Best Article Awards

Among the Friends of Mineralogy (FM) activities it sponsors awards for best articles each calendar year in The Mineralogical RecordRocks & MineralsMineral News, and MINERAL Monograph and gives special recognition at the February Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® for exhibits which help explain an aspect of mineralogy.


Friends of Mineralogy 2017 Tucson Awards

The Friends of Mineralogy presented the awards at the Saturday night banquet of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  The winners at the 2017 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Article 2016, The Mineralogical Record, Thomas P. Moore and Wendell E. Wilson – “The Emerald Mines of Columbia”
  • Best Article 2016, Rocks & Minerals, Rick Dillhoff and Joe George – “The Purple Hope Claim, Green Ridge, Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, King County, Washington”
  • Best Article 2016, Mineral News, Lance E. Kearns, Betsy S. Martin, and Michael A. Wise – “Mineral Discoveries at the Morefield pegmatite of Amelia, Virginia”

In conjunction with the Best Article awards, FM presented a check for $200 to each of the magazines, The Mineralogical RecordRocks & Minerals, and Mineral News.


Friends of Mineralogy 2016 Tucson Awards

The Friends of Mineralogy presented the awards at the Saturday night banquet of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  The winners at the 2016 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Article 2015, The Mineralogical Record, Andreas Massanek, Dirk Sandmann, and Gunther Neumeier – “The Freiberg Mining District, Saxony, Germany”
  • Best Article 2015, Rocks & Minerals, David London – “Reading Pegmatites: What Beryl Says”
  • Best Article 2015, Mineral News, Robert Werner – “The 50’s Uranium Boom: The Winners”

In conjunction with the Best Article awards, FM presented a check for $200 to each of the magazines, The Mineralogical RecordRocks & Minerals, and Mineral News.


Friends of Mineralogy 2015 Tucson Awards

The Friends of Mineralogy presented the awards at the Saturday night banquet of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  The winners at the 2015 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Article 2014, The Mineralogical Record, Thomas P. Moore and Rob M. Woodside – “The Sar-e-Sang Lapis Mines”
  • Best Article 2014, Rocks & Minerals, John I. Koivula and Elise A. Skalwold – “Microworld of Diamonds: Images from Earth’s Mantle”
  • Best Article 2014, Mineral News, Frank Lutwerk-Dudas – “Tin and Tungsten Minerals from Butte, Montana”

In conjunction with the Best Article awards, FM presented a check for $200 to each of the magazines, The Mineralogical RecordRocks & Minerals, and Mineral News.


Friends of Mineralogy 2014 Tucson Awards

The Friends of Mineralogy presented the awards at the Saturday night banquet of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  The winners at the 2013 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Article 2013, The Mineralogical Record, Steffen Jahn and Rainer Bode – “The Touissit – Bou Beker mining district, Morocco”
  • Best Article 2013, Rocks & Minerals, Jesse Fisher, Ross Lillie, and John Rakovan, – “Fluorite in Mississippi Valley-type Deposits”
  • Best Article 2013, Mineral News, Mark Jacobson, – “Walter Brown Smith (1858-1939) – Pioneer Colorado Mineralogist-Geologist”
  • Best Article 2013, MINERAL Monograph, John Rakovan and Glenn A. Waychunas – “Color and Luminescence in Apatite”

In conjunction with the Best Article awards, FM presented a check for $200 to each of the magazines, The Mineralogical RecordRocks & MineralsMINERAL Monograph, and Mineral News.


Friends of Mineralogy 2013 Tucson Awards

The Friends of Mineralogy presented the awards at the Saturday night banquet of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  The winners at the 2013 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Article 2012, The Mineralogical Record, Renato Pagano and Wendell Wilson – “The Sulfur Mines of Sicily”
  • Best Article 2012, Rocks & Minerals, Tom Rosemeyer, – “Copper-banded Agates from the Kearsarge Copper-bearing Amygdaloidal Lode, Houghton County, Michigan”
  • Best Article 2012, Mineral News, Igor Pekov, Anthony Nikischer, Martin Jensen, and Joseph Leising, – “Whitecapsite: The Story of a New Mineral Species from Nevada”
  • Best Article 2012, MINERAL Monograph, Ryan Bowling – “Blue Flash and Red Fire: Mining Jacksons Crossroads Amethyst”

In conjunction with the Best Article awards, FM presented a check for $200 to each of the magazines, The Mineralogical RecordRocks & MineralsMINERAL Monograph, and Mineral News.


Friends of Mineralogy 2012 Tucson Awards

The Friends of Mineralogy presented the awards at the Saturday night banquet of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  The winners at the 2012 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Article 2011, The Mineralogical Record, Berthold Ottens, – “The Yaogangxian Mine”
  • Best Article 2011, Rocks & Minerals, Tomasz Praszkier, – “Morocco Tea and Minerals”
  • Best Article 2011, Mineral News, Dudley Blauwet – “The Absolute, Truly Ultimate Trip from Hell in Several Parts”
  • Best Article 2011, MINERAL Monograph, Dudley Blauwet – “On the Topaz Trail”

In conjunction with the Best Article awards, FM presented a check for $200 to each of the magazines, The Mineralogical RecordRocks & MineralsMINERAL Monograph, and Mineral News.


Friends of Mineralogy 2011 Tucson Awards

The Friends of Mineralogy presented the awards at the Saturday night banquet of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  The winners at the 2011 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Article 2010, The Mineralogical Record, Tom Moore, – “Alpine Pink Fluorite”
  • Best Article 2010, Rocks & Minerals, László Horvath and Elsa Pfenninger-Horváth, – “Mineralogy of the Alpine-type Fissures and Talc Deposit at Saint-Pierre de Broughton, Quebec, Canada”
  • Best Article 2010, Mineral News, Jessica Simonoff and Lance Kearns – “Skeletal Galena from Madan, Bulgaria – Natural or Fake”
  • Best Article 2010, MINERAL Monograph, Peter Megaw – “Geology and Genesis of (Most) Collectable Smithsonite”

In conjunction with the Best Article awards, FM presented a check for $200 to each of the magazines, The Mineralogical RecordRocks & MineralsMINERAL Monograph, and Mineral News.


