications: "Mineralogical Record, Nov-Dec 2020", "Lapis Jg. 46, Nr. 9, Sep 2021"
 Viewed:  2942 Time(s)

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Rhodonite-MIM_Museum(2140).jpg
 Mineral: Rhodonite
 Locality:
Morro da Mina Mine, Conselheiro Lafaiete, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 5.5 cm / main crystal: 5.4 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 39 g
MIM number:2140
Transparent, prismatic crystal with a beautiful red color, a slanted termination and very smooth, lustrous faces.
Photographer: MIM Museum
 Viewed:  2941 Time(s)

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Schoepite-MIM_Museum(2141).jpg
 Mineral: Schoepite, Meta-autunite, Uranophane
 Locality:
Margnac Mine, Compreignac, Bellac, Haute-Vienne Department, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
 Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 400 g
MIM number:2141
Granite plate covered on its upper surface with small tablets of meta-autunite coated with an encrustation of microscopic needles of orange schoepite with a little uranophane.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Le Rčgne Minéral #148: Jul-Aug 2019"
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Zunyite-MIM_Museum(2142).jpg
 Mineral: Zunyite
 Locality:
Qalat-e Payeen salt dome, Bandar Abbas, Central District, Bandar Abbas County, Hormozgan Province, Iran
 Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2.5 cm / main crystal: 1.7 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 25 g
MIM number:2142
Sharp, brown tetrahedral crystal with beveled edges emerging from a piece of matrix.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  2648 Time(s)

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Topaz-MIM_Museum(2143).jpg
 Mineral: Topaz
 Locality:
Pan-taw, Kyatpyin North, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division), Myanmar (Burma)
 Dimensions: 32 x 20 x 34 cm / main crystal: 26.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 18150 g
MIM number:2143
Divergent group of several large champagne-colored topaz crystals on a white orthoclase block also featuring a 10 cm smoky quartz. The terminations of the topazes are sharp and transparent. While it is relatively common to find isolated topaz crystals, it is very unusual to find bouquets as aesthetic as this one.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: “Mineralogical Record, Jan-Feb 2022”; "Rocks & Minerals: Vol. 98, No.6 Nov/Dec 2023"
 Viewed:  2650 Time(s)

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Chambersite-MIM_Museum(2144).jpg
 Mineral: Chambersite
 Locality:
Barbers Hill Salt Dome, Mont Belvieu, Chambers County, Texas, USA
 Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm / main crystal: 0.9 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 0,4 g
MIM number:2144
Small, dark purple, very sharp tetrahedral crystal with translucent terminations.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  2648 Time(s)

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Helvine-MIM_Museum(2145).jpg
 Mineral: Helvine, Fluorite, Quartz
 Locality:
Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 2.9 cm
 Description:
Mass: 152 g
MIM number:2145
Group of three brick-colored polysynthetic helvite crystals, flanked by colorless fluorites in smooth-faced octahedra (the largest measuring 4.6 cm), with a 4.2 cm white quartz on the back. This is a rare combination of three minerals as well formed as here.
Photographer: FMI / Joe Budd
Publication: "China II, Mineralien, Fundorte, Lagerstätten"
 Viewed:  2648 Time(s)

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Leiteite-MIM_Museum(2146).jpg
 Mineral: Leiteite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, level 44 (zinc pocket), Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 2 x 1.5 x 5.5 cm / main crystal: 5.4 cm.
 Description:
Level 44, "Zinc pocket"
Mass: 14 g
MIM number:2146
Sheaf of pearly white crystals very well terminated for this rare species that was mainly found as cleaved masses with indistinct terminations.
Photographer: FMI / Joe Budd
Ex collection: Shields & Frances Flynn (USA)
 Viewed:  2650 Time(s)

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Pyrite-MIM_Museum(2147).jpg
 Mineral: Pyrite
 Locality:
Wangshituan, Jietou, Wulian, Rizhao Prefecture, Shandong Province, China
 Dimensions: 32 x 20 x 22 cm / main crystal: 17.1 cm.
 Description:
Locality: Tiāogōu, Jiētóu Zhčn, Wulián Xiŕn, Shāndōng Province, China

