The exhibit that drew the largest crowds at the show, perhaps because there were two armed guards hovering over it, was a diamond display courtesy of Newton Pfeffer, now owner of his own jewelry store. The exhibit included the Great Chrysanthemum-Brown Diamond which had been found in South Africa in 1963. In the rough it weighed 198 carats but was displayed as a faceted stone of 104 carats dangling from a flower-patterned necklace of platinum and diamonds. The brown stone was valued at $400,000 at the time, and the necklace at another $100,000. The entire diamond display was valued at two million dollars and was hauled off to a vault each night by armored car. Not to be outdone, Grunewald and Adams displayed, once again, superb Muzo emeralds in matrix.
Edward Tennen, born in Vienna, Austria and a third-generation goldsmith, was apprenticed at age 12 to a jeweler. He displayed two finely carved 18-karat gold busts of Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy. Each weighed between five and six ounces and each had taken between 200 and 250 hours to complete. These were the first of an intended complete set of presidential busts to be made by Mr. Tennen.
Paul Desautels from the Smithsonian put in a display of twinned crystals to go along with one of his talks, "Twinning in Minerals." His second talk was, "Perambulations through Crystallography." A second featured speaker was Dr. E. J. McCullough from the University of Arizona, who spoke on "Mineral Changes."
One of the local companies had a very topical display. Thermo-Kinetic Corporation, a maker of synthetic quartz, set up a demonstration apparatus to show that process. Privately owned exhibits were placed by Tom Neavitt, jade carver, and by Ruth Browne who displayed superb self-collected azurite/malachite pseudomorphs after selenite from the Apex mine, St. George, Utah. Paul Seel exhibited a fine educational display on the variety of quartz forms. This was the same exhibit which won the top education exhibit award at the American Federation National Show in San Antonio in 1964.
Vivienne Dosse, highly respected collector and mineral judge, displayed a fine selection of her thumbnail collection of classic German minerals. She gave an interesting talk on "Hidden Treasures," featuring microminerals, perhaps the first talk on the subject at the Tucson Show. There was a wonderful display of spheres and Texas plume agate slabs brought by Bill Caudle, brother of show founder Dan. Joan Remington showed pieces of slate which she has used as her "canvas" on which to paint desert scenes. And from the desert Society members exhibited "Ghost Town Relics."
A familiar name to mineral collectors who have been around a few years now first appears in connection with the show: J. W. (Walt) Lidstrom. Walt was originally a lapidary dealer so his exhibit in 1965 was of polished Oregon Plume Agate. It was only later that he became interested in minerals, becoming a much respected mineral dealer. After his death the TGMS named a memorial mineral trophy in his honor.
In the mineral competition Harry Quaas of Phoenix took the Best-in-Show award. Eldon McLaughlin took Best-in-Show lapidary. This writer took the top award in fluorescent minerals.
From show proceeds the Society made a donation of $200 designated as the Advanced Student in Geology Award, the first so identified. Before this time, donations had simply been given to the mineralogy department as "soft money," to be allotted as the Department chose. The award went to Robert Laughon, who later spoke to the Society on April 19. His subject was "Polymorphism in Minerals."
Donations were also made to organizations that had been previous recipients.
1965 Satellite Shows
Desert Inn (few dealers, no promoter)
Holiday Inn South (no promoter)
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|Title Annotation:||Show Highlights; Tucson Gem and Mineral Show|
|Publication:||The Mineralogical Record|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2004|