Our collection of minerals, gems, and meteorites can only be enhanced thanks to generous donations by individuals or businesses. Here are the donations of minerals received for the year 2017. Thanks to these donations, we were able to improve our permanent exhibition, having received specimens of new deposits, some specimens of better quality than what we had in our collection, and we were also able to complete our collection of reference samples. The meteorite collection has also been enriched. Thank you to all our donors!
- 2 samples of ruby on matrix and 4 rough crystals from the Tuléar Province in Madagascar (#83526, 83527 and 83528), given by Nicolas Cabane.
- Hibonite with corundum on matrix from Andranondambo, Maromby, Tuléar, Madagascar (#83525), given by Olivier Andrianavalona.
- Quartz "box", most likely after fluorite, with one crystal of calcite inside the geode, coming from Tichka, High-Atlas, Morocco (#83524), given by Alain Martaud and Hadrien Begon.
Quartz "Box", replacing most likely fluorite, with a crystal of calcite inside the geode, from Tichka, High-Atlas, Morocco, given by Alain Martaud and Hadrien Begon (#83524 ; 23 x 23 x 19 cm).
- Moon meteorite NWA11472 (Feldspathic brecchia ; #83523), found in the desert of Morocco in 2017, given by Luc Labenne of Labenne Meteorite.
- Blue fluorite from the Burc Mine, Tarn, France (#83522), given by Yvan Dissac. The specimen is so large (40 kg!) that we are waiting to have it on display to take a good quality picture of it.
- Roweite associated with olshanskyite from the Shijiangsha Mine, Linxi, China (#83521), given by Christophe Gobin. Both species were micrometric in size before this found, and not displayable. This new found makes it possible to exhibit the species, with specimens that are also aesthetic!
Roweite (brown) and olshanskyite (colorless) from the Shijiangsha Mine, Linxi, China, given by Christophe Gobin (#83521 ; 6.6 x 5.8 x 5.5 cm).
- Carrollite from the Etoile Mine, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo (#83520), given by Christophe Gobin. This specimen is among the largest ever found (from the new discovery in 2017).
Carrollite from the Etoile Mine, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo, given by Christophe Gobin (#83520 ; 4.5 x 4.3 x 2.9 cm).
- Tourmaline associated with hyalite opal, from Erongo Mts in Namibia (#83519), given by Hadrien Begon.
Tourmaline and hyalite, from Erongo Mts in Namibia, given by Hadrien Begon (#83519 ; 4.6 x 3.7 x 2.6 cm).
Back of the sample with tourmaline and hyalite from Erongo Mts in Namibia, given by Hadrien Begon (#83519 ; 4.6 x 3.7 x 2.6 cm).
- Beryl, variety emerald, on matrix, from the Chivor Mine, Boyaca, Colombia (#83518),given by the Museo de la Esmeralda.
Emerald on matrix from the Chivor Mine, Boyaca, Colombia, given by the Museo de la Esmeralda (#83518; 8.8 x 4.2 x 2.5 cm).
- Chrysocolla covering balls of malachite, from the Etoile Mine, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo (#83517), given by Christophe Gobin.
Chrysocolla from the Etoile Mine, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo, given by Christophe Gobin (#83517; 91 x 4 x 3.6 cm).
- Gold nugget from Guyana, France (#83516), given by Elizabeth Herbinger.
Gold nugget from Guyana, France, given by Elizabet Herbinger (#83516, 2.1 x 1.3 x 0.3 cm).
- 4 quartz specimens for reference of the Red Feather Lakes locality, Larimer Co., Colorado, USA (#83509), collected and given by Joseph Harrington.
Quartz from Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (#83509 ; between 1.5 and 2 cm in length).
- 3 opals from Biot, Alpes-Maritimes, France, given by Didier Nectoux (#83505).
Opal from Biot, gift of Didier Nectoux (#83505 ; 7.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm).
- Apophyllite and stilbite from India, given by Michel Delerm, ex-collection of Alexandre Delerm (#83498 et #83499 respectively). These mineral specimens are on exhibit in the Mineralyg Museum in the display cases O67 and O82 respectively.
Apophyllite from Mahodary, Sinnar, Nasil, India, gift of Michel Delerm (#83498 ; 5.9 x 5.2 x 4.9 cm).
Stilbite from Poonah, India, gift of Michel Delerm (#83499; 10 x 9 x 6.8 cm).
- Lunar meteorite (NWA 10782), given by Alain Carion (#83497).
- Purple botryoidal chalcedony quartz from Andang, Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia, given by Claudette and Michel Cabrol (#83496). This mineral specimen is on exhibit at the Mineralogy Museum in display case J34.
Purple chalcedony, called in the market "Grape agate" from Indonesia, gift of Claudette and Michel Cabrol (#83496 ; 11 x 8.5 x 4.5 cm).
- Martian meteorite (NWA8716), given by Ed Thompson (#83491).
Meteorite from planet Mars, gift of Ed Thompson (#83491 ; 1.9 x 1.4 x 0.1 cm)
- Synthetic ferro-silicium from the Pechiney company PEM, Lot, France, given by Didier Nectoux. (#83490).
Ferro-silicium from the Pechiney PEM company, gift of Didier Nectoux (#83490 ; 10.5 x 8 x 6.5 cm).
- Synthetic silicium from Elkem AS company, Norway, given by Bernt Friede (#83489).
Silicium from Elkem AS company, gift of Bernt Friede (#83489 ; 9.4 x 8.5 x 5.4 cm).
- Djurleite from Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer, Morocco, given by Christophe Gobin (#83415).
Big cristals of djurleite from the new locality in Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer, Maroc, gift of Christophe Gobin (#83415 ; 12.5 x 8.5 x 5.2 cm).
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