Mass: 11500 g
MIM number:2147
Nicknamed "2001: A Space Odyssey" because of the similarity of the pyrite crystal with the great monolith of the famous movie. Block of pegmatite consisting of smoky quartz crystals (several doubly terminated) and white albite blades, at the top of which is poised a huge perfect pyrite parallelepiped measuring 11.2 x 10.4 x 7.8 cm. The faces of the pyrite are smooth and have mirror luster. This piece gives an astonishing picture of the order (the pyrite crystal) sprung from the chaos (the matrix); it is also somewhat reminiscent of the first personal computers surmounted by their monitor. It is unusual to have a pyrite formed on pegmatite, let alone as well crystallized.
Photographer: FMI / Joe Budd
Publication: "China II, Mineralien, Fundorte, Lagerstätten"
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Cinnabar-MIM_Museum(2148).jpg
 Mineral: Cinnabar
 Locality:
Tongren Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China
 Dimensions: 9.5 x 8 x 10 cm / main crystal: 4.3 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 865 g
MIM number:2148
Cavity of a hard massive dolomite block lined with small white dolomite rhombohedrons and small quartz crystals in which very well formed red and translucent cinnabar crystals developed, measuring 4.3 cm respectively for the largest, 3.1 cm, 2.8 cm and 2.3 cm. It is rare to find so many big twinned crystals as well separated, let alone a perfectly intact crystal of 4.3 cm.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  2272 Time(s)

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Pollucite-MIM_Museum(2149).jpg
 Mineral: Pollucite
 Locality:
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 8 cm / main crystal: 5.4 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 137 g
MIM number:2149
Very well formed white pollucite crystal pierced by an also very well formed 7.8 cm tourmaline with a dark pink lower half and green transparent top. A small (3 mm) triangular microlite crystal is embedded in the tourmaline. The set is floating and even the bottom is completely terminated.
Photographer: Federico Picciani
 Viewed:  2273 Time(s)

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Pollucite-MIM_Museum(2149-1).jpg
 Mineral: Pollucite
 Locality:
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 8 cm / main crystal: 5.4 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 137 g
MIM number:2149
Very well formed white pollucite crystal pierced by an also very well formed 7.8 cm tourmaline with a dark pink lower half and green transparent top. A small (3 mm) triangular microlite crystal is embedded in the tourmaline. The set is floating and even the bottom is completely terminated.
Photographer: Federico Picciani
 Viewed:  2272 Time(s)

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Pollucite-MIM_Museum(2149-2).jpg
 Mineral: Pollucite
 Locality:
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 8 cm / main crystal: 5.4 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 137 g
MIM number:2149
Very well formed white pollucite crystal pierced by an also very well formed 7.8 cm tourmaline with a dark pink lower half and green transparent top. A small (3 mm) triangular microlite crystal is embedded in the tourmaline. The set is floating and even the bottom is completely terminated.
Photographer: Federico Picciani
 Viewed:  2272 Time(s)

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Lead-MIM_Museum(2150).jpg
 Mineral: Lead
 Locality:
Lĺngban, Filipstad, Värmland, Sweden
 Dimensions: 18 x 15 x 11 cm / main crystal: 3.8 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 4450 g
MIM number:2150
Large mass of lead crystals with microcrystalline allactite and pyrochroite in the interstices. The lead crystals, very well developed for this species, have hexagonal hopper forms, elongated fishbone shapes, or dodecahedral forms. Native lead is very rare, and it is even more unusual to find such a large and well-crystallized sample for this species. This sample, probably found in the nineteenth century (as evidenced by the very old label that accompanies it) remained in a private collection in Lĺngban until 2019, when it was sold.
Photographer: Crystal Classics / Olga Kaspera;
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Bismuth-MIM_Museum(2151).jpg
 Mineral: Bismuth with Dolomite and Erythrite
 Locality:
Gang Opal, level 371, Niederschlema, Bad Schlema (Schlema), Schlema-Hartenstein District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: 9 x 11 x 8 cm / main crystal: 2.2 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 1250 g
MIM number:2151
Group of very sharp and separated gray bismuth crystals, with small scattered white dolomite rhombohedra offering a beautiful contrast. Some faces of the bismuth crystals have a hopper formation. The base is coated with micro-crystallized erythrite of purple-red color, which is characteristic of this mine. This sample was found as is and was not acid-etched to free it from its gangue as shown by the perfect state of the dolomites.
Photographer: Malte Sickinger
Ex collection: Georg Gebhard (Germany)
 Viewed:  1924 Time(s)

