Wednesday, January 18, 2017

#TucsonGemShow - Rocksaholics at the Pueblo Show and the Main Event!



Aisha Jan & Arif Jan 

welcome you to stop by the 

Rocksaholics Showroom - Room #170 

located in the

International Fine Mineral Building 

at the 

Pueblo Gem and Mineral Show 2017 


January 27 - February 8, 2017

at the Arizona Riverpark Inn - Tucson 

and at the 

Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

February 9th - 12th

at the Tucson Convention Center


Rocksaholics specializes in only 
100% Natural and Untreated 
Fine Gem Crystals and Minerals 
from Pakistan, Afghanistan and beyond.















Rocksaholics also helps the Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show book and organize their annual Mineral Lecture Series:


Saturday, January 14, 2017

#TucsonGemShow - GIA at the Tucson Gem Show #GIATucson

GIA is pleased to announces a colorful lineup at Tucson 2017.
GIA's not-to-miss activities and services include; an out-of-this-world alumni event, show service laboratory, fascinating exhibits, expert talks and much more. The institute will have a presence at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair™, Jan. 31 - Feb. 5, 2017, and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (TGMS), Feb. 9-12, both taking place at the Tucson Convention Center.

AGTA GemFair Tucson 2017

Jan. 31 - Feb. 5, 2017
Onyx Suite, Galleria Level
Tucson Convention Center
260 South Church Street
Tucson, AZ 85701

Visit GIA on the Galleria to find out about GIA Education, Laboratory, Research and Instruments and what’s new for 2017. The GIA Show Service Laboratory will be available to submit colored stones for identification and country-of-origin lab services. Attend your choice of classes, seminars and free presentations to advance your gemological knowledge. Check out the latest issue of Gems & Gemology, or take in a demo of GIA’s gemological instruments. And don’t miss GIA’s alumni party and auction for an evening of food, fun and dancing. We look forward to seeing you there!

GIA SHOW SERVICE LABORATORY

GIA will offer quick, convenient access to gem identification and country-of-origin services during the show. Drop off your colored stones in the Onyx Suite.

The laboratory will be available:

Jan. 30 to Feb. 4 − 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (opens one day before AGTA GemFair begins)

Feb. 5 − 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Come prepared and save time. Click here to plan ahead for submitting stones to the GIA Show Service Laboratory.

Note: Services will be available one day before the AGTA GemFair opens. Hours of operation differ from show hours. Temporary reports will be printed on site; permanent reports will be sent after the show.

Diamond and pearl report services will not be available.

For more information, call +1 800 421 7250 ext 4517 or +1 760 603 4517, or email coloredstones@gia.edu

GIA EDUCATION AND SEMINARS

Registration is only available by contacting GIA Admissions at +1 800 421 7250 ext. 4001 or +1 760 603 4001.

All lab classes, seminars and presentations take place at the Tucson Convention Center.

GEM 240L Gem Identification Lab Class
Required for GIA Graduate Gemologist and Graduate Colored Stones Diplomas

Students practice the same time-tested procedures and identification skills used by the Institute's renowned gemological experts in this lab class. Tools used include a microscope, a refractometer with polarizing filter and a removable magnifying eyepiece, refractive index (RI) liquid, a polariscope with an optic figure sphere, a dichroscope, a table model prism spectroscope, a handheld spectroscope, and a loupe. Students will use these instruments to practice identifying natural gemstones, imitations, assembled stones and synthetics. Along with this hands-on training, your facilitators will carefully demonstrate key tests and coach you in quick, effective testing procedures. (Be sure to read the Student Notification of Classroom Chemical Usage in the GIA Education Catalog. Once you have completed the session, you can keep the lab manual, gem cloth and color grading card.

Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 (Mon.-Fri.) − 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Greenlee Room
Tuition: $1,600 + $125 for books + $25 materials = $1,750, plus applicable sales tax
Earn: Letter of Completion

Identifying Inclusions in Corundum and Emerald
2-Hour Lecture/Lab

Inclusions are an unending source of fascination for gem professionals. In this seminar, you'll use our lab equipment to explore the interiors of specially chosen rubies, sapphires and emeralds and gain insight into what a gem's internal characteristics can tell you about how and where it formed and whether it's treated. Through lecture and hands-on practice, you'll get an up-close look at gems from new sources, learn to recognize specific types of inclusions, and understand how they help laboratory gemologists determine geologic origin, possible country of origin and potential treatments.

