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PostPosted: Apr 02, 2024 09:25    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Sphalerite(cleiophane variety)-MIM_Museum(2188).jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite (variety cleiophane) on Dolomite
 Locality:
Lengenbach Quarry, Fäld, Binn Valley (Binntal), Wallis (Valais), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 4 x 6 x 4 cm / main crystal: 1.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 125 g
MIM number:2188
Perfectly formed, transparent and very shiny twinned crystal of golden color on a massive white dolomite matrix covered with small quartz and adularia crystals.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Cuprite-MIM_Museum(2189).jpg
 Mineral: Cuprite on Chrysocolla
 Locality:
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Lualaba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 7 x 9.5 x 6 cm / main crystal: 2.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 219 g
MIM number:2189
Perfectly formed translucent dark red octahedron on a chrysocolla matrix offering an astonishing color contrast. Other cuprite crystals (the largest measuring 9 mm) uniformly coated with chrysocolla dot the matrix.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Fluorite-MIM_Museum(2190).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite with Tourmaline (Group) and Albite (variety cleavelandite)
 Locality:
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.5 x 8 cm / main crystal: 6.1 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 250 g
MIM number:2190
Transparent, mint green fluorite octahedron with truncated summits, crossed by a 6.9 cm tourmaline with green head and black body. The latter is topped with other similar but smaller tourmalines, as well as lamella of cleavelandite.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1294 Time(s)

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Wodginite-MIM_Museum(2191).jpg
 Mineral: Wodginite with Albite
 Locality:
Jabba prospect, Nangalam, Dara-I-Pech District (Pech District), Kunar Province (Konar), Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 5.0 cm
 Description:
Jabba Mine, Nangalam Village, Marongay district, Kunar, Afghanistan

Mass: 133 g
MIM number:2191
Two tufts of white albite forming a bow tie with 3 perfectly formed, smooth and shiny crystals of wodginite in the middle offering a superb contrast. Wodginite crystals of this size and sharpness are not common in this region.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1292 Time(s)

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Diopside-MIM_Museum(2192).jpg
 Mineral: Diopside on Calcite with Phlogopite
 Locality:
Pitwak Mine, Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 6.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 150 g
MIM number:2192
Perfectly formed translucent green crystal rising from a marble matrix with phlogopite crystals at the back. A smaller crystal of diopside is lying at the base of the large crystal.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2024 05:49    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

... I speak two languages, each with a big vocabulary, but I'm really running out of words for what I see here.
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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2024 07:44    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Sodalite(hackmanite variety)-MIM_Museum(2193).jpg
 Mineral: Sodalite (variety hackmanite) on Calcite
 Locality:
Pitwak Mine, Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 6.5 x 3 x 5 cm / main crystal: 2.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 86 g
MIM number:2193
Perfectly formed crystal of light blue translucent sodalite (hackmanite variety) on a white marble matrix. The crystal has all its faces and is smooth and shiny (which is not common for these sodalites released from the marble in which they were formed). In addition, it shows a very strong orange fluorescence under long UV, and a pale yellow phosphorescence.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1088 Time(s)

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Cuprite-MIM_Museum(2194).jpg
 Mineral: Cuprite on Chrysocolla
 Locality:
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Lualaba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 11.5 x 6 x 4 cm / main crystal: 2.3 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 209 g
MIM number:2194
Thin plate of chrysocolla with two separate groups made of sub-parallel, translucent and very shiny red cuprite crystals. These cuprites likely grew in a geode to explain such unusual brilliance.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1088 Time(s)

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Titanite-MIM_Museum(2195).jpg
 Mineral: Titanite with Chlorite
 Locality:
Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 7.5 cm / main crystal: 7.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 89 g
MIM number:2195
Perfectly formed thick crystal showing the classical gutter twin, in a beautiful green color, transparent in places, with chlorite inclusions on the back. A small 2.1 cm large highly chlorite included sphene crystal juts out on its back.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1085 Time(s)

