Mineralogical Society of Arizona 75th Anniversary Pin designer and MSA member,
Chris Whitney-Smith found creative inspiration in former MSA President and retired
Professor of Geology, Dr. Ray Grant’s presentation:
“Basalt to Wulfenite or How Arizona Got So Many Minerals.”
The distinctive MSA foundation, a gray hexagon represents Basalt, the provenance of Minerals.
The three colorful and varied shape Wulfenite crystals represent each of the MSA’s 25-year milestones.
A turquoise 75 at the center symbolizes our Copper State and MSA’s 75th year.
The prospector, desert image and hexagon pay tribute to Mr. Rockhound, MSA founder Arthur L. Flagg & his original MSA logo. Mr. Flagg’s MSA legacy continues to be the source of our passion for the natural world & encourages our continued stewardship of its treasures.
This design is layered in MSA history and symbolism and affords every wearer the opportunity to discuss the wellspring of minerals, their importance to collections and what we can all do to ensure their conservation for future generations.