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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:  8384 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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PostPosted: Dec 22, 2023 04:32    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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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)
 Viewed:  8113 Time(s)

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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"
 Viewed:  8111 Time(s)

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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:  8114 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
 Viewed:  8111 Time(s)

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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:  8110 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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PostPosted: Dec 28, 2023 09:40    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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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"
 Viewed:  7919 Time(s)

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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)
 Viewed:  7926 Time(s)

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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:  7918 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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PostPosted: Dec 30, 2023 10:08    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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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:  7756 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:  7754 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:  7757 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:  7757 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:  7756 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:  7757 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"
 Viewed:  7471 Time(s)

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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:  7471 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:  7467 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:  7472 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:  7468 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
 Viewed:  7467 Time(s)

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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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 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
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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
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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
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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"
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 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
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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"
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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
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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.
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 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
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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
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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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 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
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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"
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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
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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"
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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)
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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
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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
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 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
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 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
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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)
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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:  4471 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:  4469 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:  4470 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)
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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
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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:  4157 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:  4153 Time(s)

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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:  4149 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:  4151 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:  4149 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:  4154 Time(s)

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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:  4154 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:  3501 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:  3516 Time(s)

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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:  3499 Time(s)

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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:  3500 Time(s)

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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:  3500 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:  3502 Time(s)

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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:  3503 Time(s)

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Cumengeite-MIM_Museum(2162).jpg
 Mineral: Cumengeite
 Locality:
Curuglú Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 4 g
MIM number:2162
6 smooth and well formed cumengeite tips with naturally truncated terminations, developed epitaxially on the faces of a boleite crystal, the whole forming a particularly symmetrical set of beautiful deep blue color.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  2535 Time(s)

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Cumengeite-MIM_Museum(2163).jpg
 Mineral: Cumengeite
 Locality:
Curuglú Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 3 g
MIM number:2163
6 smooth and well formed cumengeite tips with naturally truncated terminations, developed epitaxially on the faces of a boleite crystal, the whole forming a particularly symmetrical set of beautiful deep blue color.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  2537 Time(s)

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Cumengeite-MIM_Museum(2164).jpg
 Mineral: Cumengeite
 Locality:
Curuglú Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 4 g
MIM number:2164
Cumengeite having an uncommon flattened shape with very truncated tips developed in epitaxy on a central boleite crystal. The whole is intact and shiny.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  2534 Time(s)

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Cumengeite-MIM_Museum(2165).jpg
 Mineral: Cumengeite
 Locality:
Curuglú 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: 1.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 2 g
MIM number:2165
6 smooth and well-formed cumengeite tips with pointed endings, developed in epitaxy on the faces of a boleite crystal, the whole forming a particularly symmetrical set of beautiful deep blue color.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  2534 Time(s)

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Olivenite-MIM_Museum(2166).jpg
 Mineral: Olivenite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.5 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 2.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 34 g
MIM number:2166
Crown of very well-formed crystals with perfect roof-shaped endings, of very shiny dark green color, well separated and bordering a piece of gray matrix.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  2535 Time(s)

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Barylite-MIM_Museum(2167).jpg
 Mineral: Barylite
 Locality:
Crystal Peak area, Teller County, Colorado, USA
 Dimensions: 4 x 1.5 x 5.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 82 g
MIM number:2167
Blocky, rectangular, well-formed translucent tablet with a pale gray-blue color. It is one of the largest crystals known for this rare species.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Ex collection: Richard Kosnar (USA)
 Viewed:  2536 Time(s)

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Tellurium-MIM_Museum(2168).jpg
 Mineral: Tellurium
 Locality:
Koçkbulak (Kochbulak) Mine, Ohangaron District, Tashkent Region, Republic of Uzbekistan
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x 4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 19 g
MIM number:2168
Silver-colored single crystal, considered well-formed for this species, with flat faces and a hexagonal section resembling that of a quartz.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1898 Time(s)

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Proustite-MIM_Museum(2169).jpg
 Mineral: Proustite
 Locality:
Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 0.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 197 g
MIM number:2169
Floating group of small, very well formed and shiny trigonal crystals, with beautiful red color and metallic sheen.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1899 Time(s)

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Diamond-MIM_Museum(2170).jpg
 Mineral: Diamond
 Locality:
Orapa Mine, Orapa, Letlhakane, Central District, Botswana
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 1,4 x 1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 2 g
MIM number:2170
White, translucent, shiny 11.45 carat crystal with the very unusual form of a "re-entrant cube", a form exhibiting cube faces that are highly depressed relative to the edges and corners. The overall outlines of this crystal are those of a cube although it actually shows no cube faces.
Photographer: Jeffrey A. Scovil
Publications: "Rocks & Minerals, Vol. 89, 2014", "The Collector's Newspaper, Vol. 8, 2014", "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés", "extraLapis No. 19: Diamond - The Ultimate Gemstone"
Ex collection: Alexander Schauss (USA)
 Viewed:  1900 Time(s)

