Saturday, January 31, 2009
So - you know I have to start with the weather it was 75 degrees today in Tucson and yes we are sitting in Paradise!!!
The RiverPark is one of my favorite venues - the staff is delightful (Brandon in the lobby bar is a gem)and the exhibitors diverse...
BTW - let me warn you that you will hear this several times - but right now during the hustle and bustle of setup it is sooo alive here!
The entry to the hotel is a good indication of what is to come...check out the 6-10 ft crystals that line the Lobby Entry!
Let's take a walk outside and I can show you just some of the stuff vendors are unloading...
While it is a little early to start talking trend - there is a lot of Sugilite at this show - from the powdery light lavender to the deep purple with the bits of glittery black! I have yet to see any of the gel/transluscent material but then there are a lot of vendors that are still checking in!
This photo is for my friends Judy & Nia!!! Poor Boy Opals is their favorite opal vendor. They are setting up on the opposite side of the pool from last year - if you are looking for them!
So - the way it works at the hotel venues is, there are tents with exhibitors in the courtyard area (these tend to be jewelry and bead dealers) with rough dealers working out of the hotel rooms that face the courtyard.
I was able to get a quick shot so you can see the tables coming off the sliding glass doors of the hotel rooms.
Now - the tip here is - if the vendor has some nice rough on the tables outside their room be sure to check on what they have inside their room - the high grade rough or in some cases beads will be inside where they have more control over them.
The Main Pavilion isn't open yet - which is one of the reasons I love this show (there are some excellent gem carvers here).
But the South Pavilion is setting up so lets look at some home/office decor...
Moroccan Imports is right along gate on the "Bennigan's" side of the lobby.
They have everything from the hematite "buzzers" to the Amethyst and Citrine Cathedrals and halved Geodes that you can add a glass top to for a coffee table in your living room!
I really like the "conference" tables - I have a fantasy of being a big executive with an orthocerus (fossil squid-like creature) table in the conference room.
If you know me you know I love "critters" - not animals but bug type critters - so the crinoids and trilobites are great fun!
The show staff for this vendor are helpful, and educated - an important factor when talking fossils!
Then of course, after you have the fossil or stone table you need stone dinnerware - right?!
USMAN Imports has beautiful fossil and alabaster chargers, serving pieces, plates and bowls.
....and large sink bowls - even giant vases for home decorators.
350 S. Freeway, Tucson AZ 85745
booths in the Pueblo Inn, Riverpark Inn and JOGS shows
* these articles are an attempt to SHOW you the shows a vendor listing does not mean that I have purchased from them or that I recommend them - recommended vendors (these are people I have purchased from or know personally) will be listed in the column to the right.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Collector Bill Larson follows a fine tradition of a few noteworthy gem and mineral collectors such as Dr. Edward Gubelin, Dr. Peter Bancroft, and John Sinkankas whose collections have informed the industry and who were themselves inspiration for, and mentors to, Larson. In this session Larson discusses the collector’s impulse, how to build your own gem and mineral collection, and reveals some of his holdings while appreciating the import of other gem and mineral collectors.
Pala International will be represented in Tucson as follows:
Event: AGTA GemFair
Event: Westward Look Mineral Show
We look forward to seeing our many friends there. Visit the Pala International Show Schedule for future events.
• Make a list of the important materials I need that I won’t be able to get elsewhere. Stones and pearls are the most plentiful in Tucson, so those will be at the top of my list.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
If you are going to be at the Tucson Gem Show please reply privately to me with your information we could meet up - I would love to be able to put a face with online names!
Can't make it to the show? be my guest! This year you have three options - you can follow my blog Tucson Gem Show - Live! at http://tucsongemshow.blogspot.com/ OR http://tucsongemshow.ganoksin.com/
...and new this year you can follow my Twitter feed - follow me http://twitter.com/aflyonthewall and check for the #TGS - if you add the #TGS hashtag to each message then I can find you and you can find me!
I write at least one post daily and am going to try to live blog using Twitter - check my schedule (will be posting this on my blog) and post questions that you want answered by folks that I am taking seminars from. I will do my best to get you some answers.
-- JCK-Jewelers Circular Keystone, 1/22/2009 10:28:00 AM
The Jewelers Vigilance Committee will present two seminars, “The Basics Of Memo Transactions - The Do’s And Don’ts Of Trading On Memo” and “Burma And Beyond - Operating Your Business In Today’s New Regulatory Environment,” at the American Gem Trade Association GemFair Tucson at the Tucson Convention Center.
The memo transaction seminar will take place in the Cochise Room at 9 a.m. and the Burma panel will be in the Mohave Room at 11 a.m.
