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PostPosted: May 14, 2016 17:37    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Incredible specimens!!! The quartz gwindel from Switzerland and that stunning fluorite from Beura Quarries are my favourites from the recent post :)
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PostPosted: May 28, 2016 14:39    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 64  

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1667.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety gwindel)
 Locality:
Zweite Motta, Giuv glacier (Giuv Gletscher), Val Giuv, Tujetsch (Tavetsch), Vorderrhein Valley, Grischun (Grisons; Graubünden), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 13,5 x 10,0 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,0 cm
Granite slab covered with smoky transparent and very bright quartz crystals, including a “closed” gwindel quartz (also known as "sugar quartz") in the center
MIM number 1667
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  20321 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite with Quartz, Feldspar (variety adularia) and Apatite (Group)
 Locality:
Göscheneralp, Göschenen Valley, Uri, Switzerland
 Dimensions: 25,0 x 18,5 x 11,0 cm
 Description:
Brätschi, Göschener Tal, Kanton Uri, Switzerland
Main crystal size : 4,6 cm
Large granite slab covered on the upper side with well separated octahedra of pink fluorite showing a frosted appearance. Some leaning quartz crystals (the largest measuring 5.9 cm) are also present as well as small crystals of adularia and a small colorless apatite
MIM number 1668
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  20336 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Magnetite with Quartz
 Locality:
Alp Lercheltini area, Binn Valley (Binntal), Wallis (Valais), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 4,0 x 1,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 2,6 cm
Intact black octahedral crystal with very smooth and glossy faces and a complex termination, developed on a matrix near a colorless quartz crystal measuring 3 cm
MIM number 1669
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  20418 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Anatase with Magnetite
 Locality:
Alp Lercheltini area, Binn Valley (Binntal), Wallis (Valais), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 4,5 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,6 cm
Doubly terminated slightly translucent crystal of golden yellow color with typical Binn habitus, developed on a matrix along with small octahedral crystals of magnetite (the largest measuring 0.6 cm)
MIM number 1670
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  20414 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Anatase with Magnetite
 Locality:
Alp Lercheltini area, Binn Valley (Binntal), Wallis (Valais), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 2,0 x 2,5 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 3,2 cm
Large floating crystal of shiny golden yellow color showing the typical Binn habitus and a large number of facets. Small octahedral magnetite crystals are attached at the base.
MIM number 1671
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  20407 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite on Quartz
 Locality:
Gerstenegg-Sommerloch tunnel, Gerstenegg, Grimsel area, Hasli Valley, Bern, Switzerland
 Dimensions: 22,0 x 18,0 x 19,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 2,3 cm
Bouquet of colorless quartz (the largest measuring 11.3 cm) partially covered with intact octahedral pink fluorite crystals. This sample was discovered in 1965 by the brother-in-law of Kaspar Fahner (first owner of this piece), then director of the Sommerloch tunnel project. The pink color is due to complex structural faults in the crystal network involving impurities such as YO2 groups. These defects seem to be formed at the relatively high temperature of 400 ° C.
MIM number 1672
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  20484 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Hematite on Orthoclase
 Locality:
Fibbia, Fontana, Central St Gotthard Massif, Leventina, Ticino (Tessin), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 11,0 x 8,5 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 6,0 cm
Rosette consisting of intact shiny hematite blades sitting on the edge of a crystal of white 11 cm orthoclase 11 cm showing a Baveno twin
MIM number 1673
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  20330 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Anhydrite with Chlorite
 Locality:
Simplon railway tunnel, Simplon pass area, Brig, Wallis (Valais), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 3,0 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 7,9 cm
Almost colorless transparent crystal (with slight lavender tinge on the bottom), terminated on both sides, with partial chlorite coating
MIM number 1674
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  20426 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Beryl (variety emerald)
 Locality:
La Pita mining district, Municipio Maripí, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department, Colombia
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 4,5 x 9,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 9,3 cm
Di-hexagonal prismatic emerald with a beautiful deep green color, transparent and featuring few inclusions in the upper 2/3, and translucent in the lower part
MIM number 1675
Photographer : James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  20459 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Copper with Malachite
 Locality:
Central Mine, Central, Keweenaw County, Michigan, USA
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 8,0 x 10,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 3,6 cm
Group of well-defined tetrahexahedral crystals having an overall appearance reminiscent of a poodle with a little malachite at the top, and small crystals of quartz along
MIM number 1676
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  20321 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 28, 2016 16:59    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

I just can't find words for that 25 cm fluorite specimen from Göscheneralp!!! And also not for the 9,5 cm (really???) gemmy Colombian emerald ...
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PostPosted: May 29, 2016 05:19    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Tobi wrote:
I just can't find words for that 25 cm fluorite specimen from Göscheneralp!!! And also not for the 9,5 cm (really???) gemmy Colombian emerald ...

