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PostPosted: Dec 20, 2015 16:14    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

The best of the best, as usual.
BUT, this deeply coloured Anglesite looks highly suspicious to me, having seen so many of these when they came out.
In the late seventies/early eighties, some clever guy down there, probably doing kind of a cleaning job, stumbled over a very easy and cheap way to "improve" the colour of all the white and pale-yellow Anglesites that were so abundant at this time. No, surprise, these sold so well that they started even to "bath" nicely saturated yellow ones in their magic solution, with obiously good results....

Only a pic, where the colours may come through more or less right or not, but nevertheless thought- provoking. When the fraud finally became public, quite a few dealers got burned heavily, but I do not think that the faked specimens where thrown into the wastebin;)
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PostPosted: Dec 20, 2015 16:38    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Recommended reading : Correcting color enhanced Anglesite

Said this, I never had this Anglesite in my hands but I have seen it inside the show case (and now by its photo) and to me it looks totally natural (and very nice ;-)
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PostPosted: Dec 25, 2015 19:42    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 47  

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1097.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Copper Queen Mine, Queen Hill, Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
 Dimensions: 26,0 x 14,0 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Crust of lustrous, dark blue microscopic crystals
MIM number 1097
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21571 Time(s)

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1098.jpg
 Mineral: Diamond
 Locality:
Kasaï river alluvials, Western Kasai, Congo DR (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 1,0 x 1,0 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,0 cm
Slightly rounded, light brownish-yellow octahedron of 11.46 carats with a stunning brown inclusion in the form of a petal with 6 branches (each branch radiating outward from the center towards one of the 6 summits of the octahedron)
Mim number 1098
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  21626 Time(s)

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1099.jpg
 Mineral: Mesolite with Stilbite
 Locality:
Pashan Hills, Khadakwasla Dam, Pashan, Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra, India
 Dimensions: 30,0 x 20,0 x 17,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,0 cm
Two jointed balls of practically intact mesolite needles on a gangue of basalt and stilbite
MIM number 1099
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21609 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Andradite
 Locality:
Antetezambato outcrop, Antetezambato, Maherivaratra Commune, Ambanja District, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 14,5 x 8,5 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,7 cm
Perfect, sharp-edged, green/amber dichroic and transparent crystals (gangue visible through the crystals)
MIM number 1101
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  21589 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Antimony with Calcite
 Locality:
Lake George Antimony Mine, Lake George, Prince William Parish, York County, New Brunswick, Canada
 Dimensions: 18,0 x 13,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,7 cm
Silvery rhombohedral crystals surrounded by intact calcite needles for the majority; a gray-colored antimony crystal on the periphery covered with oxides in contrast to the crystals in the center
MIM number 1102
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  21649 Time(s)

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1103.jpg
 Mineral: Pyrite
 Locality:
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 15,0 x 13,0 x 13,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 15,3 cm
Intact, lustrous single crystal with an octahedral top and recrystallized bottom
MIM number 1103
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21671 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Davidite
 Locality:
Prilep, Mariovo, Macedonia Republic
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 3,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,0 cm
Sharp-edged, lustrous and practically complete black single crystal with crystalline faces
MIM number 1104
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21561 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Carrollite with Chalcopyrite
 Locality:
Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Congo DR (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 3,0 x 2,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,0 cm
Silvery crystal perched on a well crystallized, golden chalcopyrite crystal measuring 3 cm
MIM number 1105
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21646 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Hematite with Hausmannite and Barite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 20,0 x 18,5 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,8 cm
Sheet of perfect crystals with very brilliant faces, with a little micro-crystallized hausmannite and white Baryte
MIM number 1106
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  21693 Time(s)

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1107.jpg
 Mineral: Vesuvianite
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 20,5 x 13,0 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,0 cm
Tufts of well formed, light green needles covering a gangue
Mim number 1107
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  21606 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 26, 2015 04:44    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Wonderful! I love the gemmy andradite from Antetezambato, what a great specimen for that size!
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PostPosted: Dec 27, 2015 17:00    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 48  

