2015 Dallas Symposium

The 2015 Dallas Mineral Collecting Symposium was held August 21-23, 2015.

Learn more about the 2015 speakers, read about the festivities, or explore our photo albums of the cocktail party at The Arkenstone Gallery and the Banquet and Benefit Auction.

2015 Speakers

Brice Gobin
Tanzanite: From Mine to Market
Biography and Lecture Synopsis

Dr. Robert Bowell
Tsumeb: A Mineralogical Paradise
Biography and Lecture Synopsis

Dr. Federico Pezzotta
Adventures in Madagascar
Biography and Lecture Synopsis

Tom Gressman
Mineralogical Record: History and Significance
Biography and Lecture Synopsis

Dr. Bruce Cairncross
The Kalahari Manganese Field: Discovery, Development, and Divine Minerals
Biography and Lecture Synopsis

Tomasz Praszkier
Adventures in Morocco Featuring Mibladen
Biography and Lecture Synopsis

Dr. Bruce Cairncross and Dr. Robert Bowell
Darkest Copper: Classic and Contemporary Copper Minerals of Note from Africa
Lecture Synopsis
Note – as a special treat, Dr. Cairncross and Dr. Bowell are preparing a joint lecture sharing their expertise.
Their biographies are above.

2015 Events


The Arkenstone hosted the welcome party on Friday evening for guests purchasing the full experience or the social package. This evening cocktail party is a great way to view fine minerals and chat with other excited collectors.

View Photo Gallery


Lectures were hosted at our new state-of-the-art lecture hall at the Eisemann Center. After, a new banquet and benefit auction raised over $20,000 in funds for the Mineralogical Record, Rocks & Gems, and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

View Photo Gallery


Visit the Perot Museum in town, or stop back by The Arkenstone for coffee and bagels for a relaxing end to the weekend.

Questions? Contact info@dallassymposium.org for assistance.