Small is beautiful but big can be better.

Was difficult not to notice this specimen during my visit to the MIM museum last year.
I too was amazed by the gemminess of this crystal considering that size and quality often don't mix in the mineral world - this is even more true with emeralds.
Not sure how this specimen has survived intact - crystals of this quality and size are normally faceted to produce large stones which fetch record prices per carat.

As per your question, given an average length of 4.25cm for the three a-axis, the total height in the photo looks closer to 8cm.
Calculating crystal dimensions from photos can be quite tricky and I certainly don't mean to minimize this one.
But at the end of the day, whether it's 8 or 9.5 cm tall doesn't make a big difference - this specimen belongs to a very special category in the mineral world.

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PostPosted: Jun 02, 2016 07:09    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Fiebre Verde wrote:
Tobi wrote:
I just can't find words for that 25 cm fluorite specimen from Göscheneralp!!! And also not for the 9,5 cm (really???) gemmy Colombian emerald ...

Small is beautiful but big can be better.

Was difficult not to notice this specimen during my visit to the MIM museum last year.
I too was amazed by the gemminess of this crystal considering that size and quality often don't mix in the mineral world - this is even more true with emeralds.
Not sure how this specimen has survived intact - crystals of this quality and size are normally faceted to produce large stones which fetch record prices per carat.

As per your question, given an average length of 4.25cm for the three a-axis, the total height in the photo looks closer to 8cm.
Calculating crystal dimensions from photos can be quite tricky and I certainly don't mean to minimize this one.
But at the end of the day, whether it's 8 or 9.5 cm tall doesn't make a big difference - this specimen belongs to a very special category in the mineral world.

Gérard


Gentlemen,
Thank you for your comment. The longest dimension of the crystal measured with a sliding caliper is 9.3 cm. Its mass is 278 grams.
As I am short-sighted, I tend to collect big crystals :-)
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PostPosted: Jun 02, 2016 10:48    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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As I am short-sighted, I tend to collect big crystals :-)
I'm also short-sighted, maybe I should ask my optician to prescribe me some ... at the expense of health insurance ;-)
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PostPosted: Jun 02, 2016 13:46    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

MIM Museum wrote:
Fiebre Verde wrote:
Tobi wrote:
I just can't find words for that 25 cm fluorite specimen from Göscheneralp!!! And also not for the 9,5 cm (really???) gemmy Colombian emerald ...

Small is beautiful but big can be better.

Was difficult not to notice this specimen during my visit to the MIM museum last year.
I too was amazed by the gemminess of this crystal considering that size and quality often don't mix in the mineral world - this is even more true with emeralds.
Not sure how this specimen has survived intact - crystals of this quality and size are normally faceted to produce large stones which fetch record prices per carat.

As per your question, given an average length of 4.25cm for the three a-axis, the total height in the photo looks closer to 8cm.
Calculating crystal dimensions from photos can be quite tricky and I certainly don't mean to minimize this one.
But at the end of the day, whether it's 8 or 9.5 cm tall doesn't make a big difference - this specimen belongs to a very special category in the mineral world.