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1108.jpg
 Mineral: Tetrahedrite with Quartz
 Locality:
Mundo Nuevo mining area, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sánchez Carrión Province, La Libertad Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 7,5 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,0 cm
Brilliant, silvery tetrahedron, very well defined on quartz crystals
MIM number 1108
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21317 Time(s)

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1109.jpg
 Mineral: Stibnite
 Locality:
Wuning Mine, Qingjiang, Wuning County, Jiujiang Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China
 Dimensions: 43,0 x 38,0 x 50,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 35,0 cm
Bush of elongated, brilliant and very well terminated crystals
MIM number 1109
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  21357 Time(s)

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1111.jpg
 Mineral: Spessartine
 Locality:
Sangulungulu Hill (Nani Hill), Naan village, Loliondo, Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 6,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,3 cm
Almost perfect trapezoidal icositetrahedron, rather translucent and an orangey-brown color, with few inclusions and some internal fractures
MIM number 1111
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21365 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Spessartine
 Locality:
Sangulungulu Hill (Nani Hill), Naan village, Loliondo, Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 2,5 x 2,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,5 cm
Perfect trapezoidal icositetrahedron without any impact marks, and of a very translucent tangerine color, with few inclusions and no internal fractures
MIM number 1112
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21357 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Zircon
 Locality:
Mud Tank, Strangways Range, Alcoota Station, Central Desert Region, Northern Territory, Australia
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 7,5 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 10,5 cm
Large, intact, brown crystal with a very sharp-edged pyramidal summit; some translucent areas. The age of the carbonatite zircons of Mud Tank, where this crystal was found, is evaluated at 732 million years (give or take 5 million years).
MIM number 1113
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21344 Time(s)

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1114.jpg
 Mineral: Hübnerite
 Locality:
Mundo Nuevo mining area, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sánchez Carrión Province, La Libertad Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 8,0 x 14,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7,5 cm
Group of thick, perfectly parallel, monoclinic crystals with reddish reflections, probably twinned
MIM number 1114
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21332 Time(s)

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1115.jpg
 Mineral: Hübnerite with Quartz
 Locality:
Mundo Nuevo mining area, Mundo Nuevo, Huamachuco, Sánchez Carrión Province, La Libertad Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 17,0 x 16,0 x 12,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,0 cm
Dull black, parallelepiped crystals laid out at the base of a bouquet of intact, transparent Tessin habit quartz crystals, with a Japan Law twin; small, light pink fluorite at the base
MIM number 1115
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21373 Time(s)

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1116.jpg
 Mineral: Hauerite
 Locality:
Destricella Mine, Raddusa, Catania Province, Sicily, Italy
 Dimensions: 3,5 x 4,0 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,1 cm
Perfect floating, brown octahedron with the summits truncated by the faces of the cube
MIM number 1116
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21335 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 01, 2016 19:13    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 49  

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1119.jpg
 Mineral: Chrysoberyl on Taramite and Diopside
 Locality:
Tsitondroina, Ikalamavony District, Matsiatra Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 5,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,9 cm
Subparallel formation of yellow-green crystals on a partially crystallized, contrasted black gangue (composed of taramite and diopside)
MIM number 1119
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21099 Time(s)

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1120.jpg
 Mineral: Chrysoberyl on Taramite and Diopside
 Locality:
Tsitondroina, Ikalamavony District, Matsiatra Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 7,5 x 5,5 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,6 cm
Two well formed crystals on a partially crystallized, contrasted black gangue (composed of taramite and diopside)
MIM number 1120
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21096 Time(s)

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1121.jpg
 Mineral: Chrysoberyl on Taramite and Diopside
 Locality:
Tsitondroina, Ikalamavony District, Matsiatra Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 3,5 x 4,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,0 cm
Sharp-edged, relatively transparent yellowish-green crystal on partially crystallized, contrasted black gangue (composed of taramite and diopside)
MIM number 1121
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21088 Time(s)

