Born in Vienna in June 1941, to parents Franz and Maria, Gerhard Niedermayr earned his PhD at the University of Vienna in 1965 and was employed at the Natural History Museum in Vienna from 1964 to 2007. Is this a young man's dream come true or what? This was Gerhard's “baby.” His parents were a bit taken aback when Gerhard declared his interest in pursuing a degree in mineralogy. His father, a train engineer, was more in tune with what he considered would be a “practical” career.
Dona Lee Leicht and her husband, Wayne, have owned and operated Kristalle in Laguna Beach, California, since 1974.