Donated jointly by
The Arkenstone (Dr. Robert Lavinsky - Dallas)
and Zigras Quartz Mine (James Zigras - Arkansas)
Tour of the Arkenstone Gallery (Private Gallery and Museum) - Richardson, TX
The Arkenstone is perhaps the world's foremost dealer of "Nature's Art," crystals from the ground in their natural and beautiful form. Dr. Lavinsky was instrumental in the design of our city's Perot Museum Lyda Hill Gallery of Gems & Minerals as a space that puts the artistic beauty of important objects front and center, as opposed to being second to other considerations. Many of the pieces in that exhibit are on loan from his collections. He has a family-oriented reality TV show on PBS television called "Mineral Explorers," now planning for a third season in China and India. Dr. Lavinsky is one of the world's largest collectors of Fine Minerals and Crystals as an Art form, and will give a guided tour of his gallery and private museum to educate about how these form in nature, and then survive to the market for collectors and museums (if you ever wondered where your gemstones come from, he is the one to ask!) Rob is currently working on a partnered exhibition with the Crow Museum of Asian Art, showcasing the natural beauty of this cultural heritage item of China in the context of other Chinese arts as related to concepts of beauty and the importance of stone.
We will have a private, intimate visit at the museum and discuss the Arkansas mines, what you will find, and the details of this special-access trip over lunch.
Zigras Quartz Mine, Arkansas - Crystal Collecting Day
One day collecting for you and your family at this proprietary Quartz Mine in the Hot Springs National Park area of Arkansas during their summer or fall digs. Dr. Rob Lavinsky (Arkenstone, Richardson & mine partner) and/or James Zigras (Mine Owner) will lead you on a tour and explain mine workings and cleaning operations he has built there at what is now the nation’s premier source of clear quartz and the world's biggest open pocket of natural Quartz crystals. These beautiful and ancient works of nature's art formed in the sandstone mountains of Arkansas during the time of the Dinosaurs, and have been there ever since, waiting to be found. They are the most true antiques a human can own, and we will offer the chance to visit the mine face itself and pull crystals out of the ground, as the first humnan being to hold that piece since it formed over 100 million years ago!
Auction packager includes mine visit and tour for up to 8 people. You are guaranteed to find something... Keep a bucketful of everything you find individually valued up to $5000 (as a total), and you have the right to purchase additional self-collected finds at 50% of a fair valuation.