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1123.jpg
 Mineral: Dioptase on Calcite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 26,0 x 13,0 x 12,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,2 cm
Large sheet covered with white calcite with a dome in the center, on which large, well formed dioptase crystals have developed
MIM number 1123
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  21125 Time(s)

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1127.jpg
 Mineral: Acanthite
 Locality:
Mina Chispas, Arizpe, Municipio de Arizpe, Sonora, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 5,5 x 9,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,7 cm
Intact group of well formed and brilliant pseudo-cubic parallel crystals
Mim number 1127
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  21167 Time(s)

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1130.jpg
 Mineral: Rutile and Hematite
 Locality:
Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
 Dimensions: 40,0 x 14,0 x 11,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,3 cm
Yellow needles in epitaxial growth on hematite tablets (maximum size 6.6 cm) on a sheet of white/cream volcanic tuff
MIM number 1130
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  21048 Time(s)

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1131.jpg
 Mineral: Barite
 Locality:
Elbrusskiy Mine, Elbrus Mountain, Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, Northern Caucasus Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 3,0 x 11,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 11,1 cm
Perfectly terminated, large, transparent, limpid, amber-colored prism; in contact at the base with the micro-crystallized orpiment matrix on which it developed and from which it was detached
MIM number 1131
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21066 Time(s)

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1132.jpg
 Mineral: Phosphophyllite
 Locality:
Unificada Mine, Cerro de Potosí (Cerro Rico), Potosí City, Potosí Department, Bolivia
 Dimensions: 2,4 x 1,3 x 3,3 cm
 Description:
Well terminated and slightly dissymmetrical twin in the shape of a bishop's miter and without any cleavage. It is of a beautiful bluish-green, very transparent and brilliant, and rich in very clear facets
MIM number 1132
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21367 Time(s)

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1133.jpg
 Mineral: Beryl and Spodumene (variety kunzite) on Albite, Quartz (variety smoky) and Lepidolite
 Locality:
Dara-i-Pech pegmatite, Chapa Dara District, Konar Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 23,0 x 25,0 x 17,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 14,5 cm
Large, intact, sharp-edged, transparent, pink hexagonal crystal half sunken into a slightly bluish albite matrix sprinkled with lepidolite with a little smoky quartz; accompanied by a mauve crystal of idiomorphic kunzite measuring 17.5 cm that is also very sharp-edged and intact
MIM number 1133
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  21132 Time(s)

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1134.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite and Chalcopyrite
 Locality:
Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 34,0 x 24,0 x 20,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 16,2 cm
Sheet of large, practically intact and well-separated translucent rhombohedrons; these rhombohedrons have a rounded edge sprinkled with chalcopyrite microcrystals
MIM number 1134
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  21073 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 04, 2016 03:24    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Fantastic minerals, as always

Congratulations.
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PostPosted: Jan 10, 2016 12:49    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 50  

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1135.jpg
 Mineral: Grossular
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 10,5 x 9,0 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,4 cm
Sheet covered with 4 large, practically intact, transparent, orange separated crystals and several small, striated crystals in a much lighter color; on a carpet of small black crystals (syenite or clinochlore)
Mim number 1135
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  20299 Time(s)

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1136.jpg
 Mineral: Opal
 Locality:
Coober Pedy, Central North, South Australia, Australia
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 4,0 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,8 cm
Blade of precious polychrome opal (103 carats) cut into an oval, or which the polished upper face exhibits a play of very bright and sparkling colors. The lower part is milky white.
MIM number 1136
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  20293 Time(s)

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1137.jpg
 Mineral: Crocoite
 Locality:
Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
 Dimensions: 14,0 x 9,5 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 13,7 cm
Group of large, intact crystals in a V-shape, the terminations covered with a whitish coating. The crystals are hollow, and the ensemble is intact.
MIM number 1137
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  20336 Time(s)

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1139.jpg
 Mineral: Arfvedsonite with Microcline and Quartz (variety smoky)
 Locality:
Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 13,5 x 9,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 9,0 cm
Sheaf of 3 rather brilliant black crystals on microcline with a small double terminated smoky quartz of 5.5 cm. Some terminations are distinct.
MIM number 1139
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  20276 Time(s)

