The Last Collection of the First Gemologist, George F. Kunz


Sep 5, 2018 to Dec 7, 2018
12:00 PM until 05:00 PM

This event occurs weekly, on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Self-educated mineralogist George F. Kunz assembled several renowned mineral collections throughout his lifetime. This exhibition highlights the last of his assembled collections, purchased by Irénée du Pont prior to 1930 and later gifted to the University of Delaware.

Kunz, who became vice president of Tiffany & Co., began collecting minerals at an early age near his home in New Jersey and soon began trading with collectors in Europe. By the age of 14, he had put together his first collection and sold it to the University of Minnesota. While working for Tiffany & Co., he traveled extensively to mineral localities in the U.S. and Europe and handled the marketing of many of the newly discovered gemstones.

This exhibition highlights minerals discovered during the early 20th century exploration of gem and mineral deposits in the United States. Many of these specimens and artifacts, each with a fascinating history, have never before been on display. Within the exhibition, visitors will discover diamonds from Arkansas; gem tourmaline, kunzite and topaz from California pegmatite deposits; Colorado amazonite; malachite and azurite from Bisbee, Arizona; and Herkimer “diamonds” from New York.

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Image caption: Elbaite (Tourmaline), Tourmaline King Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California (5 1/2 inches by 7 inches) Image courtesy of Michael J. Bainbridge




View map University of Delaware's Mineralogical Museum
225 Academy Street
Penny Hall
Newark, DE

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University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press


New Castle County


Camden,Chadds Ford,Claymont,Elsmere,Hockessin,Middletown,New Castle,Newark,North Wilmington,Wilmington,Kennett Square,Philadelphia

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