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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
 Viewed:  3273 Time(s)

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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
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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:  3281 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
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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:  3071 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:  3066 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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Beryllonite-MIM_Museum(2197).jpg
 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:  2699 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:  2702 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
 Viewed:  2106 Time(s)

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Bournonite-MIM_Museum(2203-1).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
 Viewed:  2097 Time(s)

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Bournonite-MIM_Museum(2203-2).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
 Viewed:  2099 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:  2100 Time(s)

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Apophyllite-MIM_Museum(2205).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorapophyllite-(K) on Stilbite-Ca
 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-Ca 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:  2100 Time(s)

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Apophyllite-MIM_Museum(2206).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorapophyllite-(K) on Stilbite-Ca
 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-Ca matrix, itself formed on a black basalt slab.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence;
Ex collection: Nicole & Jean-Pierre Voilhes (France)
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Dioptase-MIM_Museum(2207).jpg
 Mineral: Dioptase with Malachite
 Locality:
Renéville, Kindanba District, Pool Department, Republic of the Congo
 Dimensions: 39 x 30 x 15 cm / main crystal: 3.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 8250 g
MIM number: 2207
Large chrysocolla shell lined inside with large, well-formed and very shiny crystals of emerald-colored dioptase offering a spectacular contrast with the light blue chrysocolla. A 1.5 cm fibrous malachite tuft is perched on one of the dioptase crystals.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1762 Time(s)

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Bastnäsite-(Ce)-MIM_Museum(2208).jpg
 Mineral: Bastnäsite-(Ce) with Aegirine
 Locality:
Zagi Mountain, Hameed Abad Kafoor Dheri, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 3.3 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 95 g
MIM number: 2208
Double terminated elongated hexagonal prismatic crystal on a granite matrix. The crystal is pierced by a small crystal of aegirine at one end.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1758 Time(s)

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Beryl-MIM_Museum(2209).jpg
 Mineral: Beryl on Feldspar (Group)
 Locality:
Deo Darrah, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 6 cm / main crystal: 1.5 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 114 g
MIM number: 2209
Group of blue crystals resembling wheat sheaves, with fibrous terminations, formed on a white matrix (likely feldspar) offering a beautiful contrast. This variety of beryl is alkali-rich and apart from Na, shows increased levels of iron (~1.5 wt.% FeO) and cesium (~0.15 wt.% Cs2O), plus traces of scandium (~0.01 wt.% Sc2O3).
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1771 Time(s)

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Rutile-MIM_Museum(2210).jpg
 Mineral: Rutile
 Locality:
Saparay prospect, Warsak District, Peshawar Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 2 x 1 x 5.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 20 g
MIM number: 2210
Very well formed dark red, shiny prismatic crystal with metallic sheen, with two knee-like twins at the base.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  1763 Time(s)

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Fluorapatite-MIM_Museum(2211).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorapatite with Actinolite inclusions
 Locality:
Ganadao (Gandao Hill), Mohmand District, Peshawar Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 5.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 109 g
MIM number: 2211
Shiny and limpid transparent tabular crystal, terminated on all sides, pale pink in places, containing thread-like green inclusions of actinolite at the base.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Quartz-MIM_Museum(2212).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz with inclusions
 Locality:
Buhirmas, Koraro, Lasbela District, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 4.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 306 g
MIM number: 2212
Double terminated quartz with multiple secondary terminations. This crystal contains an uncommon 4-phase inclusion consisting of a gas bubble trapped in the petroleum, the yellow petroleum itself, a darker brown organic material, and black carbon inclusions. The gas bubble formed as the petroleum contracted more than the quartz after cooling, thus pulling a vacuum within the fluid which vaporized the lighter cuts of the petroleum and created this bubble. This sample is highly fluorescent under both short and long wave UV.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  1447 Time(s)

