Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kunz in the News, November 2014

The following represent mentions of Dr. George Frederick Kunz in News articles over the past several months.

Jewellery 101: the gemstones to know about
Vogue Australia-Nov 17, 2014
…mentions Kunzite and its association with Dr. Kunz.

Think pink for truly multitasking gemstone
The Standard (UK) - November 12, 2014
A story about semi-precious stones and specifically the value of Kunzite.

The 50th Anniversary of New York's Most Sensational JewelHeist
Vanity Fair - October 29, 2014
…mentions the role Kunz played in assembling J.P. Morgan’s mineral and gemstone 
collection, later donated to the American Museum of Natural History.

Inside Tennessee's disappearing pearl industry
Al Jazeera America - June 27, 2014
…quotes Dr. Kunz from 1908 about the fascination man has with pearls.

Friday, November 14, 2014 materials on Dr. Kunz

The Web site,, is actively digitizing newspaper content for a subscription fee. AS of November 2014, there were over 12,000 references to Dr. Kunz in their current collection. Some examples include:

  • 1921, November 21 (p.30) - The Nebraska State Journals (Lincoln, Nebraska) published a long article on "Japanese Pearls Worrying Owners of Real Ones" where Dr. Kunz is consulted (a portrait of Dr. Kunz accompanies the article as well). 
  • 1925, August 16 (p.79) - The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) published a full page article entitled "Dr. George Kunz, Connoisseur of Jewels, Reveals Fascination of Precious Stones" written by Rosalie Espenschied. The article includes a portrait of Dr. Kunz and has been digitized and is available for a fee online from
  • 1930, January 25 (p.1) - The Coshocton Tribune (Ohio) has a three-paragraph story regarding the annulment of Dr. Kunz' marriage to Opal Gilbertson Kunz and the couple's plans to continue living together after their annulment. 
  • 1935, September 6 - The Daily Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina) reported that the North Carolina Academy of Natural Sciences added three fine specimens of Kunzite to their collections and explains that the mineral is named after Dr. Kunz.

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Jewelry Career Fair to feature rare Kunzite necklace

The Gemological Institute of America is hosting a new exhibit called the "Beauty of Science" that was on display during the Institute's annual open house on October 10, 2014. The exhibit includes a Paloma Picasso-designed necklace featuring a 394 carat Kunzite stone. The necklace is on loan from the Smithsonian Institution for the duration of the exhibit.

News Release: GIA Jewelry fair open to public from the San Diego Union-Tribune

GIA: Information on the "Beauty of Science" Exhibit