Friends of Mineralogy 2010 Tucson Awards

The Friends of Mineralogy presented the awards at the Saturday night banquet of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  The winners at the 2011 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Article 2009, The Mineralogical Record, Rock Currier, – “About Mineral Collecting”
  • Best Article 2009, Rocks & Minerals, John Betts, – “The Minerals of New York.”
  • Best Article 2009, Mineral News, Martin Jensen – “Mineralogy of the Taogangxian Mine, Hunan Province, China”
  • Best Article 2009, MINERAL Monograph, Jaroslav Hyrsl and Alfredo Petrov – “Llallagua: A Mineralogical Paradise”

In conjunction with the Best Article awards, FM presented a check for $200 to each of the magazines, The Mineralogical RecordRocks & MineralsMINERAL Monograph, and Mineral News.


Friends of Mineralogy 2009 Tucson Awards

The Friends of Mineralogy presented the awards at the Saturday night banquet of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  The winners at the 2009 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Article 2008, The Mineralogical Record, D. London, – “Barite Roses of Oklahoma”, v. 39, n. 4
  • Best Article 2008, Rocks & Minerals, J. Marty and W. Wise, – “Minerals from the Hidden Treasure and other mines in the Ophir District, Tooele County, Utah”, v. 83, n. 1
  • Best Article 2008, extraLapis English – WERNER LIEBER AWARD, P. Powhat – “The Garnet Group: fifteen species, endless variety” (No. 9 – Garnet).
  • Best Article 2008, Mineral News, J. Rumrill – “Splitters vs. Lumpers and their influence on species creation” v. 24, n. 3

In conjunction with the Best Article awards, FM presented a check for $200 to each of the magazines, The Mineralogical RecordRocks & MineralsextraLapis English, and Mineral News.


Friends of Mineralogy 2008 Tucson Awards

The Friends of Mineralogy presented the awards at the Saturday night banquet of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  The winners at the 2008 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Article 2007, The Mineralogical Record, G. Favreau, J.E. Dietrich, N. Meisser, J. Brugger, L. Ait Hadddouch and L. Maacha – “Famous Mineral Localities: Bou Azzer, Morocco”, v.38, n. 5 p. 338
  • Best Article 2007, Rocks & Minerals, S.M. Carlson, G.W. Robinson, M.J. Elder, J.A. Jaszczcak, and T.J. Bornhorst – “Greenockite and Associated Uranium-Vanadium Minerals from the Huron River Uranium Prospect, Baraga County, Michigan”, v. 82, n. 4, p. 298;   (This was a tough call because there were so many fine articles to choose from.)
  • Best Article 2007, extraLapis English – WERNER LIEBER AWARD, M. Weibel – “Rainbows, Harlequins and Pins Afire: Play of Color in Opal” (No. 10 – Opal, p. 14)

In conjunction with the Best Article awards, FM presented a check for $200 to each of the magazines, The Mineralogical RecordRocks & Minerals, and extraLapis English.


Friends of Mineralogy 2007 Tucson Awards

The Friends of Mineralogy presented the awards at the Saturday night banquet of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  The winners at the 2007 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Article 2006, Rocks & Minerals, Mark Mauthner and Carl Francis – “Gold Crystal Localities of British Columbia, Canada”
  • Best Article 2006, The Mineralogical Record, Bruce Cairncross & Uli Bahmann – for the “Erongo” issue.
  • Best Article 2006, extraLapis English (Werner Lieber Award), Ross Lillie – “The Great Southern Illinois Fluorspar Deposits”

In conjunction with the Best Article awards, FM presents to Rocks & Minerals, the Mineralogical Record, and extraLapis English each a check for $200.


Friends of Mineralogy 2006 Tucson Awards

The Friends of Mineralogy presented the awards at the Saturday night banquet of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  The winners at the 2006 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Article 2005, Rocks & Minerals, Martin Jensen – “Fluorite from the Xianghualing Polymetallic Ore Field, Hunan Province, China” (v. 80, n. 1, p. 32-38)
  • Best Article 2005, The Mineralogical Record, Berthold Ottens and Guanghua Liu – for a collection of articles on Chinese mineral localities (v.36, n.1, p. 4-80, the “China” issue)
  • Best Article 2005, extraLapis English (Werner Lieber Award), Frederico Pezzotta – “The Italian Island of Elba – A Mineralogical Jewel in the Tuscan Archipelago”

In conjunction with the Best Article awards, FM presents to Rocks & Minerals, the Mineralogical Record, and extraLapis English each a check for $200.


Friends of Mineralogy 2005 Tucson Awards

The Friends of Mineralogy presented the awards at the Saturday night banquet of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  The winners at the 2005 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Article 2004, The Mineralogical Record, Doug C. Toland – Famous Mineral Localities:  Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska (v. 35, n. 5, p. 383-404, 419-420)
  • Best Article 2004, Rocks & Minerals, Jesse Fisher – Fluorite from the Northern Pennines Orefield, England (v. 79, n. 6, p. 378-398)
  • Best Article 2004, extraLapis English (Werner Lieber Award), Herb Obodda – Opening Pakistan’s Mineral Market (No. 6 – Pakistan – Minerals, Mountains, & Majesty)

In conjunction with the Best Article awards, FM presents to Rocks & Minerals, the Mineralogical Record, and extraLapis English each a check for $200.