January 21, 2016
Every winter, for the past 25 years or so, I’ve made the journey to the Mecca of the gem world, the Tucson Gem Show. Accompanied by Spectrum designer, Susan Drake, it is a yearly ritual to go out west and see the latest and greatest in gems, beads, pearls, parts, tools, jewelry. You name it, if it pertains to jewelry, it’s here.
The name of the show is a bit misleading. This is not a singular event, but a convergence of multiple promoters, venues and shows. There are actually more than forty-five separate shows occurring over approximately two weeks. People converge from all over the world on this desert town to buy, sell, learn and interact. In addition to the recognized venues, the Interstate 10 corridor is usually lined with tents and a flea market atmosphere reigns.
We find lots of fascinating things here in addition to gems and jewelry. Many shows specialize in exotic mineral specimens or collectible native artifacts from Africa, India, Tibet, South American and the American Southwest. The metaphysical crowd is here with jewelry made from meteorite borne gems, exotic crystals, quartz “singing” bowls, prayer flags and Buddha sculptures. The crowd varies from men in business suits to guys in full-fringed buckskins and women in saris. It’s really a bit of a circus.
Susan and I typically take in only about five of the shows and that’s still quite a project. This time June will be joining us for her first visit to Tucson. Our focus is on Tahitian and South Sea Pearls as well as unique and collectible gems and minerals. We plan to attend shows that include some of our favorite jewelry designers so we can plan our year’s new inventory additions.
If you have had a hankering for something unique and special, talk to one of us before Jan 29th. We are happy to shop for you at the biggest gem show in the world. There are always opportunities there that can’t be found anywhere else.
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May 15, 2017
April 29, 2017
They summon us to eat, work, wake, pray and even gather; bells provide the music to the soundtrack known as life.
Back in February, when we went to Tucson, we discovered The Bell Collection. We were enamored by the display of dainty bells hanging from above, calling us to take a closer look at each one.
April 14, 2017
According to GIA, in 2015, Christie’s and Sotheby’s had reported an estimated $1.2 billion in gemstone and jewelry sales, in addition to the $70-$80 million by Bonham’s of London and Tiancheng in Hong Kong.
Gemstones and fine jewelry continue to set records at large auction houses by collectors all over the world. Gemstone collecting continues to grow in popularity and if you’ve wanted to start your own collection, but are unsure where to start, we’ve got a few tips on how to define a collection.