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Carrollite-MIM_Museum(2196).jpg
 Mineral: Carrollite
 Locality:
Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm / main crystal: 2.3 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 11 g
MIM number:2196
Crystal in the shape of a perfect regular octahedron with almost non-truncated vertices, which is rare for this mineral.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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 Mineral: Beryllonite with Pollucite
 Locality:
Boulachi prospect, Roundu Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 60 x 35 x 27 cm / main crystal: 36.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 35000 g
MIM number:2197
Large, cream-gray beryllonite wheel developed on a matrix made of 7 large, well-formed white pollucite crystals (the largest measuring 18 cm). It is very unusual to find these two rare minerals in association, let alone in such a large and well-formed sample. The whole is reminiscent of a reclining lion whose body and legs are pollucite and the mane beryllonite, hence the nickname "The Lion of Kashmir" given to this piece.
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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2024 07:54    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Tobi wrote:
... I speak two languages, each with a big vocabulary, but I'm really running out of words for what I see here.

"If I were a rich man
Ya ba dibba dibba dibba dibba dibba dibba dum..."
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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2024 01:49    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Fluorite-MIM_Museum(2198).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite on Quartz
 Locality:
Planggenstock, Uri, Switzerland
 Dimensions: 21 x 13 x 9 cm / main crystal: 10.8 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 1750 g
MIM number:2198
Large translucent perfectly formed dark pink octahedron perched on a 20.5 cm doubly terminated transparent and colorless quartz. It is rare to find a combination of these two minerals in a floating set of this size, let alone so well preserved.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "Rocks & Minerals: Vol. 98, No.6 Nov/Dec 2023"
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Diamond-MIM_Museum(2199).jpg
 Mineral: Diamond
 Locality:
Schutsekama Mine, Riet River, Ritchie, Sol Plaatje Local Municipality, Frances Baard Municipality, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3 cm / main crystal: 2.7 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 19 g
MIM number:2199
Perfectly formed and symmetrical octahedron with sharp points and faces augmented by very flattened 6-sided rounded pyramidal shapes. The crystal weighs 92.58 carats, is light yellow, and is surprisingly clean (a single 1mm inclusion is visible very close to the surface, the interior being completely clear). It is astonishing that this crystal, found in the diamond-bearing gravel of a river, has survived so intact.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "Rocks & Minerals: Vol. 98, No.6 Nov/Dec 2023"
 Viewed:  712 Time(s)

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Topaz-MIM_Museum(2200).jpg
 Mineral: Topaz with Quartz, Albite and Epidote
 Locality:
Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 11 x 6 x 7 cm / main crystal: 8.9 cm.
 Description:
Bia Sapa mine, Shigar valley, Skardu, Pakistan

Mass: 581 g
MIM number:2200
Stout, perfectly formed, completely transparent, with a beautiful dark amber color topaz crystal on a matrix of quartz and albite. The faces of the topaz are very shiny, and the top and one side face are lined with black epidote microcrystals.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Bismutotantalite-MIM_Museum(2201).jpg
 Mineral: Bismutotantalite zoned with Bismuth & Stibiotantalite (variety Nb-bearing) and with Albite and Tourmaline (Group)
 Locality:
Ifẹ, Osun State, Nigeria
 Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 16 cm
 Description:
Ile-Ife Pegmatite District, Osun State, Nigeria

Mass: 2988 g
MIM number:2201
Large, wery well-formed crystal exhibiting unusual morphology for orthorhombic Na-Tb oxides, with elongated, tapered terminal faces. It displays a visually striking color zonation, from translucent, smoke-gray and brown cores (bismuth and niobium-rich stibiotantalite), to opaque black rims (bismutotantalite). There is minor matrix on one corner which is composed of albite and green tourmaline (the main mineral from this pegmatite).
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  714 Time(s)