Gérard


Gentlemen,
Thank you for your comment. The longest dimension of the crystal measured with a sliding caliper is 9.3 cm. Its mass is 278 grams.
As I am short-sighted, I tend to collect big crystals :-)
Salim


Mea Culpa!!
I knew I was taking a serious risk by assessing the size from a photo.
I think I will have to pay another visit to the MIM to get the size right for good.
Gérard
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PostPosted: Jun 02, 2016 23:43    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Parev Gérard
We will forgive you if you can convince Tobi to accompany you next time you make us the honor of a visit in Beirut.
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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2016 12:43    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 65  

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1677.jpg
 Mineral: Sulfur on Aragonite
 Locality:
Cozzo Disi Mine, Casteltermini, Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily, Italy
 Dimensions: 5,5 x 5,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,7 cm
Perfect translucent bright yellow crystal on a matrix of aragonite with some small side sulfur crystals
MIM number 1677
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19744 Time(s)

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1678.jpg
 Mineral: Manganite
 Locality:
Ilfeld, Nordhausen, Nordhausen District, Thuringia/Thüringen, Germany
 Dimensions: 8,5 x 6,5 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 3,0 cm
Plate covered with intact black and very shiny crystals quite separated from one another
MIM number 1678
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19712 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Gold
 Locality:
Eureka Mine (Eureka & Grizzly Mine), Big Oak Flat, Big Oak Flat District, Tuolumne County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 1,5 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,4 cm
Plate made of very bright yellow crystals of different habits, some being platy, and others very sharply octahedral (0.6 cm max)
MIM number 1679
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19728 Time(s)

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1680.jpg
 Mineral: Nagyagite with Quartz
 Locality:
Sacarîmb (Nagyág), Deva, Hunedoara, Romania
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 7,5 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,8 cm
Plate covered with shiny crystals growing amidst micro-crystalline quartz; these crystals were found as is and have not been acid etched as it is often the case for this species.
MIM number 1680
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19703 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Cerussite
 Locality:
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 9,0 x 4,0 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 9,7 cm
Shiny V shaped twin with both arms covered with several small crystals which have grown by making a 60° angle. A small very bright and clear crystal sits at the base of the V. One of the branches of the V is very well terminated. The other one bears traces of the matrix against which it has grown.
MIM number 1681
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19733 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Polybasite
 Locality:
Mina Chispas, Arizpe, Municipio de Arizpe, Sonora, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 5,0 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 5,5 cm
Group of well-defined shiny pseudo-hexagonal crystals
MIM number 1682
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19734 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Nickeline and Nickelskutterudite
 Locality:
Pöhla, Schwarzenberg District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 4,0 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 0,5 cm
Sphere consisting of small silver hexagonal crystals which are very tightly packed against one another, with the base consisting of small bright crystals of nickel-skutterudite (0.5 cm max)
MIM number 1683
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19707 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Vivianite on Pyrite
 Locality:
Huanuni Mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia
 Dimensions: 22,5 x 27,0 x 20,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 16,0 cm
Sheaves of large translucent deep green crystals partly coated with oxides, on a matrix made of micro-crystalline pyrite
MIM number 1684
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19716 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite (variety cobaltoan calcite) with Plancheite
 Locality:
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Lualaba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Congo DR (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 5,0 x 9,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,7 cm
Translucent dark pink perfectly formed crystal sitting on a piece of floating matrix partly coated with a little plancheite
MIM number 1685
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19694 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Chrysocolla
 Locality:
L'Etoile du Congo Mine (Star of the Congo Mine), Lubumbashi (Elizabethville), Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Congo DR (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 5,5 x 10,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 0,0 cm
Floating group of shiny stalactites of a beautiful blue-green color partly coated with a thin layer of another mineral (probably plancheite)
MIM number 1686
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19705 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jun 10, 2016 16:58    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 66  

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1687.jpg
 Mineral: Silver
 Locality:
Kongsberg mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 5,5 x 7,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 2,3 cm
Group of sharp crystals exhibiting cubic, modified cubic or hoppered habits, with at least one crystal showing the spinel twin. This is quite unusual at the Kongsberg mine where silver generally occurs as wires. Some calcite remains in the crevices.
MIM number 1687
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19286 Time(s)