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Quartz-MIM_Museum(2213).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (varieties smoky and scepter)
 Locality:
Petersen Mountain, Hallelujah Junction area, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
 Dimensions: 22.5 x 17 x 30 cm / main crystal: 29 cm
 Description:
Mass: 2555 g
MIM number: 2213
Large, perfectly formed and intact scepter quartz, with translucent creamy white upper part and black stalk (also translucent under strong light and dark amber in color). This crystal grew perpendicularly on a plate along with another lying scepter quartz, similar but smaller, as well as several normal black crystals. In fact, close examination shows that the terminations of these crystals are cream-white colored scepters primers. It is very rare in this mine to find intact scepters, and even rarer to find them on matrix.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: “Mineralogical Record, Mar-Apr 2022”
 Viewed:  1444 Time(s)

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Quartz-MIM_Museum(2213-1).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (varieties smoky and scepter)
 Locality:
Petersen Mountain, Hallelujah Junction area, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
 Dimensions: 22.5 x 17 x 30 cm / main crystal: 29 cm
 Description:
Mass: 2555 g
MIM number: 2213
Large, perfectly formed and intact scepter quartz, with translucent creamy white upper part and black stalk (also translucent under strong light and dark amber in color). This crystal grew perpendicularly on a plate along with another lying scepter quartz, similar but smaller, as well as several normal black crystals. In fact, close examination shows that the terminations of these crystals are cream-white colored scepters primers. It is very rare in this mine to find intact scepters, and even rarer to find them on matrix.
Photographer: Joe Budd
Publication: “Mineralogical Record, Mar-Apr 2022”
 Viewed:  1442 Time(s)

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Uraninite-MIM_Museum(2214).jpg
 Mineral: Uraninite
 Locality:
Chaung-gyi-ah-le-ywa, Chaung-gyi, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division), Myanmar (Burma)
 Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 1.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 17 g
MIM number: 2214
Interpenetrating twin consisting of two well-formed black cubes intersecting very symmetrically. It is rare to find well-formed uraninite crystals, let alone in the form of such a well-expressed twin.
Photographer: Joe Budd
Publication: “Mineralogical Record, Jan-Feb 2022”
 Viewed:  1442 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Gold
 Locality:
Andreye-Yulyevsky Mine, Plastovsky District, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Ural Federal District, Russia
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 5 x 2 cm / main crystal: 1.6 cm
 Description:
Yeleninskaya rossyp', Bulunskiy rayon, Polyarnaya Yakutiya, Respublika Sakha, Vostochnaya Sibir', Russie

Mass: 112 g
MIM number: 2215
Flattened (most likely eluvial) nugget formed on both sides of cubic crystals with slightly rounded edges in a perfectly parallel formation (it may actually be the same crystal with hopper formation). Some quartz and laterite are present. Cubic gold crystals are very rare (they most often have octahedron or dodecahedron derived shapes), let alone in such a well-preserved sample (despite its alluvial origin).
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence;
Ex collection: Anne Authié-Voileau (France)
 Viewed:  1445 Time(s)

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Gold-MIM_Museum(2215-1).jpg
 Mineral: Gold
 Locality:
Andreye-Yulyevsky Mine, Plastovsky District, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Ural Federal District, Russia
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 5 x 2 cm / main crystal: 1.6 cm
 Description:
Yeleninskaya rossyp', Bulunskiy rayon, Polyarnaya Yakutiya, Respublika Sakha, Vostochnaya Sibir', Russie

Mass: 112 g
MIM number: 2215
Flattened (most likely eluvial) nugget formed on both sides of cubic crystals with slightly rounded edges in a perfectly parallel formation (it may actually be the same crystal with hopper formation). Some quartz and laterite are present. Cubic gold crystals are very rare (they most often have octahedron or dodecahedron derived shapes), let alone in such a well-preserved sample (despite its alluvial origin).
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence;
Ex collection: Anne Authié-Voileau (France)
 Viewed:  1447 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 17, 2024 12:15    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Bertrandite-MIM_Museum(2216).jpg
 Mineral: Bertrandite
 Locality:
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 2 x 2.5 x 7.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 81 g
MIM number: 2216
Perfectly formed orthorhombic white and translucent crystal, terminated on both sides (clear hemimorphy with flat base and pointed top), with very shiny faces, some of which are striated. It is topped by a 3.1 cm side crystal. It is unusual to find such a large and well crystallized bertrandite. It is the largest crystal to come out of an aberrant pocket in this mine which is not at all known for this mineral (the other bertrandite crystals that have been found there are much smaller and have been cut).
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  1117 Time(s)

