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GeneralIMA Mineral of the year

17th Oct 2019 15:16 BSTUwe Kolitsch Manager

Does anybody know whether there was any mineral of the year for 2017, 2018 and 2019?
The page gives 2016 as the last year for which a mineral of the year was announced.

17th Oct 2019 20:49 BSTFrank K. Mazdab Manager

The IMA has a "Mineral of the Year"?

What a sublime reason for the IMA to hold a meeting at some Caribbean or South Pacific island resort, after the rigors of re-naming the amphiboles of course, to crown the "most interesting mineral published in the previous year".  That must be a tough choice. Will it be the sleek cleavage planes that accentuate its form, the bright and sparkly crystal faces that scream out "I'm beautiful!", or a fascinating chemistry that shows off a deeper inner complexity? Or will it just be the usual swimsuit competition, or that perennial "popular-with-the-judges" answer about wanting to help children in under-developed nations? What will ultimately set this year's winner apart from its peers?

Ah, but I pity the poor "grandfathered" species, who will never win this coveted title, because, of course, they're too old.  In stones as in life...

17th Oct 2019 20:56 BSTRalph Bottrill Manager

Yes Frank, I love it!  and wouldn’t we all love to be there to see all the mineral contenders dressed up in their finery! But woe betide any found to have had any relationship with any of the judges!

17th Oct 2019 22:16 BSTKevin Conroy Manager

Copyright © Randy May
May I suggest...

18th Oct 2019 10:50 BSTJolyon Ralph Founder

if tinnunculite doesn't win there's no justice in the world.

18th Oct 2019 12:13 BSTPaul Brandes Manager

I believe you posted this in the wrong place, Jolyon. This should have went into the "worst photo" thread! ;-)

18th Oct 2019 14:59 BSTRalph Bottrill Manager

Tinnunculite - I would have put that one down as bird poop! 
Hang on.... it is!
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