Saturday, Feb. 4 − 9 to 11 a.m., Greenlee Room
Tuition: $225

Identifying Synthetic and Imitation Colored Stones
2-Hour Lecture/Lab

This new GIA seminar is designed to sharpen your gem identification skills. Through a lecture and hands-on practice with a microscope and a selection of unusual synthetics and challenging new imitations, you'll learn key identifying features to help detect these materials, gain valuable experience and test yourself. Our experienced gemologists will provide guidance and help you stay up to date with the latest developments in this area.

Saturday, Feb. 4 − 1 to 3 p.m., Greenlee Room
Tuition: $225

FREE PRESENTATIONS

Rediscovering the Chivor Emerald Mine – In the Footsteps of Peter W. Rainier

Robert Weldon, GIA GG, Manager of Photography and Visual Communications, GIA

An epic story of triumph over adversity, Peter W. Rainier, a South African, ran Colombia's Chivor emerald mine in the 1920s. He fought bandits, chased elusive emerald veins and rode across the Andes. His story, revealed in his memoir Green Fire, was licensed by MGM for a movie starring Grace Kelly and Stuart Grainger. Rainer brought Chivor into peak production, extracting the finest emeralds the world had seen. He fought in both World Wars, and helped defeat Rommel's troops at El Alamein. The rediscovery of a lost album of historic photos sparked the idea for a journey to retrace his path.

Wednesday, Feb. 1 − 1 to 2 p.m., Mohave Room


The Latest News from GIA Research

Join Dr. James Shigley, GIA’s Distinguished Research Fellow and a member of GIA’s research team, as he offers insight on developments from the laboratory and research conducted at GIA. Topics of discussion may include, or be related to, colored stones, diamonds or other areas of topical interest.

Friday, Feb. 3 − 9 to 10 a.m., Mohave Room

PARTY AT THE GEM MINE – COSMIC BLAST

Blast off to the GIA Alumni Association’s annual auction and dinner dance in Tucson. Join in the fun for a stellar evening with GIA alumni, students and industry friends.

Feb. 3 − 6:30 to 11 p.m.

Marriott University Park Hotel
880 East Second Street
Tucson, AZ

Tickets are $55 if purchased before Jan. 15 and $65 if purchased Jan. 16 or after.

Purchase tickets here.

SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS EXHIBIT 

Synthetic diamonds have recently been seen more often in the trade and consumer gem and jewelry market. HPHT and CVD-grown synthetic diamonds, alongside natural diamonds, will be showcased in this informative display. Check out the samples and learn valuable facts about synthetic diamonds in the jewelry industry as you make your way to GIA’s booth on the Galleria level.

If you are still in Tucson after the AGTA GemFair, visit GIA at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, also at the Tucson Convention Center, taking place Feb. 9-12.

Tucson Lazydays KOA To Host Gem & Mineral Show and Jewelry Workshops



Tucson/Lazydays KOA 

is hosting the 

"Tucson/Lazydays Gem & Craft Fair"

Dates are Jan 29th - Feb 12th 
Sun-Thur 10am-2pm and Fri-Sat 10am-3pm.

They will be having classes on 
Dichroic Glass, Metal Clay, and Needle Felting.

Location: 5151 South Country Club Road, Tucson
For more information - call (520) 799-3701


About Tucson/LazydaysKOA:  The Tucson / Lazydays KOA is your desert oasis, with beautiful fruit tress abundant throughout the park, authentic Santa Fe - style buildings and plenty of good times to be had. The campground offers pull-thru sites with full 30/50 amp hookups. Lazy Days, a full service RV dealership is located on-site. Enjoy our restaurant with full-service bar, two pools,an event center and meeting rooms, fitness center, off-leash dog park and complimentary Wi-Fi. Come see why camping in Arizona is a breeze!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Gem and Jewelry Collection Exhibition at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium #SITR

From Press Release

Meet Buddha Blue at the exhibit ~ 15ct Ceylon, no heat Sapphire.
Concave cutting technique dates back to 1400-1500!!
Full documented research done by Chris Smith of AGL Gem Lab and Cigdem Lule. 