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1140.jpg
 Mineral: Arfvedsonite with Microcline
 Locality:
Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
 Dimensions: 18,0 x 18,0 x 20,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 15,0 cm
Sheet of slightly rounded, cream-colored microcline crystals topped with large black crystals and some small dull crystals with some distinct terminations
MIM number 1140
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  20261 Time(s)

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1141.jpg
 Mineral: Aegirine and Epididymite
 Locality:
Mount Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi
 Dimensions: 17,0 x 17,0 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 17,0 cm
Intersecting sheaves of very brilliant crystals with often indistinct terminations. A sheaf seems to have been broken and then to have scarred over during its growth. The majority of the contact points on the sheaves are apparently old, as they have been partially covered by small cream-colored globules. An epididymite measuring 7.1 cm appears in white layers at the base of one of the sheaves.
MIM number 1141
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  20274 Time(s)

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1142.jpg
 Mineral: Diopside with Graphite and Chabazite (Series)
 Locality:
Karo Pit, Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 3,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,3 cm
Group of intact, doubly terminated, translucent crystals of green-grass color with at the basis small crystals of white chabazite and some flat graphite crystals
MIM number 1142
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  20302 Time(s)

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1143.jpg
 Mineral: Hyalophane
 Locality:
Zagradski Potok Mine, Zagradski Creek, Busovača, Central Bosnia, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia-Herzegovina
 Dimensions: 25,0 x 17,0 x 15,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 15,5 cm
Group of intact crystals in the form of sharp-edged rhombuses with several double Manebach twins; there are inclusions of clay or iron oxides at the base
MIM number 1143
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  20334 Time(s)

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1144.jpg
 Mineral: Brochantite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 15,0 x 17,0 x 11,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,8 cm
Vein covered with elongated, dark green prismatic crystals on a clear rock
MIM number 1144
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  20304 Time(s)

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1145.jpg
 Mineral: Vesuvianite
 Locality:
Banchette, Bellecombe, Châtillon, Aosta Valley (Val d'Aosta), Italy
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 5,5 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,6 cm
Intact grouping of subparallel crystals in dark bottle green prisms with a clearly quadratic section
MIM number 1145
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
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PostPosted: Jan 10, 2016 14:02    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

That crocoite - wow!!!


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PostPosted: Jan 14, 2016 10:27    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Thank you again for all of the great photographs. There was an article in the Mineralogical Record several years ago regarding the fake sulfurs. Also, regarding the Moroccan anglesites, I agree with Jordi about this specimen being natural. The issue was apparently involving someone discovering that by rinsing the anglesites in bromine, it imparted a reddish cast to the anglesites. This one does not give me any indication that is from that batch.
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PostPosted: Jan 16, 2016 18:57    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 51  

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1146.jpg
 Mineral: Vesuvianite
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 5,5 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,7 cm
Group of two large light green-yellow crystals in a V-pattern with pointy termination on a base of small crystals, some of which have a pointy termination and others flat termination resulting from old breakage that has recrystallized; the second largest crystal is intact and measures 4.7 cm.
MIM number 1146
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19806 Time(s)

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1147.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Le Four, Puy-St-Gulmier, Saint-Ours, Riom, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
 Dimensions: 28,0 x 18,0 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,4 cm
Sheet of bluish-green cubic crystals on a first generation of purple crystals, the latter formed on a sheet of micro-crystallized quartz. The color of the crystals changes according to lighting and is rather marked in the light of day, under a lamp of color temperature 5200 K, or under a normal fluorescent lamp.
MIM number 1147
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19879 Time(s)