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Hematite-MIM_Museum(2171).jpg
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Loi Shilman Valley, Mohmand District, Peshawar Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 4 x 5 x 4 cm / main crystal: 4.8 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 69 g
MIM number:2171
Perfect hexagonal black and shiny tablet, on the two main faces of which another smaller hexagonal tablet has formed into a twin making an angle of 60 °. This very unusual specimen is a floater.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1899 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 19, 2024 12:40    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Stannite-MIM_Museum(2172).jpg
 Mineral: Stannite on Quartz
 Locality:
Lianzhou City (Lianxian), Qingyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
 Dimensions: 16.5 x 8.5 x 9.5 cm / main crystal: 1.9 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 710 g
MIM number:2172
Beautiful mound formed of white quartz needles sprinkled with over a dozen very well formed lustrous black stannite crystals. Stannite crystallizations are rare: sphenohedra (tetragonal tetrahedra), disphenohedra or pseudo-octahedra (which is the case in this sample).
Photographer: Malte Sickinger
 Viewed:  1546 Time(s)

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Stannite-MIM_Museum(2172-1).jpg
 Mineral: Stannite on Quartz
 Locality:
Lianzhou City (Lianxian), Qingyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
 Dimensions: 16.5 x 8.5 x 9.5 cm / main crystal: 1.9 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 710 g
MIM number:2172
Beautiful mound formed of white quartz needles sprinkled with over a dozen very well formed lustrous black stannite crystals. Stannite crystallizations are rare: sphenohedra (tetragonal tetrahedra), disphenohedra or pseudo-octahedra (which is the case in this sample).
Photographer: Malte Sickinger
 Viewed:  1543 Time(s)

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Enargite-MIM_Museum(2173).jpg
 Mineral: Enargite and Pyrite
 Locality:
Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 8 x 7.5 x 5 cm / main crystal: 2.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 272 g
MIM number:2173
V-shaped twin made of two flattened enargite crystals coated with shiny microscopic crystals of another sulfide. The enargite has grown on a matrix made of beveled octahedral crystals (maximum size: 1.6 cm - most likely pyrite covered in places with a gray coating). Other smaller enargite crystals are found here and there on the matrix. The specimen is aesthetic for a mineral which is rarely so.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1547 Time(s)

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Gerhardtite-MIM_Museum(2174).jpg
 Mineral: Gerhardtite and Buttgenbachite
 Locality:
Tenke deposit, Tenke-Fungurume area, Kolwezi District, Lualaba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 6.5 x 3 x 4 cm / main crystal: 2.8 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 118 g
MIM number:2174
Massive cuprite matrix in a cavity of which a very dark blue-green perfect gerhardtite crystal of parallelepiped shape has developed, formed of parallel layers and surrounded by small tufts of bright blue buttgenbachite. Part of the rear side of this crystal shows a natural cavity which is covered in places with microcrystals of a green mineral (brochantite or malachite). It is one of the largest and best formed crystals of this very rare nitrate known to date.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1548 Time(s)

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Vanadinite-MIM_Museum(2175).jpg
 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 12 x 7.5 x 7 cm / main crystal: 4.2 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 858 g
MIM number:2175
Group of lustrous and very well formed red-brown hexagonal crystals, considered enormous for the species (larger crystals have been found, but they are all polysynthetic).
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1551 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 20, 2024 04:46    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

That is THE vanadinite of all vanadinites!
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Sphalerite(marmatite variety)-MIM_Museum(2176).jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite (variety marmatite) on Quartz
 Locality:
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Russia
 Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 9 cm / main crystal: 5.7 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 1050 g
MIM number:2176
Octahedral black crystal with very smooth and shiny faces on a mound of white quartz crystals offering an astonishing contrast. The edges of the crystal show in fact that it is a twin of spinel type. A small flat galena crystal of 1.6 cm has developed on one side of the sphalerite, and another galena crystal of 2.3 cm is isolated at the bottom of the matrix.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1243 Time(s)

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Pyrolusite-MIM_Museum(2177).jpg
 Mineral: Pyrolusite
 Locality:
Gremmelsbach (Triberg im Schwarzwald), Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
 Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 13 cm / main crystal: 16.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 2200 g
MIM number:2177
Interpenetrated sprays of black, very shiny acicular crystals. Pyrolusite is an abundant industrial mineral which very rarely gives samples as aesthetic as this one with clearly defined crystals.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1240 Time(s)

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Tantalowodginite-MIM_Museum(2178).jpg
 Mineral: Tantalowodginite on Albite with 'lepidolite'
 Locality:
Dara-i-Pech pegmatite, Chapa Dara District, Kunar Province (Konar), Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 10 x 6 x 5.5 cm / main crystal: 2.9 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 285 g
MIM number:2178
Group of white albite blades surmounted by lepidolite on top of which two apparently twinned and very well formed crystals of red-brown tantalowodginite have formed. Perpendicularly to the face of one of these two crystals a perfect transparent 3mm crystal of tantalite-(Mn) has grown. A third tantalowodginite crystal has formed at the rear within the albite.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1244 Time(s)