Somewhere In The Rainbow presents A Modern Gem and Jewelry Collection, an exhibition presented in collaboration with University of Arizona Mineral Museum, located in the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium.
“We are thrilled for this collaboration of educational forces in the mineral, gemstone and jewelry world to be experienced and enjoyed. This will be the first time that the Somewhere In The Rainbow Collection will be available to this extent as an educational exhibition and we are honored to share it with U of A and all who visit.” Shelly Sergent, Curator of Somewhere In The Rainbow
A multi-faceted exhibit is opening to the public in Tucson beginning on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium. The exhibit will showcase exquisite gems from the Somewhere In The Rainbow Modern Gem and Jewelry Collection. Visitors will experience gemstones from six different countries, marvel at the creations of master artisans, and see minerals still in their raw state before they are cut into gemstones. 

Impressive works from twenty lapidary artists and designers, all winners of the coveted Spectrum Award from the American Gem Trade Association, will be on display. Among many amazing specimens, the sapphire named Buddha Blue will dazzle visitors. Faceted in 1400-1500AD, this gemstone inspired Somewhere In The Rainbow to showcase eleven of todays’ top gem cutters. Each of them bring their own style of gem cutting, and the glittering examples illustrate the evolution of cutting styles.

Visitors will also learn about the history of gemology in a display of historical gemological tools that were used to identify and study gemstones through the ages. This collection comes from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (known as Gem-A) and will feature historical equipment from famous geologist Basil Anderson.



The exhibit will run from February 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018 with paid admission to the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium.

#TucsonGemShow - The Fine Mineral Show At The Westward Look Resort

This one is a little bit of a drive but well worth every minute of it - and the view from the Catalina Fooothills is spectacular!!!




Friday, December 23, 2016

#TucsonGemShow - The Fee Based Seminars....via AGTA Gemfair & GEMWORLD

GIA Education


Gem Identification Lab Session
GREENLEE ROOM, TUCSON CONVENTION CENTERMonday – Friday, Jan 30 - Feb 3
*Required for GIA Graduate Gemologist and Graduate Colored Stones Diplomas9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
In this lab, students practice the same time-tested procedures and identification skills used by the Institute's renowned gemological experts. Tools used include a microscope, a refractometer with polarizing filter and a removable magnifying eyepiece, refractive index (RI) liquid, a polariscope with an optic figure sphere, a dichroscope, a table model prism spectroscope, a handheld spectroscope, and a loupe. Students use these instruments to practice identifying natural gemstones, imitations, assembled stones and synthetics. Along with this hands-on training, your facilitators will carefully demonstrate key tests and coach you in quick, effective testing procedures. (Be sure to read the Student Notification of Classroom Chemical Usage in the most current version of the GIA Education Catalog at GIA.edu.) Once you have completed the session, you can keep a lab manual, a gem cloth, and a color grading card.
Tuition: $1,600.00 + $125.00 Books and + $25.00 Materials = $1,750.00 plus applicable sales tax
Earn: Letter of Completion
To register, call GIA Admissions at +1 800 421 7250 ext 4001 or +1 760 603 4001
For more information about GIA, visit www.gia.edu
Identifying Inclusions in Corundum and Emerald
GREENLEE ROOM, TUCSON CONVENTION CENTERSaturday, Feb 4
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Inclusions are an unending source of fascination for gem professionals. In this seminar, you'll use our lab equipment to explore the interiors of specially-chosen rubies, sapphires, and emeralds and gain insight into what a gem's internal characteristics can tell you about how and where it formed, and whether it's treated. Through lecture and hands-on practice, you'll get an up-close look at gems from new sources, learn to recognize specific types of inclusions, and understand their significance for laboratory gemologists in helping determine geologic origin, possible country of origin, and indicating potential treatment.
Tuition: $225.00
To register, call GIA Admissions at +1 800 421 7250 ext 4001 or +1 760 603 4001
For more information about GIA, visit www.gia.edu
Identifying Synthetic and Imitation Colored Stones
GREENLEE ROOM, TUCSON CONVENTION CENTERSaturday, Feb 4
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This new GIA seminar is designed to sharpen your gem identification skills. Through a lecture and hands-on practice with a microscope, you'll test yourself and gain valuable experience with a selection of unusual synthetics and challenging new imitations. You'll learn key identifying features to help detect these materials, and our experienced gemologists are on hand to provide guidance and help you stay up to date with the latest developments in this area.
Tuition: $225.00
To register, call GIA Admissions at +1 800 421 7250 ext 4001 or +1 760 603 4001
For more information about GIA, visit www.gia.edu


Pricing Workshops in Tucson via GEMWORLD

January 30-31, 2017

Colored Stone Grading
and Pricing

January 30, Monday
9:00am-1:00pm  
Fee from $295.00
Half day program exploring the color, clarity, cut and carat weight of a colored gemstone specifically for the purpose of estimating its value. Participants will examine, grade and value a variety of colored stones. 