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1148.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite and Malachite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 15,0 x 12,0 x 16,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,3 cm
Large sheet covered on one face by intact crystals in thick, very brilliant polysynthetic blades with beautiful blue reflections and some green malachite spots at the edges, with the same material on the other face, only more dispersed. The blue of this azurite is probably due to a fine layer of malachite that developed on the surface of the crystals, and that was then covered with a fine layer of azurite giving this effect.
MIM number 1148
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19755 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Schorl and Albite
 Locality:
Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 3,5 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7,5 cm
Aquamarine crystal, perfectly clear on the upper part, with some white inclusions and iridescence on the lower face. This crystal is flanked at the base by a perfect schorl measuring 5.1 cm with tufts of white albite. The aquamarine has a perfect termination rich in faces.
MIM number 1150
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19816 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 10,5 x 7,0 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 8,0 cm
V-shaped twin made up of two perfectly transparent and brilliant, flattened, pseudo-hexagonal crystals
MIM number 1151
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19770 Time(s)

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1152.jpg
 Mineral: Schorl with Albite
 Locality:
Dassu, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 1,1 x 15,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 14,5 cm
Two large, black, lustrous crystals side by side, with perfect termination and tufts of albite covering the base
MIM number 1152
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19813 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Spessartine on Orthoclase
 Locality:
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
 Dimensions: 11,5 x 8,5 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,3 cm
Large white sheet of orthoclase crystals with intact, translucent red crystals having complex faces and a hopper motif
MIM number 1153
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19831 Time(s)

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1154.jpg
 Mineral: Spessartine on Orthoclase
 Locality:
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 6,0 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,2 cm
Small white sheet of orthoclase crystals covered with intact, translucent red crystals having complex faces and a hopper motif
MIM number 1154
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19809 Time(s)

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1155.jpg
 Mineral: Fluor-liddicoatite
 Locality:
Antanimbary'ambony, Tsitondroina, Ikalamavony District, Matsiatra Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 29,0 x 14,0 x 41,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 39,5 cm
Floating group of parallel crystals in the form of organ pipes or panpipes. The ensemble is practically intact and the crystals are sharp-edged, brilliant and well terminated on the two sides, but practically opaque, and very dark-colored with some red reflections.
MIM number 1155
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19763 Time(s)

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1156.jpg
 Mineral: Vesuvianite
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 7,5 x 4,0 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,2 cm
Group of rather transparent crystals, very brilliant crystals with a square base, green at the base and pink/carmine at the tops. What looks like breakage seems to have recrystallized, as is often the case in this deposit.
MIM Number 1156
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19770 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 17, 2016 04:01    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Wonderful specimens as usual! My favourites among the recently posted ones are the giant blue fluorite from France (what a colour AND size!), the elegant beryl and schorl specimens from Pakistan and the two awesome garnets from China with their large "glowing" crystals.

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PostPosted: Jan 23, 2016 14:40    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 52  

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1157.jpg
 Mineral: Alabandite on Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyón Province, Lima Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 6,0 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,9 cm
Well defined, black and brilliant octahedral crystals in a spinel twin with a pale rhodochrosite tuft at the base
MIM number 1157
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19304 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Clinozoisite
 Locality:
Hachupa, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 5,0 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 8,5 cm
Perfectly intact group of limpid, olive green crystals that are a little dichroic
MIM number 1159
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19334 Time(s)

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1160.jpg
 Mineral: Moschellandsbergite
 Locality:
Landsberg (Moschellandsberg), Alsenz-Obermoschel, Palatinate/Pfalz, Rhineland-Palatinate/Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 6,0 x 2,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,9 cm
Slightly deformed, silver-colored octahedron with 5 very clear faces, perched on the edge of a silty matrix
MIM number 1160
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19321 Time(s)

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1161.jpg
 Mineral: Whewellite
 Locality:
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 9,5 x 4,0 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,8 cm
Perfect, transparent and colorless twinned crystals in a V, of which one branch is partially buried in a piece of gray gangue
Mim number 1161
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19355 Time(s)

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1162.jpg
 Mineral: Uraninite
 Locality:
Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 3,5 x 3,0 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,7 cm
Very lustrous black crystal in a rhombic dodecahedron with octahedral truncations bearing striated faces. The excellent condition and luster can probably be explained by the youth of the Himalayan pegmatite in which the crystal was found: the phenomena of disintegration did not have time to alter it.
MIM number 1162
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  19385 Time(s)