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Görgeyite-MIM_Museum(2179).jpg
 Mineral: Görgeyite and Halite
 Locality:
Inder Lake, Inder, Atyrau Province, Kazakhstan
 Dimensions: 16 x 10 x 13 cm / main crystal: 15.5 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 712 g
MIM number:2179
Large, well-formed, cream-colored, prismatic and doubly terminated crystal crossed by several smaller side crystals of similar shape, with a small cube (1.5 cm) of blue halite at the base.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1241 Time(s)

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Quintinite(Grupo)-MIM_Museum(2180).jpg
 Mineral: Quintinite (Group) with Calcite, Phlogopite and Magnetite
 Locality:
Kovdor Zheleznyi Mine, Kovdor Massif, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 4 cm / main crystal: 2.1 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 259 g
MIM number:2180
Druses of very well formed crystals for the species, dark orange-red and translucent, with pointed hexagonal terminations, on a matrix of phlogopite, calcite and magnetite.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publications: "Mineralyi Kovdora - Minerals of the Kovdor Massif", "Kovdor"
Ex collection: V.N. Yakovenchuk (Russie)
 Viewed:  1239 Time(s)

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Labuntsovite-Mn-MIM_Museum(2181).jpg
 Mineral: Labuntsovite-Mn with Albite and Natrolite
 Locality:
N'orkpakhk Mountain, Khibiny Massif, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 8 x 13 x 8 cm / main crystal: 2.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 772 g
MIM number:2181
Double fan of well-formed orange-brown crystals on a matrix of natrolite and albite.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "Mineralyi Khybinskovo Massiva"
 Viewed:  1242 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 27, 2024 02:39    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Pyrolusite
Gremmelsbach (Triberg im Schwarzwald), Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
24 x 16 x 13 cm / main crystal: 16.0 cm.
Like all MIM specimens, this piece is just incredible! For sure one of the best and largest Gremmelsbach pyrolusites ever found, I have never seen a piece that large and that good. At first sight I thought it was a Wuning Mine stibnite ;-)
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PostPosted: Mar 27, 2024 05:21    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Shomiokite-(Y) -MIM_Museum(2182).jpg
 Mineral: Shomiokite-(Y)
 Locality:
Umbozero Mine, Alluaiv Mountain, Lovozero Massif, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 6 cm / main crystal: 2.3 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 210 g
MIM number:2182
Columnar aggregate of transparent pale pink crystals on matrix.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  750 Time(s)

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Lorenzenite-MIM_Museum(2183).jpg
 Mineral: Lorenzenite
 Locality:
Selsurt Mountain (Flora Mountain), Lovozero Massif, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 5.5 cm / main crystal: 2.6 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 334 g
MIM number:2183
Three very well formed and doubly terminated chocolate brown crystals on a gray matrix.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  747 Time(s)

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Natrosilite-MIM_Museum(2184).jpg
 Mineral: Natrosilite
 Locality:
Palitra pegmatite, Karnasurt Mine, Karnasurt Mountain, Lovozero Massif, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 13 x 9.5 x 12 cm / main crystal: 12.2 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 874 g
MIM number:2184
Large aggregate of white natrosilite sheets developed on a piece of gray matrix.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  747 Time(s)

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Malachite-MIM_Museum(2185).jpg
 Mineral: Malachite
 Locality:
L'Etoile du Congo Mine (Star of the Congo Mine), Lubumbashi (Elizabethville), Katanga Copper Crescent, Haut-Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 40 x 26 x 68 cm
 Description:
Mass: 38300 g
MIM number:2185
Nicknamed "Emerald City" because of its striking resemblance to the mythical city of the movie "The Wizard of Oz". Group of large parallel stalactites (the largest measuring 44 cm) of a beautiful, very shiny green, on an earth-colored matrix (it is probable that this set was detached from the ceiling of the vein and therefore pointed downwards). The stalactites give a “wet” impression under lighting due to the microcrystals which form their surface. It is rare to find such a large and aesthetic group in this condition.
Photographer: FMI / Federico Picciani
Publication: "Rocks & Minerals: Vol. 98, No.6 Nov/Dec 2023"
 Viewed:  751 Time(s)

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Uvite-MIM_Museum(2186).jpg
 Mineral: Uvite on Magnesite
 Locality:
Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
 Dimensions: 10 x 13 x 7 cm / main crystal: 3.3 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 904 g
MIM number:2186
Large, very well formed and shiny dark red crystals on a matrix of massive white magnesite covered with small rhombohedra of magnesite.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  753 Time(s)

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Kolwezite-MIM_Museum(2187).jpg
 Mineral: Kolwezite on Dolomite (variety Co-bearing dolomite)
 Locality:
Kakanda, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 17 x 13 x 5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 929 g
MIM number:2187
Green-brown kolwezite pseudomorphosing after octahedral cuprite crystals (the largest measuring 1.1 cm) on a massive cobaltiferous dolomite matrix of a beautiful magenta color offering a surprising contrast with the kolwezite.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  753 Time(s)

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