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Topaz-MIM_Museum(2217).jpg
 Mineral: Topaz
 Locality:
Katlang, Mardan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 12 x 7.5 x 13 cm / main crystal: 5.4 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 1050 g
MIM number: 2217
The likely geological history of the formation of this superb sample can be easily read by inspection: A large crystal of red topaz measuring at least 13 cm formed first, then got cleaved into 4 pieces by the tectonic deformations of the medium in which it was found (hence the nickname "the rocket" as they look similar to the stages of a spatial step rocket). These were subsequently displaced from their initial position by the natural movements of the medium and then “frozen” in calcite (more precisely in a light-colored tectonic breccia, which formed above a grey carbonatite). The 4 pieces do not show the same width: the section of a topaz crystal being rectangular, these pieces probably rotated before getting frozen. Part of the breccia was removed to expose the pieces of topaz that show a superb red color that is very rare for this mineral (coloration due to chromium which also imparts a strong UV fluorescence, and to the absence of natural radioactivity which would have transformed it into a sherry color as is the case for the Brazilian imperial topazes).
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence;
Publication: "Rocks & Minerals: Vol. 98, No.6 Nov/Dec 2023"
 Viewed:  1123 Time(s)

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Orthoclase-MIM_Museum(2218).jpg
 Mineral: Orthoclase
 Locality:
Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 28 cm / main crystal: 10.6 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 4300 g
MIM number: 2218
Remarkable bouquet made up of many smooth and well-formed crystals of beautiful porcelain-white color, often twinned and double-terminated, with a large double-terminated orthoclase with a rich upper termination standing at the back.
Photographer: FMI / Joe Budd
 Viewed:  1118 Time(s)

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Zoisite (variety tanzanite)-MIM_Museum(2219).jpg
 Mineral: Zoisite (variety tanzanite)
 Locality:
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 4 x 2.5 x 6.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 141 g
MIM number: 2219
Beautiful crystal totally transparent and without veils, smooth and shiny, with a perfect top termination. The crystal is trichroic even if the colors are a little pale (the crystal has not been heated): the purple is well expressed, the blue is not very saturated, and the red is rather pink. The advantage is that this crystal is perfectly visible without special lighting, and that under polarized light (such as that coming from a LED screen) one can see a whole series of amazing colors by rotating it.
Photographer: FMI / Joe Budd
 Viewed:  1116 Time(s)

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Elbaite-MIM_Museum(2220).jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite
 Locality:
Rubaya, Bahunde, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province (Kivu), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 2 x 8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 51 g
MIM number: 2220
Perfectly formed crystal, very limpid and lustrous, with the upper half pastel green without any veil and the lower half pink. Under halogen lighting, the c axis appears yellow-gold, and by rotating it under polarized light (such as that of an LED screen) the pink becomes purple and the pale bluish green becomes darker.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "Le Règne Minéral #166: Jul-Aug 2022"
 Viewed:  1116 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 22, 2024 09:33    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Fluorapatite-MIM_Museum(2221).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorapatite with Albite and Muscovite
 Locality:
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 13.5 x 8.5 x 7 cm / main crystal: 5.5 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 615 g
MIM number: 2221
Perfectly formed translucent pink crystal, lustrous and very rich in facets, stuck in the middle of a bed of mica, with a white mineral near it (likely albite).
Photographer: FMI / Joe Budd
 Viewed:  843 Time(s)

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Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite)-MIM_Museum(2222).jpg
 Mineral: Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite)
 Locality:
Krupskoye deposit, Izumrudnye Kopi area, Malyshevo, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Ural, Russia
 Dimensions: 10.5 x 5 x 10 cm / main crystal: 7 cm.
 Description:
Cheremshanskoye mestorozhdeniye, Rijeka Takowaya, Ekaterinburg, Uralsky federalny okrug, Russia