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1688.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite on Quartz
 Locality:
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 18,0 x 14,0 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 5,4 cm
Transparent and very well formed octahedron of a pink-red color (that changes depending on the type of light). The crystal sits amidst white quartz crystals showing horizontal striations
MIM number 1688
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19342 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Phenakite
 Locality:
Mandrosonoro, Ambatofinandrahana District, Amoron'i Mania Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 5,5 x 5,0 x 20,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 20,0 cm
Large transparent colorless and doubly terminated crystal showing a di-hexagonal cross section (with alternating of wide and narrow faces). Some internal veils are present. The top clearly shows the classical phenakite twinning with the reentrant angles and striations in alternating directions between adjacent faces.
MIM number 1689
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19344 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Semseyite with Calcite and Freibergite
 Locality:
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: 12,5 x 3,5 x 20,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,6 cm
Floating plate consisting of white lenticular calcite crystals topped with shiny semseyite crystals, small tetrahedra of freibergite (max 0.5 cm) and another brown sulfide
MIM number 1690
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19368 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Gadolinite
 Locality:
Slobrekka Pegmatite, Frikstad, Iveland, Aust-Agder, Norway
 Dimensions: 9,0 x 14,5 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 9,6 cm
Large group of brown crystals which are well formed for the species, the smaller crystals being even sharper than the large ones
MIM number 1691
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19341 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Sphalerite on Calcite
 Locality:
Hexigten Banner (Kčshíkčténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 13,5 x 18,0 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,4 cm
Matt yellow translucent well-formed crystal sitting on a plate made of lenticular white calcite
MIM number 1692
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  19329 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Ferberite
 Locality:
Viloco Mine, San Antonio Section, Loayza Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia
 Dimensions: 17,0 x 17,0 x 12,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 9,3 cm
Two large shiny black prismatic crystals parallel to each other, sitting on a matrix made of quartz crystals topped with tufts of a gray sulfide
MIM number 1694
Photographer : James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  19354 Time(s)

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1695.jpg
 Mineral: Ferberite
 Locality:
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 12,0 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 9,6 cm
Tufts of perfectly formed black and shiny ferberite blades on a thin matrix
MIM number 1695
Photographer : James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  19372 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Zircon on Biotite
 Locality:
Store Kufjord, Seiland Island, Alta, Finnmark, Norway
 Dimensions: 9,5 x 6,5 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,0 cm
Very sharp slightly translucent bi-pyramidal crystal rising from a black biotite matrix with a smaller zircon crystal at the base
MIM number 1697
Photographer : James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  19303 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Chabazite-Ca with Stilbite-Ca
 Locality:
Nashik District (Nasik), Maharashtra, India
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 8,0 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 9,0 cm
Large pseudo-rhombohedral beige color crystal standing on a thin basalt slab with a stilbite crystal near the base
MIM number 1698
Photographer : James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  19326 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jun 11, 2016 00:59    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 66  

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Fluorite
Locality: Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R., China
Dimensions: 18,0 x 14,0 x 9,0 cm
What a perfectly balanced specimen with that "glowing" octahedron at the center, surrounded by those quartz crystals - an outstanding beauty!
The other specimens are of course also great ;-)
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PostPosted: Jul 02, 2016 15:15    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 67  