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Copper-MIM_Museum(2202).jpg
 Mineral: Copper
 Locality:
Champion Mine, Painesdale, Houghton County, Michigan, USA
 Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 x 13.5 cm / main crystal: 1.6 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 485 g
MIM number:2202
Aesthetic group consisting of several copper “feathers” with perfect natural brown patina. Crystals are elongated along one or more of the cubic axes with repeated growth along their lengths, which results in this 3-dimensional arborescent form with "branches" at right angles to the "stem". It is rare to have so many “feathers” together in one piece: usually this locality just produces single copper “feathers” with no matrix.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collections: Robert Hajenga (USA), David Johnson (USA)
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PostPosted: Apr 18, 2024 22:09    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Wow, the color of the fluorite is one of the best, I've ever seen!
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PostPosted: Apr 22, 2024 07:43    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Bournonite-MIM_Museum(2203).jpg
 Mineral: Bournonite on Quartz
 Locality:
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 6 x 13.5 cm / main crystal: 5.5 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 194 g
MIM number: 2203
Very well-formed, intact and very shiny complex crystal perched on the end of a doubly terminated quartz crystal, and pierced by three other smaller quartz crystals. The cogwheel characteristic of bournonite appears very well on the periphery of the crystal. The specimen has an astonishing appearance reminiscent of a lollipop.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
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 Mineral: Bournonite on Quartz
 Locality:
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 6 x 13.5 cm / main crystal: 5.5 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 194 g
MIM number: 2203
Very well-formed, intact and very shiny complex crystal perched on the end of a doubly terminated quartz crystal, and pierced by three other smaller quartz crystals. The cogwheel characteristic of bournonite appears very well on the periphery of the crystal. The specimen has an astonishing appearance reminiscent of a lollipop.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
 Viewed:  110 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Bournonite on Quartz
 Locality:
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 6 x 13.5 cm / main crystal: 5.5 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 194 g
MIM number: 2203
Very well-formed, intact and very shiny complex crystal perched on the end of a doubly terminated quartz crystal, and pierced by three other smaller quartz crystals. The cogwheel characteristic of bournonite appears very well on the periphery of the crystal. The specimen has an astonishing appearance reminiscent of a lollipop.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott
 Viewed:  110 Time(s)

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Siderite-MIM_Museum(2204).jpg
 Mineral: Siderite on Orthoclase
 Locality:
Medina, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 32 x 30 x 41 cm / main crystal: 32 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 27800 g
MIM number: 2204
Huge olive-green rhombohedral monocrystal perched on a white orthoclase matrix offering an astonishing contrast. It is very rare to find such a large and well-formed crystal for this species. The siderite is translucent under strong light up to a few millimeters thickness. The specimen was found as is, as evidenced by the small crystals of other minerals (including fluorite) that dot the faces of the orthoclase.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  111 Time(s)

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Apophyllite-MIM_Museum(2205).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorapophyllite-(K)
 Locality:
Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra, India
 Dimensions: 44 x 25 x 55 cm / main crystal: 3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 42600 g
MIM number: 2205
Spectacular alignment of green apophyllite crystals measuring approximately 65 cm and taking the appearance of a snake, hence the nickname "Kaa" after the fictional giant snake from The Jungle Book stories written by Rudyard Kipling. The basalt slab covered with white stilbite on which the snake formed seems complete on all sides. It is very rare to find such a large specimen (let alone with this unusual aesthetic) in such good condition.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence;
Ex collection: Nicole & Jean-Pierre Voilhes (France)
 Viewed:  110 Time(s)

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Apophyllite-MIM_Museum(2206).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorapophyllite-(K)
 Locality:
Momim Akhada, Rahuri, Ahmadnagar District, Maharashtra, India
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 16 x 24 cm / main crystal: 2 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 2000 g
MIM number: 2206
Two perfect interpenetrating green spherical tufts, the largest measuring 8 cm in diameter and the smallest 6.5 cm. They consist of prismatic, tabular-terminated crystals, and have grown on a pearl-white stilbite matrix, itself formed on a black basalt slab.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence;
Ex collection: Nicole & Jean-Pierre Voilhes (France)
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