Free Lecture: Arizona’s Four Peaks Amethyst Mine

Curt Cavano

Many people do not realize that there is a working amethyst mine located in the Four Peaks region that can be seen from the museum. Mine owner Kurt Cavano will be sharing with listeners the history of this mine and his adventures in working it. Kurt is the owner of the Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst Mine. He has been a jewelry-making, stonecutting rockhound for almost 50 years and has owned the mine for the last 15 years.

When he is not digging for amethyst in the Four Peaks Mountains he has a day job in New York where he serves as Founder, Vice Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of GT Nexus, Inc., a supply chain technology company with over 900 employees in 8 different countries around the world. Featured as one of World Trade Magazine’s 50 most influential people, Kurt is a frequent speaker and writer on topics concerning international trade and global supply chain management. But what he likes to talk about most is the geology and history of the Four Peaks Amethyst Mine. He is clearly confused as to what world (mining/jewelry or software/international trade) he belongs in. He hopes to figure that out soon. For his presentation, he will also be bringing along rock samples and beautiful jewelry made with amethyst from his mine. For one day only, the jewelry will be sold at reduced prices (10% off).

  • February 2, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Lectures are presented outside in the Museum's Amphitheater, so we have these suggestions for lecture attendees:
  • Bring your own lawn chair;
  • Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen;
  • Please, no smoking;
  • Please don’t leave your dog in vehicle;
  • Coffee and cookies will be available for purchase with all of the proceeds going to the museum for continuing educational programs;
  • Come early and have lunch on the grounds. Food will be available for purchase.


The amphitheater and other outdoor locations on the Museum's property are available for outdoor events including small catered receptions. It is truly magnificent at twilight.

Imagine an intimate romantic wedding, candle-lit banquet or musical presentation with the Superstition Mountain at sunset as your backdrop!

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