Mass: 471 g
MIM number: 2222
Large, a very well formed cyclic twin shaped as a rising sun, hence its nickname, with 4 large well separated branches and two smaller branches partly buried in a matrix of black mica schist. The crystal shows translucent areas, green under LED light and red under halogen light.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence;
Publication: "Rocks & Minerals: Vol. 98, No.6 Nov/Dec 2023"
 Viewed:  837 Time(s)

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Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite)-MIM_Museum(2222-1).jpg
 Mineral: Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite)
 Locality:
Krupskoye deposit, Izumrudnye Kopi area, Malyshevo, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Ural, Russia
 Dimensions: 10.5 x 5 x 10 cm / main crystal: 7 cm.
 Description:
Cheremshanskoye mestorozhdeniye, Rijeka Takowaya, Ekaterinburg, Uralsky federalny okrug, Russia

Mass: 471 g
MIM number: 2222
Large, a very well formed cyclic twin shaped as a rising sun, hence its nickname, with 4 large well separated branches and two smaller branches partly buried in a matrix of black mica schist. The crystal shows translucent areas, green under LED light and red under halogen light.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence;
Publication: "Rocks & Minerals: Vol. 98, No.6 Nov/Dec 2023"
 Viewed:  838 Time(s)

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Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite)-MIM_Museum(2222-2).jpg
 Mineral: Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite)
 Locality:
Krupskoye deposit, Izumrudnye Kopi area, Malyshevo, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Ural, Russia
 Dimensions: 10.5 x 5 x 10 cm / main crystal: 7 cm.
 Description:
Cheremshanskoye mestorozhdeniye, Rijeka Takowaya, Ekaterinburg, Uralsky federalny okrug, Russia

Mass: 471 g
MIM number: 2222
Large, a very well formed cyclic twin shaped as a rising sun, hence its nickname, with 4 large well separated branches and two smaller branches partly buried in a matrix of black mica schist. The crystal shows translucent areas, green under LED light and red under halogen light.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence;
Publication: "Rocks & Minerals: Vol. 98, No.6 Nov/Dec 2023"
 Viewed:  841 Time(s)

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Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite)-MIM_Museum(2222-3).jpg
 Mineral: Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite)
 Locality:
Krupskoye deposit, Izumrudnye Kopi area, Malyshevo, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Ural, Russia
 Dimensions: 10.5 x 5 x 10 cm / main crystal: 7 cm.
 Description:
Cheremshanskoye mestorozhdeniye, Rijeka Takowaya, Ekaterinburg, Uralsky federalny okrug, Russia

Mass: 471 g
MIM number: 2222
Large, a very well formed cyclic twin shaped as a rising sun, hence its nickname, with 4 large well separated branches and two smaller branches partly buried in a matrix of black mica schist. The crystal shows translucent areas, green under LED light and red under halogen light.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence;
Publication: "Rocks & Minerals: Vol. 98, No.6 Nov/Dec 2023"
 Viewed:  837 Time(s)

Chrysoberyl (variety alexandrite)-MIM_Museum(2222-3).jpg



Elbaite-MIM_Museum(2223).jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite with 'lepidolite'
 Locality:
Aricanga Mine, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 40 x 23 x 13.5 cm / main crystal: 16 cm.
 Description:
"Chameleon Pocket", Mina Aricanga, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brésil

Mass: 5650 g
MIM number: 2223
Large plate made up of a compact mixture of lepidolite and tourmaline on which about sixty transparent and shiny crystals of elbaite with perfect and brilliant terminations have developed: red for the lower part with a flat termination, and green for the upper part with pointed trigonal termination. It is unusual to have the two types of terminations on the same sample. This spectacular ensemble is the major piece of this discovery.
Photographer: FMI / Joe Budd
 Viewed:  843 Time(s)

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Elbaite-MIM_Museum(2223-1).jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite with 'lepidolite'
 Locality:
Aricanga Mine, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 40 x 23 x 13.5 cm / main crystal: 16 cm.
 Description:
"Chameleon Pocket", Mina Aricanga, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brésil