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Bismuth-MIM_Museum(2151-1).jpg
 Mineral: Bismuth with Dolomite and Erythrite
 Locality:
Gang Opal, level 371, Niederschlema, Bad Schlema (Schlema), Schlema-Hartenstein District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: 9 x 11 x 8 cm / main crystal: 2.2 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 1250 g
MIM number:2151
Group of very sharp and separated gray bismuth crystals, with small scattered white dolomite rhombohedra offering a beautiful contrast. Some faces of the bismuth crystals have a hopper formation. The base is coated with micro-crystallized erythrite of purple-red color, which is characteristic of this mine. This sample was found as is and was not acid-etched to free it from its gangue as shown by the perfect state of the dolomites.
Photographer: Malte Sickinger
Ex collection: Georg Gebhard (Germany)
 Viewed:  1922 Time(s)

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Leiteite-MIM_Museum(2152).jpg
 Mineral: Leiteite and Legrandite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, level 44 (zinc pocket), Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 5 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 4.2 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 137 g
MIM number:2152
Translucent leiteite composed of stacked quadratic crystals of nacreous appearance on a black granular matrix. Orange legrandite crystals (the largest measuring 0.7 cm) have grown on some sides of the leiteite, adding to the contrast of the sample. Legrandite (an arsenate) is rare in Tsumeb, and it is even rarer to see it associated with leiteite (an arsenite), as both species result from two different oxidation states of arsenic.
Photographer: Malte Sickinger
Publication: "Tsumeb II"
Ex collection: Georg Gebhard (Germany)
 Viewed:  1921 Time(s)

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Leiteite-MIM_Museum(2152-1).jpg
 Mineral: Leiteite and Legrandite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, level 44 (zinc pocket), Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 5 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 4.2 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 137 g
MIM number:2152
Translucent leiteite composed of stacked quadratic crystals of nacreous appearance on a black granular matrix. Orange legrandite crystals (the largest measuring 0.7 cm) have grown on some sides of the leiteite, adding to the contrast of the sample. Legrandite (an arsenate) is rare in Tsumeb, and it is even rarer to see it associated with leiteite (an arsenite), as both species result from two different oxidation states of arsenic.
Photographer: Malte Sickinger
Publication: "Tsumeb II"
Ex collection: Georg Gebhard (Germany)
 Viewed:  1921 Time(s)

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Smithsonite-MIM_Museum(2153).jpg
 Mineral: Smithsonite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 9.5 x 7 x 6 cm / main crystal: 5.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 110 g
MIM number:2153
Divergent bouquet of sharp, colorless and transparent crystals in the shape of a flower. This crystal habit is very unusual for smithsonite.
Photographer: Malte Sickinger
Ex collection: Georg Gebhard (Germany)
 Viewed:  1923 Time(s)

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Quartz(amethyst variety)-MIM_Museum(2154).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (varieties gwindel and amethyst)
 Locality:
Fiescher Glacier area, Fiesch, Goms, Wallis (Valais), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 9.5 x 10 x 17 cm / main crystal: 11.2 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 942 g
MIM number:2154
Very well formed gwindel showing a good angle of torsion. What is remarkable in this sample is that the quartz crystals that make it up have amethyst ends and scepter formation. Amethyst is already rare in the Alps, but gwindel formation for this mineral is very unusual.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  1921 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Feb 14, 2024 09:22    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Fluorite-MIM_Museum(2155).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite on Quartz (variety prase) with Löllingite and Calcite
 Locality:
Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 40 x 34 x 19 cm / main crystal: 19.8 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 14150 g
MIM number:2155
Nicknamed "The Giza Plateau" for its striking resemblance with the famous pyramids of Egypt. Huge perfectly formed transparent octahedron of burgundy-red color, with smooth faces, on a plate made of prase quartz crystals (the color of which is due to green asbestos inclusions), with four small octahedra nested on its faces. Ten other small pink fluorite octahedra developed on nearby quartz points. This unusual configuration (large octahedron and second generation of smaller octahedra) is the signature of this exceptional discovery in Inner Mongolia. Löllingite covers certain quartz points, and lamellas of white calcite have developed at the back of the large octahedron.
Photographer: FMI / Federico Picciani
Publication: "China II, Mineralien, Fundorte, Lagerstätten"
 Viewed:  1605 Time(s)

