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Dr. Rob Lavinsky

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President and Founder

Phone: (972) ***-****  
Email: r***@***.com
The Arkenstone
P.O. Box 830460
Richardson , Texas 75083
United States

Company Description: The Arkenstone,, is one of the world's foremost dealers in fine mineral specimens. What started in the 1980s as a side business for founder and owner...   more

Employment History


  • doctoral degree
    UC-San Diego
  • doctoral degree , Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
    University of California-San Diego
  • PhD , Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
    University of California-San Diego
  • B.S. , Biochemistry
    Rice University
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Robert Lavinsky, owner of ..., 28 Mar 2015 [cached]
Robert Lavinsky, owner of The Arkenstone, shows minerals and gems Friday at Ildiko Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, by Ildiko Varga's paintings.
Robert Lavinsky doesn't deal in works by Picasso, Rembrandt or Monet. In fact, don't expect to see any signature on the exotic pieces he displays - they were created millions of years ago by powerful geological forces.
"It's nature's art," he said last week as he prepared for his first Palm Beach show at the Ildiko Contemporary Fine Art Gallery on North County Road. "People call it God's art if you believe in God."
High-end art is often more than just a way to add class to a home or office - it can be a desirable investment vehicle. And Lavinsky, through his company, The Arkenstone, has been pursuing that avenue while promoting his pieces at museums and trade shows around the world.
He also wants people to appreciate the science behind the business, how the minerals and crystals are formed and how rare the most dramatic discoveries are.
He talks rapidly and excitedly about the pieces he sets out for display.
Lavinsky joked: "She's a brave woman to let me exhibit rocks."
People are familiar with the value of gems but less so with the value of the original crystals they are cut from. "What we're trying to teach people is that the crystals are worth more than the gems," Lavinsky said.
It is "one of the most expensive objects in the entire universe of mineral specimens," according to Lavinsky.
Lavinsky began collecting fossils and rocks by the side of the road when he was growing up in Ohio. He started selling some of his more interesting finds at the age of 13.
He launched The Arkenstone as a side business in the 1980s, working with hobbyists and collectors, and eventually building it into an international company with offices in Dallas and Shanghai, China. His company hosted the first mineral-selling website in 1996.
Careful removal
Some of the most stunning finds come from mines in China because the Chinese are less prone to using heavy equipment to get material out of the ground.
"American mining is very mechanized," Lavinsky said. "You wouldn't hear people say, Let's take a break to check for crystals. But in places like China you will hear them say, 'OK, I see a crystal - let's take a break.' "
It takes time and care to remove the crystals from their positions in the Earth, where they might have been formed 10 million years ago or more by heat and pressure. "They form in a crevice or a space and just sit there waiting to be found," Lavinsky said.
Visit with the staff of The Arkenstone, 18 Feb 2015 [cached]
Dr. Robert Lavinsky, founder of The Arkenstone,
Dr. Robert Lavinsky, President and Founder
A collector from the age of 12, Dr. Robert Lavinsky first started participating in mineral shows at the age of 14. He initially planned to launch his career in molecular genetics and received his doctoral degree from UC-San Diego, but his passion for minerals led to a career change. Rob realized the potential to move the mineral world online and became the first mineral-selling website online in 1996. Since then, he has been a full-time dedicated mineral dealer and recently had a new mineral, Lavinskyite, named after him.
Dr. Rob Lavinsky, owner of ..., 1 Sept 2012 [cached]
Dr. Rob Lavinsky, owner of The Arkenstone, suggests you "decide whether your goal is to be an investor of pieces that are of value, or a collector of pieces you love; sometimes you can do both, but articulate what your goal is."
Visiting the Huanggang Mine - Dr. Robert Lavinsky and Xiaojun (John) Chen
Dr. Robert Lavinsky wins the ..., 1 Sept 2012 [cached]
Dr. Robert Lavinsky wins the Madonna Rose Quartz from Heritage Auction's fine mineral specimen auction event in June 2013 showcasing minerals from the Hoppel Collection.
... 2008 Munich Report: Rob Lavinsky - The Arkenstone
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Visiting the Huanggang Mine - Dr. Robert Lavinsky and Xiaojun (John) Chen
Lavinskyite, named in honor of Dr. ..., 1 Sept 2012 [cached]
Lavinskyite, named in honor of Dr. Robert Lavinsky, sole proprietor of The Arkenstone,
A new mineral species was found in the Wessels mine in the Kalahari Manganese Fields of the Republic of South Africa, and it has been named in honor of Dr. Robert Lavinsky, founder of The Arkenstone, in recognition of his contributions to the field of collectible mineral specimens. Dr. Lavinsky has been an important figure in the growth of the fine minerals hobby.
Visiting the Huanggang Mine - Dr. Robert Lavinsky and Xiaojun (John) Chen
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