“The Basics of Memo Transactions - The Do’s And Don’ts of Trading on Memo.” The seminar covers many of the important points included in JVC’s new guide, “The Essential Guide to ‘Memo’ Transactions.” Seminar topics include: Consignment agreements, protecting your business in an event of bankruptcy, the steps to take to check credit worthiness and more. The guide was developed with The Jewelers Board of Trade to respond to industry concerns, especially now, about the consequences of sending goods on memo. The guide gives jewelry firms a step-by-step method to best position their businesses in cases of economic reversals. Seminar attendees will receive a copy of the Memo Guide.
“Burma And Beyond -- Operating Your Business In Today’s New Regulatory Environment” – JVC, and Douglas Hucker, AGTA CEO, provide up-to-the-minute information on the implementation of the recent Tom Lantos JADE Act which allows trade in rubies and jade from non-Burma sources, the importation and distribution in the U.S. of irradiated gemstones and much more. This seminar can help avoid interruptions in international business and will ensure understanding of legal obligations in this seemingly complex area. An international trade specialist from U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be on-hand to answer questions, and helpful written materials will be available.“In these tumultuous times, it is very important for industry members to protect their businesses from risk,” said Cecilia L. Gardner, JVC’s president, chief executive officer, and general counsel. “Two legal compliance issues—one old and one new—are especially important to AGTA members and the color gemstone community right now; the risks of trading on memo and recent implementation of the Tom Lantos JADE Act.”
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
One nice thing about these shows is that everything is in one place - the food is good (ranges from Carl's Jr. to Bennigans) - there are areas to sit to give your feet a break - you can find gems, jewelry, rough, mineral specimens, african trade beads, clothing, rugs, etc.
Start walking back down - utilize the shuttle if some don't appeal to you. Along this strip is a Metaphysical Show - not sure where since it moved last year and I missed it.
Explore - have fun and tune in to see where I am...
Monday, January 26, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 15 January 2009
Paso Robles, California: Industry VIPs have begun signing up in significant numbers to participate in Gem Jam Tucson 2009.
Premiering on February 5th, 2009, Gem Jam Tucson 2009 will bring together musicians
and music lovers within the jewelry industry for an evening of live music, fun and
relaxation during the Tucson show.
Lead by jewelry industry icons Gary Gordon, Gerry Manning and Paul Klecka, nearly 20
musicians have registered to play at the event and a large number of fans have pledged
to attend to listen and cheer them on.
Gem Jam Tucson 2009 will be an opportunity for musicians within the jewelry industry
to take the stage and play together in a minimally structured environment, make music
and enjoy a casual evening in the company of fellow industry members.
Proceeds from Gem Jam Tucson 2009 will benefit the Jewelers For Children and the
jam is completely endorsed and supported by the American Gem Trade Association
(AGTA). Sponsors currently include MVI Marketing, Stuller, Gemagine Inc., BAH
Design, Diamond Nexus and Dazor.
Since registration has been strong, musicians are encouraged to sign up early to ensure
their place on stage as there will be a limited number of spaces available. Musicians
may register at http://www.gemjammin.com/.
Conceived, developed and produced by Jack Malinowski and Marty Hurwitz, Gem Jam
Tucson 2009 will take place at The Hut, which is located in downtown Tucson at the
corner of 4th avenue and 8th street. This location is central to all industry shows and
hotels. Gem Jam Tucson 2009 will begin at 9pm and continue until closing time.
For additional information and to sign up to jam, visit the Gem Jam Tucson 2009
website at http://www.gemjammin.com/
Thursday, January 22, 2009
This list is long so lets start with a booth that offers a little of everything - beautiful cut gems, specimens and rough - Robert Lowe...
Robert P. Lowe Jr. invites you to visit us in Booth # 205 at the GJX - Gem & Jewelry Exchange, Downtown Tucson, for:
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
On Friday, 6 February from 1500hrs to 1630hrs, the International School of Gemology will hold a special free seminar at the Hotel Arizona in Tucson Arizona on the Grain Boundary Diffusion of Transition Metals in Gemstones. This seminar will present the results of our 14 month study of this unique gemstone treatment by the ISG Gem Research Center and its community of gemologists, jewelers, gem dealers, and consumers.
To complete this study the ISG accumulated over 2,200 specimens of rough and faceted gemstones including andesines, tourmalines, topazes, garnets, and diamonds. With over 20,000 total carats of gemstone study specimens this is the largest gemological investigation of its type ever undertaken regarding the identification of a gemstone treatment.
The study took two separate paths of investigation in order to provide the most comprehensive evaluation of the grain boundary diffusion of transition metals in gemstones. The first was to accumulate a full complement of study specimens and have those specimens evaluated by independent scientific laboratories using LA-ICP-MS, SEM, SIMS, XRF and XRD technology. The second was the ISG in-house study of the specimens using the Enwave Raman Microscope, Vis-IR Spectroscopy, and additional gemological tests including magnetism and a wide array of microphotograph inspections of the internal characteristics of the specimens.
