David K. Joyce Minerals

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France

The Ecole des Mines is a famous school of mines and, over the years, has acumulated a wonderful mineral collection. While in Paris, recently, I took the opportunity to visit this famous collection, La Musee de Mineralogie, which is housed, for the most part, in an old gallery, in old-fashioned wooden/glass cases. It is a museum reminiscent of the Natural History Museum in London, England. Perhaps a similar vintage? This Museum, founded in 1783 and existing in this building since 1815, emits a wonderful ambiance that harkens back to the "glory days" of mineralogy and mineralogical research. Unfortunately, the gallery relies on a combination of old fluorescent lights and daylight (from large windows) to illuminate the specimens and, unfortunately, this combination is lacking at times. Specimens are often not well lit and it is difficult to enjoy them in detail. Having said that, there are LOTS of great specimens on display, a small fraction of the 100,000 specimens housed in the Musee. I have tried my best to capture images of some of the more interesting specimens, NOT the more common species, necessarily, but the really cool pieces (in my opinion). I hope that you enjoy this little virtual visit.

 

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France

This is a weird, if not classic, habit of alabandite from Broken Hill, Australia. It is about 30.0cm long! Sorry about the light glare from the window.

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France

A wonderful specimen of anglesite from Mine Meretrice, New Caledonia. About 12.0cm across.

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France

A couple of old-time fluorapatite crystals from the Grenville Geological Province in Canada. The crystal on the left is from Faraday Township, Ontario. The one on the right is from Sandy Creek, Pontiac Co., Quebec. The longer crystal is about 19.0cm long.

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France

A choice specimen of bournonite from Germany. About 10.0cm across.

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France

Brucite doesn't get much better than this! A great specimen from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA about 12.0cm across.

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France

This view is typical of most of the gallery. Really very beautiful. Behind me are large windows that let in lots of light at certain times of day. The horizontal cabinets, in the centre, with the wooden covers, house light sensitive minerals.

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France

The carved wood over the doorway into the mineral gallery.

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France

A large crystal from a locality, the Strathcona Mine, Sudbury, Ontario that produced only a few such crystals. This v-shaped, lustrous twinned cubanite crystal is about 3.0 cm long. Quite something!

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France

Some excellent crystals of this rare sulphosalt mineral on matrix from Lengenbach. The largest crystal ia around 25mm or so in length!

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France

The Ecole des Mines, is housed in a wonderful old building at the south-east corner of the Jardin Luxembourg. Out hotel was close, so it was a very easy walk to visit the collection at this great old university.

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France

After climbing a beautiful staircase (I'll show you that at the end, on the way out), you encounter this impressive entrance to the Musee de Mineralogie.

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France

Here is a classic Canadian mineral in the Musee de Mineralogie -ferrierite from the type locality. The radiating crystal aggregates are about 15mm in diameter.