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1163.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ariranha pegmatite, Pavão, Teófilo Otoni, Mucuri valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 5,0 x 9,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 8,4 cm
Two perfect crystals associated in a V-formation It seems to be an extremely rare twin with an angle of 55° 23 ', compared with the much more common Japan Law twin with an angle of 84° 33 '.
MIM number 1163
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  19416 Time(s)

1163.jpg



1164.jpg
 Mineral: Brookite with Quartz
 Locality:
Taftan, Chagai District, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 5,5 x 4,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,5 cm
Group of ten lustrous, black rectangular strips with two small quartz crystals
MIM number 1164
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19338 Time(s)

1164.jpg



1166.jpg
 Mineral: Spessartine on Albite
 Locality:
Galiléia, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 2,0 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,1 cm
Translucent, red, trapezoidal icositetrahedron with a natural fissure, resting on the summit of a small group of strips of albite sprinkled with small spessartites
MIM number 1166
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19326 Time(s)

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1167.jpg
 Mineral: Kosnarite
 Locality:
Jenipapo district, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 17,0 x 12,5 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 0,4 cm
Albite piece partially covered on the upper face with small, lustrous, brown crystals
MIM number 1167
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19308 Time(s)

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1168.jpg
 Mineral: Rutile
 Locality:
Golconda pegmatite, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 3,5 x 3,0 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,2 cm
Practically intact group of sharp-edged, lustrous, black crystals in parallel formation with a little contact at the base; chemical analysis shows zonation with a majority of tantaliferous rutile and a niobian rutile core (based on an average of 12 sampling points from the same mine: 22% Ta2O5, 20% Nb2O5, 35% TiO2).
MIM number 1168
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  19326 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 23, 2016 22:14    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

The quartz in photo 1163 -> https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/download.php?id=63803 is indeed a twin. It is, in fact, the only known example of this twin. It was alleged to have been found with others, but is the only one that was preserved. It was in the Richard V. Gaines collection and was sold after his passing. It has been described by Clifford Frondel (1907-2002), famous mineralogist at Harvard University, in a paper (Quartz twin on {30bar32} which appeared in Mineralogical Magazine, vol. 36, no. 282, pp. 861-864, June 1968.
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PostPosted: Feb 28, 2016 11:50    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 53  

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1169.jpg
 Mineral: Rutile
 Locality:
Golconda pegmatite, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 6,0 x 4,5 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,7 cm
Practically intact, sharp-edged, lustrous, black crystal with a little rear contact; chemical analysis shows zonation with a majority of tantaliferous rutile and a niobian rutile core (based on an average of 12 sampling points from the same mine: 22% Ta2O5, 20% Nb2O5, 35% TiO2).
MIM number 1169
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  18194 Time(s)

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1170.jpg
 Mineral: Microlite on Albite, Quartz and Lepidolite
 Locality:
Jenipapo district, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 9,5 x 18,0 x 15,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,2 cm
Two sharp-edged, greenish-brown crystals in icositetrahedrons, translucent and iridescent on the surface, on an apparently floating matrix of albite and pale purple lepidolite with quartz (the largest measuring 5.4 cm, frosted on the surface)
MIM number 1170
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  18198 Time(s)

1170.jpg



1171.jpg
 Mineral: Grossular (variety hessonite) and Diopside
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 7,0 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,6 cm
Two slightly overlapping crystals in rhombic dodecahedrons -- almost perfect, lustrous, transparent and an orangey-dark amber color--sunk into a matrix partially covered with small, pale green diopside needles. These two crystals clearly exhibit the combination of rhombic dodecahedral faces (flat and brilliant) and trapezohedral faces (striated) which characterizes grossularites from this mine.
MIM number 1171
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  18277 Time(s)