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 Mineral: Calcite on Quartz (chalcedony variety)
 Locality:
Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 7,0 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 3,4 cm
Clear transparent amber colored twin sitting on a slightly blue chalcedony matrix coating a basalt base
MIM number 1699
Photographer : James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  18403 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Wardite
 Locality:
Big Fish River, Dawson Mining District, Yukon Territory, Canada
 Dimensions: 12,5 x 9,0 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,4 cm
Brown plate covered with perfectly formed tan colored small bi-pyramidal crystals
MIM number 1700
Photographer : James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  18352 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite on Quartz
 Locality:
Ninghua, Sanming Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
 Dimensions: 15,0 x 15,0 x 23,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 14,4 cm
Large translucent deep green octahedron perched on a column of small quartz needles. The faces of the octahedron show heavily stepped growth which imparts it the appearance of a Mayan pyramid.
MIM number 1701
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  18349 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Vanadinite on Barite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 25,0 x 17,0 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,9 cm
Deep red perfectly shaped vanadinite crystals sprinkled on a matrix made of white Baryte crests. The vanadinites are well separated and standing on the crests, which accentuates the contrast between red and white. The group seems to be a floater.
MIM number 1702
Photographer : James Elliott (FMl)
 Viewed:  18339 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Celadonite inclusions
 Locality:
Ahmadnagar District, Maharashtra, India
 Dimensions: 17,5 x 13,0 x 13,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 3,3 cm
Floating group of shiny tabular crystals of apophyllite included with celadonite; the latter makes the apophyllite opaque and imparts it a bluish color
MIM number 1703
Photographer : James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  18350 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Thorianite with Mica
 Locality:
Betroka District, Anosy Region, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 2,0 x 2,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 3,3 cm
Shiny intact black cube with a beveled corner and a diametrically opposite corner showing stepped growth and remnants of mica blades
MIM number 1704
Photographer : James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  18309 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Gormanite on Siderite
 Locality:
Rapid Creek area, Dawson Mining District, Yukon Territory, Canada
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 5,0 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,0 cm
Fibro-radiated greenish gray crystals forming a 1.8 cm diameter wheel sitting on a matrix made of small siderite rhombohedra
MIM number 1705
Photographer : James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  18295 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Opal
 Locality:
6 Mile Field, Lightning Ridge, Finch County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 2,5 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Stone shaped like a triangle (31.02 cts) with rounded edges, with a high dome opalized surface consisting of sharply defined small polygonal patches with a strong play of colors mainly red / crimson. The color set is very different depending on the nature of incident light (fluorescent, incandescent or LED) and the angle of incidence, and the red flashes more or less marked.
MIM number 1706
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  18319 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Opal
 Locality:
6 Mile Field, Lightning Ridge, Finch County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 2,5 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Stone shaped like a triangle (31.02 cts) with rounded edges, with a high dome opalized surface consisting of sharply defined small polygonal patches with a strong play of colors mainly red / crimson. The color set is very different depending on the nature of incident light (fluorescent, incandescent or LED) and the angle of incidence, and the red flashes more or less marked.
MIM number 1706
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  18318 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Opal
 Locality:
Allah's Rush, Coocoran Opal fields, Lightning Ridge, Finch County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 3,0 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Elongated oval stone (55.72 cts) with a flat opalized surface and a central Y shaped pattern delimiting three areas with a strong mainly red / crimson play of colors somewhat reminiscent of the palette of a painter. The color set is very different depending on the nature of incident light (fluorescent, incandescent or LED) and the angle of incidence, and the red flashes more or less marked.
MIM number 1707
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  18328 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jul 03, 2016 02:51    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Outstanding, especially that perfect Jalgaon calcite gem :)
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PostPosted: Jul 09, 2016 16:54    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 68  

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1708.jpg
 Mineral: Getchellite with Orpiment and Stibnite
 Locality:
Getchell Mine, Adam Peak, Potosi District, Osgood Mountains, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 9,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,2 cm
Geode of massive stibnite hosting perfect and transparent blood red crystals of getchellite and a small tuft of orpiment. It is this geodic growth, uncommon for the species, which has allowed the development of large and perfect crystals for a species that is usually found as cleaved masses.
MIM number 1708
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  17954 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Hydromagnesite
 Locality:
Soghan, Baft District, Kerman Province, Iran
 Dimensions: 14,5 x 15,0 x 13,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 5,0 cm
Plate coated on both sides with white crystals. On the upper face, the crystals are long and well formed, and somewhat reminiscent of a wheat field.
MIM number 1709
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  17987 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite on Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Alto Uruguai Region, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
 Dimensions: 16,5 x 15,5 x 17,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 15,7 cm
Large perfect calcite crystal formed on an amethyst matrix trimmed out from a larger geode. The first generation of this calcite crystal had a pointed termination and was covered with a second generation of calcite with a hexagonal section, as shown by the tip of the first generation which protrudes clearly from the top of the flat hexagonal face, with the whole having the shape of a scepter, which is unusual for calcite. A small hexagonal crystal calcite lies close to the base of the large crystal.
MIM number 1710
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  17955 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Chervetite with Francevillite and Curienite
 Locality:
Mounana Mine, Franceville, Haut-Ogooué Province, Gabon
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 5,5 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 2,2 cm
Well formed silvery crystals lying on a matrix coated with orange francevillite with a yellow curienite tuft on the rim
MIM number 1711
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  17964 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Descloizite with Wulfenite
 Locality:
Chah Milleh Mine, Chah Milleh, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province, Iran
 Dimensions: 8,5 x 7,0 x 7,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 5,7 cm
Dendritic brown crystals reminiscent of Christmas trees, with orange wulfenite incrustations especially near the base
MIM number 1712
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  17945 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Balangeroite
 Locality:
Poggio San Vittore asbestos Mine, Balangero, Lanzo Valleys, Metropolitan City of Turin Province, Piedmont (Piemonte), Italy
 Dimensions: 13,0 x 37,0 x 12,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 20,0 cm
Bundle of large, brown-amber colored flexible fibers emanating from a serpentinite matrix. The sample resembles a brush or a broom. It is one of the species that constitute asbestos.
MIM number 1713
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  17952 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Reinerite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 2,5 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 5,0 cm
Transparent pseudo-hexagonal single crystal of sea green color, well formed, with two parallel main faces and complex faces on the periphery
MIM number 1719
 Viewed:  17910 Time(s)