Emerald Treatments and Pricing

January 30, Monday
2:00pm-6:00pm 
Fee from $275.00
Half day hands on program working with treated and natural emerald specimens with pricing information.

Corundum Treatments and Pricing

January 31, Tuesday
9:00am-4:00pm
Fee from $445.00
A full day hands on workshop working with 150 ruby and sapphire samples.

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All Classes held at
Tucson Marriott
University Park Hotel
Address:800 East Second St., Tucson, AZ 85719


Gemworld International offers education classes developed and taught by Dr. Cigdem Lule FGA, GG (GIA), Director of Development along with the research team of Gemworld headed by Stuart Robertson, GG (GIA).  The aim of these courses is to provide teaching strategies specific to gem market pricing and identification challenges.  The programs are designed for practicing gemologists, appraisers and industry professionals who buy and sell gemstones.

Please contact Dr. Cigdem Lule, 847.657.0555 x207or clule@gemguide.com for further information.  Click here to Register online.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

#TucsonGemShow - The Seminars - YIKES!!!!

I tell everyone who is looking at their first visit to the Tucson Gem Shows to check out the learning opportunities....we have already discussed the Mineral Lecture Series at the Pueblo Show, but there are is so much more!





At the AGTA GemFair you have two opportunities to learn - first the MJSA's "At The Bench Live" - which offers demos that any Maker will apreciate.  For Example this is the offering for Tuesday, January 31st:

Red Flags for Repairs - MJSA's At the Bench Live and Beyond (www.mjsa.org)
GALLERIA / TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY & SUPPLIES / BALLROOM11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Presenter: Arthur Skuratowicz
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced
Some repair jobs are simple, and some only seem simple: Many times, one repair is a signal that other problems lurk below the surface. In this session, Arthur Skuratowciz offers some common "red flags" to help you uncover all of the problem areas in a piece of jewelry. He'll also suggest some handy tips to ensure those repairs go as smoothly as possible.
Hold It! Creating Your Own Fixtures for Holding and Positioning - MJSA's At the Bench Live and Beyond (www.mjsa.org)
GALLERIA / TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY & SUPPLIES / BALLROOM3:30 - 5 p.m
Presenter: Arthur Skuratowicz
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced
Whether you're assembling components, repairing or modifying a piece of jewelry, or simply trying to see whether the parts of a design will fit together, you need a workpiece to hold steady. In this session, Arthur Skuratowicz will take a page from woodworkers and luthiers to demonstrate how to make your own positioning fixtures for complex fabrication or repetitive assembly. Ensure that even the most hard-to-hold shapes remain still for greater accuracy and ease.

The second offering is the AGTA Seminar Program will offerings that will halp you improve sales, teach you to be more social, to educating you about gems and where they come from.  This example is just Wednesday, Feb. 1st:


