A large part of the specimens on display are from the collection of Rob Lavinsky, who also contributed substantially to the organization and explanatory materials for the exhibit. Rob was everywhere tonight, clearly the proud parent. [Right, fluorite with pyrite on quartz. Center, US Ambassador Bruce Oreck and UA's Eliot Cheu, open the exhibit]
Among the dignitaries opening the exhibit were Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson, US Ambassador to Finland and avid mineral collector Bruce Oreck, Dr. Guanghua Liu, Mineralogist and Author of "Fine Minerals of China," and Madam Jiahua Shou, Former Director of the China Geological Survey and Vice Minister of Mines.
The keynote address “China - Development of the Mineral Market,” was given by Berthold Ottens.
Panels in the exhibit described the changing minerals scene in China, with hundreds of new natural history museums already opened or under construction, and the first national gem and mineral show scheduled for May 2013 at Changsa.