Liddicoat Honored by Alumni

Two members of the Gemological Institute of America's Alumni Association Lone Star Chapter chose a unique way to make a large donation to the Institute while honoring GIA's chairman, Richard T. Liddicoat. Daniel and Bo Banks of Banks International presented the Institute with one of the world's largest sapphire sculptures, carved by artist and sculptor Trent Mann into a likeness of the man known as "the Father of Modern Gemology," Richard T. Liddicoat. The 1,427.6-ct. gemstone sculpture is the largest domestically mined and carved sculpture in the United States and the second largest sapphire sculpture in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The sculpture was carved entirely from a single crystal of natural corundum of multicolored blue-and gray mottled appearance, and is semitranslucent to opaque. The sculpture was donated in honor of Liddicoat for his leaders
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