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Fluorite-MIM_Museum(2155-1).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite on Quartz (variety prase) with Löllingite and Calcite
 Locality:
Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 40 x 34 x 19 cm / main crystal: 19.8 cm..
 Description:
Mass: 14150 g
MIM number:2155
Nicknamed "The Giza Plateau" for its striking resemblance with the famous pyramids of Egypt. Huge perfectly formed transparent octahedron of burgundy-red color, with smooth faces, on a plate made of prase quartz crystals (the color of which is due to green asbestos inclusions), with four small octahedra nested on its faces. Ten other small pink fluorite octahedra developed on nearby quartz points. This unusual configuration (large octahedron and second generation of smaller octahedra) is the signature of this exceptional discovery in Inner Mongolia. Löllingite covers certain quartz points, and lamellas of white calcite have developed at the back of the large octahedron.
Photographer: FMI / Federico Picciani
Publication: "China II, Mineralien, Fundorte, Lagerstätten"
 Viewed:  1609 Time(s)

Fluorite-MIM_Museum(2155-1).jpg



Platinum-MIM_Museum(2156).jpg
 Mineral: Platinum
 Locality:
Konder, Aldan shield, Ayan-Maya District, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia
 Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.5 x 4 cm / main crystal: 8.3 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 1140 g
MIM number:2156
Flattened nugget showing black inclusions (probably chromite). This nugget is considered large for this rare metal.
Photographer: MIM Museum
 Viewed:  1605 Time(s)

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Platinum-MIM_Museum(2156-1).jpg
 Mineral: Platinum
 Locality:
Konder, Aldan shield, Ayan-Maya District, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia
 Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.5 x 4 cm / main crystal: 8.3 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 1140 g
MIM number:2156
Flattened nugget showing black inclusions (probably chromite). This nugget is considered large for this rare metal.
Photographer: MIM Museum
 Viewed:  1605 Time(s)

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Hulsite-MIM_Museum(2157).jpg
 Mineral: Hulsite with Epidote
 Locality:
Lost River Mine, Lost River Valley, Port Clarence, Nome Census Area, Alaska, USA
 Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 11.5 cm / main crystal: 2.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 1800 g
MIM number:2157
Flattened black crystals, some resembling cogwheels, on a massive pale green epidote matrix. These are among the best-formed crystals for this very rare borate, which is generally found in a massive state.
Photographer: FMI / Joe Budd
 Viewed:  1604 Time(s)

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Hulsite-MIM_Museum(2157-1).jpg
 Mineral: Hulsite with Epidote
 Locality:
Lost River Mine, Lost River Valley, Port Clarence, Nome Census Area, Alaska, USA
 Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 11.5 cm / main crystal: 2.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 1800 g
MIM number:2157
Flattened black crystals, some resembling cogwheels, on a massive pale green epidote matrix. These are among the best-formed crystals for this very rare borate, which is generally found in a massive state.
Photographer: FMI / Joe Budd
 Viewed:  1609 Time(s)

Hulsite-MIM_Museum(2157-1).jpg



Hulsite-MIM_Museum(2157-3).jpg
 Mineral: Hulsite with Epidote
 Locality:
Lost River Mine, Lost River Valley, Port Clarence, Nome Census Area, Alaska, USA
 Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 11.5 cm / main crystal: 2.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 1800 g
MIM number:2157
Flattened black crystals, some resembling cogwheels, on a massive pale green epidote matrix. These are among the best-formed crystals for this very rare borate, which is generally found in a massive state.
Photographer: FMI / Joe Budd
 Viewed:  1606 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Feb 21, 2024 10:24    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Diaspore-MIM_Museum(2158).jpg
 Mineral: Diaspore
 Locality:
Menderes Massif, Muğla Province, Aegean Region, Turkey
 Dimensions: 11.5 x 8 x 11.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1100 g
MIM number:2158
Huge translucent V-shaped twin, looking pale green or pink depending on the type of lighting. The terminations are perfect, which is rare for diaspores of this mine who often have fibrous terminations, and almost never seen for crystals of this size.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publications: “Mineralogical Record, Jul-Aug 2020”, "Le Rčgne Minéral #162: Nov-Déc 2021"
 Viewed:  953 Time(s)

