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Important Dates in May


May 6, 1929, Marianna Borisovna Chistyakova was born, who stays with A.E. Fersman Mineralogical museum (RAS) since the 1950’s(!). She supervises the gem and color stone collection of the Museum.

May 15, 1915, John Sinkankas was born (died May 17, 2002), a famous gemologist and an author of a fundamental book on North American gemstones, Emerald and Other Beryls, this original encyclopedia, a magnificent course of mineralogy for amateurs, and many other books. Mineral sinkakasite was named in his honor. As http://www.palagems.com/ sinkankas.htm states: “…Pilot, author, bibliophile, bookbinder, collector, artist, lapidary, historian, scholar – John Sinkankas was the epitome of the Renaissance man.”

May 17, 1936, Lia Nikolayevna Kogarko, a academician of Russian Academy of Science and a specialist in magmatism, ore deposition, and geochemistry, was born. Mineral kogarkoite discovered in Colorado, USA, was named in her honor.

May 18, 1925, Anatoly Nikolaevich Korobov was born, a pilot, designer, artist, lapidary, collector, screenplay author for animated films, etc. For many years he heads the Moscow friends of Mineralogy Club, being an organizer and participant of the Wonder in Stone annual exhibition for three decades. His scenery stone collection is a unique.

May 20, 1936, Nikolai Pavlovich Yushkin, a academician of Russian Academy of Science, was born. He is a mineralogist (in particular, he deals with biomineralogical problems) and a Director of the Geological Institute of the Komi Scientific Center, Uralian Branch of RAS (Syktyvkar). During the last two decades he heads studies on fundamental description of the Uralian mineralogy. Mineral yushkinite was named in his honor.

May 21, 1885, Nikolay Alexeevich Smol'yaninov was born (died 1957), a Professor of mineralogy in the Moscow Geological Prospecting Institute since 1930 and a head of the Mineralogical museum of the same institute during 1930-1957. He was among the top mineralogists and an author of a Practical Guide on Mineralogy. Mineral smolyaninovite was named in his honor.

May 29, 1846, Carl Fabergé was born, famous Russian jewelry.

Latest Publications

MINERAL OBSERVER
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 28, issue 2, 2023

80 pages, 205 illustrations including 104 mineral photos.

This issue the Mineralogical Almanac opens with a paper by the Ural mineralogists Vladimir S. Ponomarev and Yuriy V. Erokhin "Almandine from the Glubochinskoe deposit near Sysert, Central Urals." The column "Outstanding Russian mineralogists" pre­sents a paper by Nadezhda A. Krivolutskaya, Evgenia V. Sidorova and Leonid R. Kolbantsev "There is nothing more practical than a good theory...,” devoted to 120 years of the birth of Mikhail N. Godlevskiy, a remarkable Russian mineralogist and geologist. The photo gallery is dedicated to specimens from Huanggang, China, from the collection of Olga and Dmitry Davydovs. A coverage of an interesting event in life of the the Russian mineralogical community, the exhibition "Mineral. Two Views" at Vernadsky State Geological Museum in Moscow, is given in the paper by Victoria V. Chernenko and Vladislav G. Dyatlov. The issue closes with a paper by Michael B. Leybov, in which he shares his impressions of the 2023 Tucson Mineral Show.



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MINERAL OBSERVER
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 27, issue 3, 2022

80 pages, 196 illustrations including 103 mineral photos.

This issue of the Mineralogical Almanac is dedicated to memory of Boris Z. Kantor (1930–2022), a devoted friend, prolific author, and continuous editor of the magazine, an outstanding mineral collector, and talented popularizer of mineralogy. His life journey and creative development are described in the article by Igor V. Pekov and Michael B. Leybov. The outstanding Bulgarian mineralogist Mikhail N. Maleev and the colleagues from the United States Prof. John Rakovan, museum curator Carl A. Francis, and renowned mineral collector Alexander G. Schauss share their recollections of Boris Z. Kantor. This issue also includes a paper written in 2022 by Boris Z. Kantor on some morphological types of quartz. Emphasizing the high skill and talent of Boris Z. Kantor as a photographer, we present a gallery of selected photographs of mineral specimens that he took in different years for his publications. This issue is colluded with two papers devoted to interesting mineral localities in Russia. Mikhail V. Tsyganko writes about the Peschanskoe iron deposit in the Northern Urals, and Maria D. Mil'shina and Aleksey Yu. Mil'shin give an account of the Vorobievsky crushed stone quarry in the Tver region.



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MINERAL OBSERVER
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 28, issue 1, 2023

80 pages, 161 illustrations including 92 mineral photos.

This issue of Mineralogical Almanac is traditional in its content. The team of authors – Yuriy V. Erokhin, Vladimir S. Ponomarev, Ivan A. Baksheev, Valeriy V. Grigor'ev, and Anatoliy V . Zakharov has prepared an article on a sensational find of dravite near Ekaterinburg at Central Urals. In our “Travels for the Minerals” section, we publish an article by Mikhail V. Tsyganko, Georgiy A. Petrov, Vladimir A. Popov, and Anatoliy V. Kasatkin about an expedition for staurolite to the Khoza-Tump Ridge in the North Urals. The Tatarstan Natural History Museum and its mineralogical collection are described in the article by Oleg P. Shilovskiy, Oleg N. Lopatin, and Mikhail V. Tsyganko. In the section “Person of the Mineral Community,” we publish an article by Dona Leicht, dedicated to Marie Huizing, the Editor-in-Chief of Rocks & Minerals magazine. As usual, there are reviews on Mineral Shows: Munich Show (September, 2022) and Gemma (December, 2022). Sergey V. Kolisnichenko wrote the notice on new Gumbeika meteorite recently found in the South Urals. Artem S. Borisov wrote the note on a new book for mineral collectors “Rudabánya. Mining-Geology-Minerals” which is illustrated by László Kupi photos from this book. The Stone-carving masterpieces of the State Hermitage Museum are covered by Natalia M. Mavrodina and Elena A. Ol'khovaya in the article “Altai Colored Stone of Kolyvan stonecutters in the Hermitage.”



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