Mass: 5650 g
MIM number: 2223
Large plate made up of a compact mixture of lepidolite and tourmaline on which about sixty transparent and shiny crystals of elbaite with perfect and brilliant terminations have developed: red for the lower part with a flat termination, and green for the upper part with pointed trigonal termination. It is unusual to have the two types of terminations on the same sample. This spectacular ensemble is the major piece of this discovery.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  837 Time(s)

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Elbaite-MIM_Museum(2223-2).jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite with 'lepidolite'
 Locality:
Aricanga Mine, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 40 x 23 x 13.5 cm / main crystal: 16 cm.
 Description:
"Chameleon Pocket", Mina Aricanga, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brésil

Mass: 5650 g
MIM number: 2223
Large plate made up of a compact mixture of lepidolite and tourmaline on which about sixty transparent and shiny crystals of elbaite with perfect and brilliant terminations have developed: red for the lower part with a flat termination, and green for the upper part with pointed trigonal termination. It is unusual to have the two types of terminations on the same sample. This spectacular ensemble is the major piece of this discovery.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  850 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 22, 2024 11:58    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

It´s a very very nice post.

Congratulations MIM.
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PostPosted: Jun 17, 2024 07:35    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Lazurite-MIM_Museum(2224).jpg
 Mineral: Lazurite
 Locality:
Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 11 x 7.5 x 11.5 cm / main crystal: 4.7 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 792 g
MIM number: 2224
A large, well-formed deep blue complex crystal on a mound of micro-crystallized white quartz forming a beautiful contrast, flanked by a smaller crystal with some pyrite crystals.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  169 Time(s)

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Brookite-MIM_Museum(2225).jpg
 Mineral: Brookite
 Locality:
Ghad prospection, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 5 x 6 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 5.7 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 33 g
MIM number: 2225
Two large, translucent red-brown crystals, perfectly formed, arranged in a V-shape on either side of a 2.6 cm quartz crystal on a piece of matrix. The crystal on the right has a jagged termination which is natural and completely recrystallized.
Photographer: Mustafa Ghulam
 Viewed:  164 Time(s)

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Smithsonite-MIM_Museum(2226).jpg
 Mineral: Smithsonite
 Locality:
Berg Aukas, Grootfontein District, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 9 cm / main crystal: 5.5 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 758 g
MIM number: 2226
The main crystal of this sample, considered very large for this species, is a beautiful translucent light amber color. Its surface is composed of abundant vicinal faces (the position of which varies very little from that of a fundamental plane of the form). The major rhombohedral face is aesthetically positioned (facing the front of the specimen) and shows a subtle four-petaled rosette pattern. The intersection of the rhombohedral faces reveal a subparallel offset of crystals, producing the satiny reflectivity of the vicinal faces. The sides and back of the specimen have similar large smithsonite crystals.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  164 Time(s)

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Vanadinite-MIM_Museum(2227).jpg
 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 3.5 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 120 g
MIM number: 2227
Large, perfectly formed hexagonal crystal, red and translucent at the edges, on a cream-colored matrix lined with smaller, intact crystals.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  164 Time(s)

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Beryl (variety aquamarine)-MIM_Museum(2228).jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine)
 Locality:
Biangsapi Gon Mine, Nyet Bruk, Dassu, Shigar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 40 x 25 x 30 cm / main crystal: 36.6 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 18550 g
MIM number: 2228
Long, slender aquamarine crystal of a beautiful transparent blue, with a perfectly symmetrical hexagonal section, aesthetically jutting at an angle from a matrix made of at least 6 other minerals: topaz (including a perfect one, of 10.7 cm and clear champagne color), quartz, large Baveno twin crystals of white orthoclase, black schörl, large fan-shaped arsenopyrite crystals at the base (which is quite unusual) and small crystals of pink rhodochrosite. The front has also colorless topazes, and the back small crystals of aquamarine.
Photographer: Federico Picciani
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