Educational Display Case Awards

Educational Cases at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show and Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®

Beginning in 1999 the Friends of Mineralogy sponsored non-monetary “Educational Display” recognition at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® (TGMS) for cases which help explain an aspect of mineralogy.  There is no restriction on the theme, but the case should have some special instructive feature.  In keeping with the high standards of the TGMS, the case should be aesthetically pleasing and contain specimens worthy of the show.  Two certificates are awarded, one for private collections and one for institutions, and the winners are honored at the Saturday night banquet and on a plaque in the FM case.  Instructive cases help the hobby grow and underline its scientific basis.  Exhibitors at Tucson, both individuals and institutions, are asked to consider seriously such a feature for their cases.  This award was suggested and financially supported by Kay Robertson, one of the stalwarts of Friends of Mineralogy.

In 2013, the recognition of educational display cases was extended to the Denver Gem and Mineral Show.


Friends of Mineralogy 2017 Denver Awards

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

  • Best Educational Case, Denver, 2017 – Individual, Anne M. Black for “Meteorites: Worth More than Gold”
  • Best Educational Case, Denver, 2017 – Institutional, Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Colorado Springs for 11 cases “documenting the origin of gold in the ground, its historical extraction and processing to its final refined product using modern processes”

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 Educational Case, TGMS, 2017 – Individual, META  (Minerals Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area, participants: Bill Besse, John & Karen Cesar, Jean & Michelle des Rivieres, the Graeme family, Mike & Mary Jaworski, Jim & Imelda Klein, Peter & Allison Megaw, Lauren Megaw, Barbara Muntyan, Marcus Origlieri, Ron & Peggy Pellar, Alex & Laura Schauss, Gene & Jackie Schlepp, Frank & Pat Sousa, Marshall Sussman, and Wendell & Carolyn Wilson) for “Crystal and Crystal Forms: A foreshadowing of the 2018 TGMS show theme”
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2017 – Institutional, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D. C. for “Minerals of the Tri-State_District”

Friends of Mineralogy 2016 Denver Awards

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

  • Best Educational Case, Denver, 2016 – Individual, Anne Black and John Kashuba for “Meteorite Types”
  • Best Educational Case, Denver, 2016 – Institutional, Montana Tech Mineral Museum, Butte, Montana for “Montana Sapphires”

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 Educational Case, TGMS, 2016 – Individual, David Kalins for “Garnets: Just About Every Color Including Blue”
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2016 – Institutional, Fersman Mineralogical Museum RAS (Moscow, Russia) for “Fifteen Shades of Blue”

Friends of Mineralogy 2015 Denver Awards

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

  • Best Educational Case, Denver, 2015 – Individual, Evan Jones for “Arizona Native Copper”
  • Best Educational Case, Denver, 2015 – Institutional, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum for “Minerals of the Southwestern U.S.A.”

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 Educational Case, TGMS, 2015 – Individual, Eric Asselborn for “Sucres: Crystals with the habit called sucre or sugar are also geschlossen gwindel or closed gwindel”
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2015 – Institutional, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Portland, Oregon for “Lead Minerals”

Friends of Mineralogy 2014 Denver Awards

The Friends of Mineralogy presented the awards at the Saturday night banquet of the Denver Gem and Mineral Show.  The winners at the 2014 Denver Show were:

  • Best Educational Case, Denver, 2014 – Individual, Denver Gem and Mineral Guild for “Beta (β) Quartz – Colorado’s own “NADA Diamonds””
  • Best Educational Case, Denver, 2014 – Institutional, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals for “Anatomy of a Thunderegg”

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 Educational Case, TGMS, 2014 – Individual, David Kalins for “Diamonds: Diversity in Forms and Colors”
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2014 – Institutional, Mineral Museum of Bonn, Germany for “Treasures of Gold and Gemstones from the River Rhine”

Friends of Mineralogy 2013 Denver Awards

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

  • Best Educational Case, Denver, 2013 – Individual, Richard Tripp for “What is a Concretion/ What is a Geode?” (2 cases)
  • Best Educational Case, Denver, 2013 – Institutional, California Academy of Sciences for “What does it mean to be a tourmaline?”

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 Educational Case, TGMS, 2013 – Individual, Ellen Alexander for “Happy 200th Birthday – James Dwight Dana”
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2013 – Institutional, Nathural History Museum – Los Angeles for “Fluorite Fun Facts”

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 Educational Case, TGMS, 2012 – Individual, R. Reynolds for “The Wulfenite Story”
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2012 – Institutional, California Academy of Sciences for “Size Matters”

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 Educational Case, TGMS, 2011 – Individual, Robert Morgan
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2011 – Institutional, Louisiana State University

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 Educational Case, TGMS, 2010 – Individual, George Gebhard
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2010 – Institutional, California Academy of Sciences

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 Educational Case, TGMS, 2009 – Individual, Stretch & Lynn Young
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2009 – Institutional, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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 Educational Case, TGMS, 2008 – Individual, Dr, Georg Gebhard, – “Silver” – A very clever and artistic presentation of silver oxidation (the moon waning) and chemical combinations
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2008 – Institutional, Gemological Institute of America (GIA) – “George F. Kunz and his contribution to the gem and mineral literature of North America”

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 Educational Case, TGMS, 2007 – Individual, Georg Gebhard, – “From the Blue into the Green”
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2007 – Institutional, California State Mining and Mineral Museum, California State Parks – “Placer Mining”

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 Educational Case, TGMS, 2006 – Individual, Members of Cleveland Mineralogical Society – Synthetic Minerals
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2006 – Institutional, California State Mining and Mineral Museum, California State Parks – JADE

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 Educational Case, TGMS, 2005– Individual, Members of the Mineralogical Society of Cleveland – “Surprise Endings”, an exploration of the types of overgrowths and terminations on minerals
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2005 – Institutional, California Academy of Sciences – “Am I Blue?”.  A discussion of the cause of blue colors in minerals and geological materials

Friends of Mineralogy 2004 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 2004 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2004– Individual, Jesse Fisher and Joan Kureczka
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2004 – Institutional, Houston Museum of Natural Science

Friends of Mineralogy 2003 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 2003 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2003– Individual, Georg Gebhard – “Two famous Andean Ore Deposits”
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2003 – Institutional, Virginia Tech – “Pyrite ‘Disease’”

Friends of Mineralogy 2002 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 2002 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2002– Individual, Chuck Houser – “Calcite Twins”
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2002 – Institutional, Cincinnati Natural History Museum – “Encrustation Pseudomorphs”

Friends of Mineralogy 2001 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 2001 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2001– Individual, Jack Thompson – “Quartz”
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2001 – Institutional, Colorado School of Mines – “Mineral Fakes”

Friends of Mineralogy 2000 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 2000 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2000– Individual, Si and Ann Frazier – “Quartz Pseudomorphs”
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 2000 – Institutional, California Academy of Sciences – “Refractive Index”

Friends of Mineralogy 1999 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 1999 Tucson Show were:

  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 1999– Individual, Mary Murphy – “Mineral Books”.
  • Best Educational Case, TGMS, 1999 – Institutional, University of Bonn Mineral Museum – “History of German Mining Districts”