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Diaspore-MIM_Museum(2158-1).jpg
 Mineral: Diaspore
 Locality:
Menderes Massif, Muğla Province, Aegean Region, Turkey
 Dimensions: 11.5 x 8 x 11.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1100 g
MIM number:2158
Huge translucent V-shaped twin, looking pale green or pink depending on the type of lighting. The terminations are perfect, which is rare for diaspores of this mine who often have fibrous terminations, and almost never seen for crystals of this size.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publications: “Mineralogical Record, Jul-Aug 2020”, "Le Rčgne Minéral #162: Nov-Déc 2021"
 Viewed:  953 Time(s)

Diaspore-MIM_Museum(2158-1).jpg



Diaspore-MIM_Museum(2158-2).jpg
 Mineral: Diaspore
 Locality:
Menderes Massif, Muğla Province, Aegean Region, Turkey
 Dimensions: 11.5 x 8 x 11.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1100 g
MIM number:2158
Huge translucent V-shaped twin, looking pale green or pink depending on the type of lighting. The terminations are perfect, which is rare for diaspores of this mine who often have fibrous terminations, and almost never seen for crystals of this size.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Publications: “Mineralogical Record, Jul-Aug 2020”, "Le Rčgne Minéral #162: Nov-Déc 2021"
 Viewed:  952 Time(s)

Diaspore-MIM_Museum(2158-2).jpg



Diaspore-MIM_Museum(2158-3).jpg
 Mineral: Diaspore
 Locality:
Menderes Massif, Muğla Province, Aegean Region, Turkey
 Dimensions: 11.5 x 8 x 11.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1100 g
MIM number:2158
Huge translucent V-shaped twin, looking pale green or pink depending on the type of lighting. The terminations are perfect, which is rare for diaspores of this mine who often have fibrous terminations, and almost never seen for crystals of this size.
Photographer: MIM Museum
Publications: “Mineralogical Record, Jul-Aug 2020”, "Le Rčgne Minéral #162: Nov-Déc 2021"
 Viewed:  953 Time(s)

Diaspore-MIM_Museum(2158-3).jpg



Hingganite-MIM_Museum(2159).jpg
 Mineral: 'Hingganite'
 Locality:
Zagi Mountain, Hameed Abad Kafoor Dheri, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 6.5 x 3 x 5.5 cm / main crystal: 1.9 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 83 g
MIM number:2159
Two perfectly formed and sharp brown crystals with green sheen, including a doubly terminated one (measuring 1.3 cm), on a white granitic matrix typical of this mine.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  952 Time(s)

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Zvyagintsevite-MIM_Museum(2160).jpg
 Mineral: Zvyagintsevite
 Locality:
Talnakh, Noril'sk, Putoran Plateau, Taimyr Peninsula, Taymyrskiy Autonomous Okrug, Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia
 Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 0.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 5 g
MIM number:2160
Elongated parallelepipedal silver-colored single crystal, with stepped dents on certain faces. It is one of the biggest known for this extremely rare intermetallic compound of palladium and lead.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  952 Time(s)

Zvyagintsevite-MIM_Museum(2160).jpg



Zvyagintsevite-MIM_Museum(2161).jpg
 Mineral: Zvyagintsevite
 Locality:
Talnakh, Noril'sk, Putoran Plateau, Taimyr Peninsula, Taymyrskiy Autonomous Okrug, Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia
 Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.5 x 0.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 3 g
MIM number:2161
Silver-colored cubic crystal with stepped dents on certain faces. This crystal is considered large for this extremely rare intermetallic compound of palladium and lead.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  956 Time(s)

Zvyagintsevite-MIM_Museum(2161).jpg



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