Saturday, February 11, 2017

#TucsonGemShow - Take A Walk With Me Through The AGTA Gemfair Part One #agtagemfair17

The AGTA Gemfair is a "Trade Only" show and because they can't get in, people ask what it's like.  First, let me kill that rumor - yes it is "trade only", but if you have a pass for JCK, GJX, Holidome, any other trade show in Tucson you can get in to the Tools, Tech and Teaching area and the Galleria level,

AGTA Gemfair is like having the opportunity to see all the components that go into a "Red Carpet Design" in an elegantly appointed environment.

I always tell people that you have to go to the AGTA show to see the gems dreams are made of...

Lets start with the Smithsonian Exhibit!





...and the "Meet The Authors" events were Fabulous!!!

Renee Newman at the NAJA (National Assoc. of Jewelry Appraisers) Booth

Richard Hughes, Hayley Henning and Richard W. Wise manned the Authors Table

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#TucsonGemShow - V.I.P. Previews - #VeryImportantPieces

This is an assortment of pieces that are worth taking the time to go to a new show for....


First - Amanda Adkins - Colorado Rocks 
            22nd Street Show - Booth 31
            22nd Street at the 10 Fwy.

            Fluorite on Iridescent  Sphalerite
            American Gems & Minerals





Troy Newman's - Outlaw Rocks
Pueblo Gem and Mineral Show 
Arizona Riverpark Inn
in the Riverpark Room, Booth 2 

Oregon Pink Opal, Fire Opal and Davis Creek Rainbow Obsidian
 





New Era Gems always has something worth the trip but this year Steve has outdone himself!!!!

New Era Gems
Pueblo Gem and Mineral Show 
Arizona Riverpark Inn Room 108 & 110

...a 420 carat Tanzanite Crystal



Take a minute to stop in and see these folks!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

#TucsonGemShow - Spotlight on Award Winning Designer, Erica Courtney



Erica Courtney - Booth 1606
http://www.ericacourtney.com/
https://www.facebook.com/EricaCourtneyJewelry/


Even the most powerful woman in Washington, Olivia Pope wore Erica Courtney, even if it was only in her dreams...










....and my favorite - always!




#TucsonGemShow - Meet The Authors at the Tucson Shows, Part Two

The first part of this post was about the authors signing at the "Author's Table" booth at the AGTA Gemfair....in this part we feature one author that, while signing at the AGTA Gemfair, is signing at a vendor's booth and another that is signing at his company booth at GJX.

First up Renee Newman --- this is a name known by most of our Industry as her books are used as textbooks in some Gemology Courses...and her prolific texts and updates keep the information current.

Ms. Newman will be a presenter, along with Jeff Mason for a Seminar titled "Detecting Jade Imitations and Treatments", Feb. 2nd at 9am in the Maricopa Room at the Tucson Convention Center.

Detecting Jade Imitations and Treatments
MARICOPA ROOM9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
Jeff Mason, G.G., Mason-Kay, Inc., www.masonkay.com
Renée Newman GG, Author: Exotic Gems, Vol 4: How to Identify, Evaluate & Select Jade & Abalone Pearls
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced
Basic and advanced techniques for detecting jadeite and nephrite treatments, imitations & look-a-likes, including visual, tactile and audible methods.


You can meet Renee Newman and have her sign a book for you following the presentation, or a little after 10am, in the NAJA (National Association of Jewelry Appraisers) Booth on the Galleria Level at the Tucson Convention Center.

She will have the latest updates to two of her books.  The new 6th Edition of her "Pearl Buying Guide", which will be make its debut in Tucson and of the new 3rd Edition of the "Gemstone Buying Guide", which is a new book for Tucson, but was released last July. 


..and as always she will also offer a wide selection of her other books.




The Second Author has become well known for stunning coffee table books filled with photos of gems and the countries they come from....Vladyslav Yavorskyy.

In his latest tomb, Gemstones, Terra Connoisseur,  Yavorskyy takes on the entire field and what a masterful job he does of it!



The author of the groundbreaking Terra Spinel in 2010 and Terra Garnet in 2014 has revealed a new statement on the world of Gems and Art. Terra Connoisseur is a sensational experience – celebrating the most beautiful, durable and valuable natural creations on the planet.


Over 2000 original photographs, of both faceted and rough gems, the colors and sparkle of the gems strikingly natural and tangible.   Then to add over 50 mineral specimens, jewelry and historical artifacts makes this book a visual Tour de Force!


He will be signing at his booth (# 417 & 517) at the 
GJX - Gem & Jewelry Exchange  411 W Congress St, Tucson 
from January 31st through February 5th 

...but get there early - if these sell out as quickly as his other books it will be gone soon!

Monday, January 30, 2017

#TucsonGemShow #agtagemfair17 - PREVIEW - AGTA GemFair at the Tucson Convention Center

When we think of the AGTA Gemfair we think mostly of the gems....but there is a small gallery of Designer Jewelry on the show floor - it is where you can find the Spectrum Award winners

so now just a little bit of the Jewelry Designers this year....

Brenda Smith Jewelry  Booth 1623
http://www.brendasmithjewelry.com
https://www.facebook.com/BrendaSmithJewelry/

"Black Lightning" brooch with #SouthSea pearl, small round #keshi pearls,
diamonds and hot pink 
#tourmaline set in 18k rose gold
Brenda's recreation of the classic 3 Stone Ring in Akoya Pearls

,,,and my favorite!

NEW from the Intrigue collection, featuring a holographic cut #prasiolite with the primary colors in sapphires
set underneath, creating a kaleidoscope effect.

Laura Jankowski - Dickson  Booth 1630
https://www.ljd.jewelry/
https://www.facebook.com/ljdjewelrydesigns/







Paula Crevoshay   Booth 1601
http://www.crevoshay.com








...and my favorites - well it seems that my favorite Crevoshays are in Museums!

This Brooch is t the Musée de Minéralogie MINES ParisTech


Omi Prive   Booth 101
http://www.omiprive.com/
https://www.facebook.com/OmiPrive/




Helen Serras - Herman  Booth 1621
http://www.gemartcenter.com
https://www.facebook.com/Gem-Art-Center-Helen-Serras-Herman-160265560775175/


From the "Silver Faces Collection"

Portrait of Leonardo DaVinci, carved in Smoky Quartz.   Photo by A. Jamison

...and my favorite!
Premiering "Uranus- the Sky God", botryoidal blue chalcedony one-of-a-kind carving,
set in 18K/SS, with detachable strand of Biwa pearls and blue chalcedony.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

#TucsonGemShow - PREVIEW - Alexanders Jewelers at the Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show at the HTCC


Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show
Hotel Tucson City Center

Up Stairs - Above the Lobby 
Darryl & Nick Alexander 








Nick is Darryl's Teen Son....his booth:






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