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1172.jpg
 Mineral: Cuprite
 Locality:
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 4,5 x 6,5 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,2 cm
Sharp-edged octahedron with rather plane, metallic-colored faces and red reflections under strong light, intact and apparently floating with some smaller octahedrons in polysynthetic formation at the back. A little semi-crystallized silver on one of the faces. The metallic color becoming red on the surface under strong lighting is probably due to the fact that this cuprite crystallized with a larger proportion of tenorite than that of cuprites from Africa.
MIM number 1172
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  18225 Time(s)

1172.jpg



1173.jpg
 Mineral: Copper and Cuprite
 Locality:
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 10,5 x 6,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Group of 9 more or less overlapping octahedrons of copper crystallized like lace through cuprite pseudomorphosis, with some small cuprite crystals (max. 6 mm) having grown back on them and a little quartz imprisoned in one large octahedron
MIM number 1173
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  18212 Time(s)

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1174.jpg
 Mineral: Copper and Cuprite
 Locality:
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 16,0 x 11,0 x 16,0 cm
 Description:
Group of elongated and brilliant copper crystals, topped with small octahedral crystals of cuprite (max. 7mm)
MIM number 1174
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  18196 Time(s)

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1175.jpg
 Mineral: Cuprite and Silver
 Locality:
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 7,5 x 6,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7,4 cm
Intact, brilliant ensemble of two polysynthetic half-octahedrons joined at the base with slight angular shifting and semi-crystallized silver threads at the joint. The metallic color becoming red on the surface under strong lighting is probably due to the fact that the cuprite crystallized with a greater proportion of tenorite than that of cuprites from Africa.
MIM number 1175
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  18190 Time(s)

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1176.jpg
 Mineral: Cuprite
 Locality:
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 7,5 x 7,0 x 7,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7,3 cm
Large, intact, brilliant polysynthetic octahedron with two micro-crystallized faces and the other faces made up of larger crystals. The metallic color becoming red on the surface under strong lighting is probably due to the fact that the cuprite crystallized with a greater proportion of tenorite than that of cuprites from Africa.
MIM number 1176
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  18193 Time(s)

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1177.jpg
 Mineral: Cuprite
 Locality:
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 6,0 x 5,5 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,7 cm
Lustrous, intact, complex polysynthetic octahedron with trace amounts of micro-crystallized silver. The metallic color becoming red on the surface under strong lighting is probably due to the fact that the cuprite crystallized with a greater proportion of tenorite than that of cuprites from Africa.
MIM number 1177
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  18204 Time(s)

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1178.jpg
 Mineral: Cuprite
 Locality:
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 4,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,0 cm
Ensemble of two slightly shifted octahedrons, brilliant and intact. The metallic color becoming red on the surface under strong lighting is probably due to the fact that the cuprite crystallized with a greater proportion of tenorite than that of cuprites from Africa.
MIM number 1178
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  18177 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Feb 28, 2016 12:49    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Finally something new from your world-class museum collection!
That grossular from Jeffrey Mine is perfect, one of the best specimens I've ever seen from that locality and also one of the most aesthetic garnet specimens I've seen at all.

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PostPosted: Feb 28, 2016 13:35    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

I love that grossular as well and the crystals are quite large for the locality. WOW!
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PostPosted: Mar 05, 2016 19:22    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

I was wondering...is this museum safe? Nowhere is perfectly safe, as NYC learned on 9-11, but I have always thought this part of the world to be a hazardous place to go. Am I too fooled by sensational news reports?
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PostPosted: Mar 07, 2016 03:20    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Tom Mazanec wrote:
I was wondering...is this museum safe? Nowhere is perfectly safe, as NYC learned on 9-11, but I have always thought this part of the world to be a hazardous place to go. Am I too fooled by sensational news reports?


I have my serious concerns also. The grossular specimen '1171.jpg' is absolutely fantastic.

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PostPosted: Mar 07, 2016 13:05    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Hi Folks,

A cousin told me about videos on YouTube about the MIM Museum. Here are the links :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StatGGnqyY8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc28tOlGuvI

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