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1720.jpg
 Mineral: Schultenite and Adamite (variety cuprian adamite)
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 5,5 x 5,0 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,5 cm
Cavity of a black ore (probably tennantite) hosting a flat silver-white crystal of schultenite surrounded by transparent needles of very well formed green cuproadamite (the largest measuring 0.5 cm)
MIM number 1720
 Viewed:  17911 Time(s)

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1722.jpg
 Mineral: Uvarovite on Quartz
 Locality:
Mokkivaara Mine, Outokumpu, Tornio, Lapland Region, Finland
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 4,5 x 12,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 2,0 cm
A dozen shiny dark green crystals, well formed and well separated from one another on the massive quartz matrix from which they have been exposed
MIM number 1722
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  17998 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Locality:
Jianshan Mine, Ruoqiang, Bayin'gholin Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 23,0 x 13,0 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 3,9 cm
Red shiny platelets rising from a thick matrix
MIM number 1723
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  17951 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jul 11, 2016 08:01    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Thanks for continuing to present these photos.
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PostPosted: Jul 16, 2016 14:54    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 69  

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1724.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite on Quartz
 Locality:
Dongpo, Yizhang District, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 21,0 x 15,0 x 10,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 6,1 cm
Two dark purple translucent perfectly formed crystals, perched on a bed of white quartz crystal (the largest measuring 10 cm). The fluorites are polyhedra showing the faces of the cube as well as modified faces.
MIM number 1724
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  17520 Time(s)

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1727.jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite on Orthoclase
 Locality:
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 25,0 x 28,0 x 35,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 16,4 cm
Spectacular bouquet of elbaite crystals which have grown at 360 degrees around a large crystal on a matrix of orthoclase. Some crystals show the classical pointed summit of tourmalines (which are here somewhat fibrous and translucent green), while most of the crystals show the classical flat base for this species (with a black color here).
MIM number 1727
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  17458 Time(s)

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1728.jpg
 Mineral: Gaudefroyite with Calcite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 1,5 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,4 cm
Shiny black doubly terminated hexagonal prism with pointed terminations and remnants of matrix attached around the middle
MIM number 1728
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  17434 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Volborthite and Malachite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 5,5 x 3,0 x 2,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 2,0 cm
Rosettes of shiny dark green lamellar crystals dotted with bright green malachite balls, rising perpendicularly from a thin white matrix
MIM number 1729
 Viewed:  17515 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Azurite and Malachite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 17,0 x 8,5 x 8,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 5,1 cm
Very shiny crystals developed in parallel groups on a white matrix, the bottom of which is lined with fibrous malachite. The crystals have a very geometric shape as opposed to the average production of this mine and have a beautiful metallic and chatoyant blue color resulting from interference phenomena between the underlying azurite, the thin layer of malachite which has formed on it, and a thin layer of azurite which has later formed on the latter.
MIM number 1730
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  17451 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jul 17, 2016 01:56    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 69  

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Fluorite on Quartz
Dongpo, Yizhang District, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
21,0 x 15,0 x 10,5 cm
Simply perfect!
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PostPosted: Jul 18, 2016 11:14    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Bonjour Salim,

A truly amazing collection carefully assembled by a very tasteful person. I've never been to Beirut, but I think this is something I'll have a fix in the near future.
Keep going.

Thanks
Christophe
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PostPosted: Jul 18, 2016 23:36    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Bonjour Chris
Thank you for your kind words.
You know, Lebanon is just 3:45 hours away from Paris with 4 flights per day. You just need your passport (no visa required), and the country is less wild than it sounds like. Actually, in the doomed region of the world called "Middel East", the French saying: "Dans le royaume des aveugles, les borgnes sont rois" applies perfectly to my country...
You are welcome whenever you want!
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