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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2012 03:38    Post subject: German Gemstone Museum Idar-Oberstein  

I spent some days in Rhineland-Palatinate and finished them with a trip to the Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum (German Gemstone Museum) in the famous mining and jewelry city of Idar-Oberstein yesterday. Here are some pictures i took in the museum. Of course my focus was on natural rough minerals and not on faceted stuff. I'm sorry that some of the specimens have no locality info, they were not provided with each piece because the museum's focus is on gems and some of this world-class specimens were "only" there to demonstrate how the gems look when they come from mines.


ach-BRA.JPG
 Description:
Large slice of agate
Brazil
Appr. 60 cm
 Viewed:  15879 Time(s)

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cal-IDA.JPG
 Description:
Calcite
Fischbachtal, an area near Idar-Oberstein
Appr. 15 cm
 Viewed:  15854 Time(s)

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tisch.JPG
 Description:
Old table where agate was polished in the past
Used in Idar-Oberstein
Width appr. 1 m
 Viewed:  15849 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2012 03:44    Post subject: Re: German Gemstone Museum Idar-Oberstein  

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dem-ITA.JPG
 Description:
Demantoide
South Tyrol
Appr. 20-25 cm
 Viewed:  15856 Time(s)

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gro-MAL.JPG
 Description:
Grossular
Mali
Size of a handball
 Viewed:  15862 Time(s)

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opa-AUS.JPG
 Description:
Opal
Australia
Appr. 15 cm
 Viewed:  15866 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2012 03:48    Post subject: Re: German Gemstone Museum Idar-Oberstein  

Some aquamarines that nearly made me lose my mind:


aqua1.JPG
 Description:
Large aquamarine cluster
Pakistan
Appr. 20-25 cm
 Viewed:  15860 Time(s)

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aqua2.JPG
 Description:
Aquamarine on feldspar matrix
Pakistan
10 cm (the crystal, not the specimen!)
 Viewed:  15854 Time(s)

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aqua4.JPG
 Description:
Mindblowing gem quality aquamarine
Brazil
Appr. 12 cm
 Viewed:  15860 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2012 03:52    Post subject: Re: German Gemstone Museum Idar-Oberstein  

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 Description:
Large rubellite tourmaline
Madagascar
Height appr. 12-15 cm
 Viewed:  15862 Time(s)

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red-MAD1.JPG
 Description:
The rubellite from above together with cut stones
 Viewed:  15846 Time(s)

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top-PAK.JPG
 Description:
Topaz
Katlang, Pakistan
Crystal appr. 4 cm
 Viewed:  15879 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2012 03:56    Post subject: Re: German Gemstone Museum Idar-Oberstein  

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mor.JPG
 Description:
Morganite
Brazil
Appr. 40 cm
 Viewed:  15841 Time(s)

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mor-BRA.JPG
 Description:
Morganite (or bi-coloured beryl)
Brazil
Appr. 15-18 cm in diameter
 Viewed:  15849 Time(s)

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qua-BRA.JPG
 Description:
Quartz
Brazil
Height appr. 20 cm
 Viewed:  15834 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2012 04:01    Post subject: Re: German Gemstone Museum Idar-Oberstein  

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ame-NAM.JPG
 Description:
Amethyst
Namibia
Appr. 20 cm
 Viewed:  15849 Time(s)

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ame-MEX.JPG
 Description:
Amethyst
Amatitlan, Mexico
Height appr. 15-18 cm
(I was speechless for a moment after i caught a glimpse of this stunner glowing in the light)
 Viewed:  15835 Time(s)

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spi-VIE.JPG
 Description:
Spinel
Luc Yen, Vietnam
Height appr. 18-20 cm
(I don't like those spinels, but i think it is a remarkable specimen for this locality)
 Viewed:  15824 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2012 04:06    Post subject: Re: German Gemstone Museum Idar-Oberstein  

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tur.JPG
 Description:
Red tourmaline on matrix
Don't remember from where, i guess it was Madagascar
Appr. 20-25 cm
 Viewed:  15834 Time(s)

tur.JPG



cit-BRA.JPG
 Description:
Citrine (natural, not treated)
Brazil
Height appr. 20-25 cm
 Viewed:  15848 Time(s)

cit-BRA.JPG



top-BRA.JPG
 Description:
Ouro Preto topaz on matrix
Ouro Preto, Brazil
Appr. 10-12 cm
 Viewed:  15841 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2012 04:09    Post subject: Re: German Gemstone Museum Idar-Oberstein  

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tur_MAD.JPG
 Description:
Green tourmaline on matrix
Don't know from where, sorry (Brazil or Madagascar)
Crystal appr. 6-8 cm
 Viewed:  15814 Time(s)

tur_MAD.JPG



tur-BRA.JPG
 Description:
Tourmaline on feldspar matrix
Brazil
Appr. 10 cm
 Viewed:  15811 Time(s)

tur-BRA.JPG



rho-AFR.JPG
 Description:
Rhodochrosite
South Africa
Each specimen appr. 4 cm
 Viewed:  15898 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2012 07:39    Post subject: Re: German Gemstone Museum Idar-Oberstein  

Hi Tobias!
I can confirm what you wrote here: it is a very beautiful museum for gemstones! I think you know there are two museums dedicated to this kind of stones, one is located in the quarter of Idar and another one in the quarter Oberstein. I think these pictures come from the Idar one. You should know I studied gemology in the German Gemological Association in this town and therefore I know it very well.
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PostPosted: Apr 05, 2012 03:29    Post subject: Re: German Gemstone Museum Idar-Oberstein  

Hi Riccardo,

Yes, there are two museums in Idar-Oberstein: The "Museum Idar-Oberstein" and the "Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum", which is shown in this thread. We didn't visit both museums because we had not much time (it was the way home from a journey to the Hunsrück area of Rhineland-Palatinate) and i had my girlfriend with me who is not that much into minerals, so visiting another museum would have been too much for her ;-)

Idar-Oberstein is really a paradise for mineral collectors. You have two museums, dozens of mineral stores and even some gem mines in the mountains around the city. Very nice location!

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