Roundtable • Live!
Hands on & Interactive
GRAHAM ROOM9:05 - 10:05 a.m. 
Betty Sue King, Pearl Goddess, King's Ransom, www.pearlgoddess.com
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced
Claim a seat at this Roundtable. Live in the moment through the eyes of your clients and feel the exhilaration of indulging passions for things unique and precious. Experience getting first dibs on remarkable pearls. Through this unique intimate setting you will sell more gems, attract new clients, and build custom designs as well as develop collectors and repeat buyers. Engage in a step-bystep guide to plan your own Roundtable. See invitations, place settings & guest interactions. You will be inspired to formulate your own Roundtable and drive your business to greater heights.
Intellectual Property Law for Jewelers
COCONINO ROOM9:05 - 10:05 a.m. 
Sara Yood, Senior Counsel, Jewelers Vigilance Committee, www.jvclegal.org
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced
Intellectual property - copyright, trademark, patent, and other areas of intellectual property law - is an important part of any business, and understanding how to use it to protect and promote your work can give you a leg up. In this seminar, we'll learn the difference between copyright, trademark and patent, what can qualify for protection, how to protect it, and the practical applications in the jewelry industry. This presentation will cover trade secrets and the right of publicity, which can affect how you advertise your products to the public. Come armed with questions - our expert is ready to offer guidance and education on protecting yourself and your IP.
Sourcing Colored Gemstones in Afghanistan and Central Asia.
MARICOPA ROOM9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
Gary W. Bowersox, G.G., Geovision, Inc., www.gems-afghan.com
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced
This lecture is an update on mine to market gems from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and other Central Asian countries. Details on sourcing gems in this part of the world will be discussed in the light of the latest political situations, Global Witness, and other reports.
Gary W. Bowersox has been exploring and purchasing gems in this area for over forty-five years. He is a member of AGTA, ICA, GIA Alumni and President of Geovision, Inc.
Appraisal Essentials - Increasing sales, service, and appraisals
MOHAVE ROOM9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
Cos Altobelli, Altobelli Jewelers and Appraisals, www.altobelli.com
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced
This presentation will cover the appraisal essentials including increasing sales, service, and appraisals; pricing colored gemstones and diamonds; stone setting; Rapaport subscription changes; Synthetic and treated diamonds waiver; grading diamond melee; appraisal software; U.S.P.A.P. update; American Gem Society independent appraiser availability; an advanced personal property appraiser program; color vision testing changes, and advertising and publicity.

Navigating Rough Diamond "C's" -
Diamonds of color is the hottest trend
GRAHAM ROOM1:05 - 2:05 P.m. 
Chandra Horn, G.G., F.G.A., École De Gemmologie De Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced
Color is the hottest trend in diamonds and can also be the hardest to predict when looking at rough. What causes color in diamonds and how do buyers and cutters approach these rare beauties in the hopes of coaxing out the best results.
How do the 4 C's apply to rough diamonds and how do sorters and buyers predict the quality of the final cut diamond? This talk will look at how rough diamonds are sorted and the unique challenges faced when grading and valuing rough diamonds.
Sustainable Gemstones
COCONINO ROOM1:05 - 2:05 p.m. 
Sheahan Stephen, Sheahan Stephen Sapphires, www.sssapphires.com
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced
Sheahan Stephen, will cover the importance of sustainable gemstones in today's marketplace. He will define what sustainability is and give specific (pictorial) examples of the process that a sustainable gemstone company would follow in order to offer you a sustainable gemstone. He discuss who the current buyers of sustainable gemstones are and why they are specifically asking for gemstones sourced through this method, also discuss and answer if this is just a trend or if there will be longevity in this specific sector of our industry.
Lastly, Sheahan will cover which countries have a sustainable gemstone mining model in place currently and what questions to ask your suppliers when looking for sustainable gemstones.
Proof of Provenance
MARICOPA ROOM1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Klemens Link, Director of Development, Gübelin Gem Lab, New York
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced
Consumers request more transparency on the provenance of the goods and services they purchase, and also applies to luxury products including gemstones. In stark contrast to this demand, the gemstone trade has a reputation of being opaque. No proper solutions are in place today that truly close this gap: the classical, gemology-based origin determination offered by gem labs merely states the country of origin, and cannot distinguish different producers mining the same geologic unit. Some mining companies have started to issue certificates of provenance, offering information such as the name of the mine, the mining company, and the mining period. The information provided in these documents, however, is largely based on self-declaration, i.e. is not an independent proof of provenance.
Rediscovering the Chivor Emerald Mine -
In the Footsteps of Peter W. Rainier
MOHAVE ROOM1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Robert Weldon, G.G., Manager of Photography and Visual Communications. Gemological Institute of America
Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced
An epic story of triumph over adversity, Peter W. Rainier, a South African, ran Colombia's Chivor emerald mine in the 1920s. He fought bandits, chased elusive emerald veins, and rode across the Andes. His story, revealed in his memoir Green Fire, was licensed by MGM for a movie starring Grace Kelly and Stuart Grainger.
Rainer brought Chivor into peak production, extracting the finest emeralds the world had seen. He fought in both World Wars, and helped defeat Rommel's troops at El Alamein. The rediscovery of a lost album of historic photos sparked the idea for a journey to retrace his path.

As you can see the offerings are amazing!  Get the complete listing at www.mjsa.org or http://www.agta.org/tradeshows/gft-seminars.html

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