Based on the above the ISG has successfully identified the grain boundary diffusion of gemstones, and will present our scientific evidence including a slide show presentation of the microphotographs at the Tucson seminar.
The ISG believes the grain boundary diffusion of transition metals in gemstones has been an ongoing process in the industry for a number of years. It is a viable treatment that produces permanent results, beautiful gemstones, and makes available to the market a much larger number of gemstones than would otherwise be available. As a result the ISG is making available both training and marketing support to the Thai dealers in an effort to expand the acceptance of this gemstone treatment, and to provide consumers world wide with proper disclosure.
The ISG Gem Research Center is a grass roots level organization comprised and supported by home town independent retail jewelers, gemologists, independent gemstone dealers, and consumers located around the world. The ISG has students and graduates in 55 countries world wide, and is the only gemological school that provides training in both gemology and jewelry appraisal.
Please direct any inquiries to the ISG office at 210-877-5816 or http://us.f319.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=ISG@SchoolofGemology.com
Robert James FGA, GGPresident, International School of Gemology
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
We have a new location at the Tucson Show this year.
You'll find us in the GJX location on Granada across the street from the Convention Center. We're located in the Idar-Oberstein Group Annex right by the entrance.
oregon-sunstone.com (Exotic Gemstones) Booth 4203
Dust Devil Mining Company Booth 4204
The best Oregon Sunstone selection in Tucson!
Fabulous schiller beads, premium faceted gems and designer jewelry!
NEW!! Beautiful Schiller Sunstone carvings and cabochons...superb quality.....all American and All Natural!
Oregon Sunstone......Wear it and generate some HEAT!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Bezel Setting- Learn to Set Faceted and Cabochon StonesBilly Beadle- Master Stone Setter & Technical Trainer at Stuller, Inc.(GemHall II, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.)Billy delivers valuable tips and insight with his live demonstration of how to bezel set in high walled and low walled settings in both faceted and cabochon cut stones. You will learn how to cut proper bearing seats for round and oval shaped cabochons, gravers for seat clean up as well as finishing of bezel edges. Gain valuable insights insight on how to properly tighten bezel settings using both manual methods as well as pneumatic equipment. With growing popularity of bezel setting styles, this class is sure to improve the techniques of novices and seasoned veterans alike.
Thursday, Feb. 5
Colored Gemstone Estate Jewelry - Diana Jarrett, Heritage Gems (Graham room, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.)Basic - Intermediate. Before the marketing machine which unleashed focus on diamond jewelry purchases, jewelry wearers embraced colored gems. The relationship of Estate Jewelry and the colored gemstone world is such that an understanding of when and why certain colors were in use, what changes in availability of gems meant for jewelry design, and even how the availability of substitute and synthetic materials altered jewelry in a given period helps you better present colored gemstone estate jewelry to your clients.
Sunday, Feb. 8
Sunday Evening: A panel of distinguished photographers will present “My Favorite Specimens in Pictures and Stories.” Social hour: 6:30 p.m.; presentation: 7:30 p.m. Westward Look Resort
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
First JRB Marketing Academy to be held in 2009 in Tucson
at the historic Manning House during Gem Fair Week
The Jewelers Resource Bureau is taking its education on the road in 2009 by offering seven jewelry business-oriented classes in Tucson during Gem Fair Week.
The sessions will be held at the historic Manning House in downtown Tucson, and designers can sign up for one, two or more of of them to ramp up their marketing skills for the new year.
The dates are Wednesday Feb. 4 through Friday Feb. 6 during the Manning House Bead Show. Please note that although the academy is being held in the building during the bead show, the classes are not bead related. The location was chosen because the place is beautiful and convenient for designers visitng Tucson during this popular week.
The Manning House is located at 450 W. Paseo Redondo in downtown Tucson.
Designers can register for the classes on the Manning House bead show's site: http://www.mhbeadshow.com/classes-new.php.
Most classes are geared for all experience levels although a few are best suited for beginners. They will be taught by Cindy Edelstein of JRB and Marlene Richey, author of the newly published, "Profiting by Design: A Jewelry Makers Guide to Business Success."
In addition, both Cindy and Marlene will be holding speed coaching sessions at a reduced rate during the afternoons in order to work with you personally and specifically on your goals and business plans.
Bring whatever materials and samples you want feedback on and a list of questions -- surely more will come up during your classes, too -- and you will get the kind of customized, one-on-one advice you really need. The cost is $2 per minute for as long as you like.
Email Cindy at:email@example.com or Marlene at: firstname.lastname@example.org to set up appointments in advance.
1. How to Make a Living at Your Art
INSTRUCTOR: Marlene Richey
DATE: Wed, February 4, 2009 9:00am - 11:20am
You have found your passion, now you want to make a living at what your love. But how? You have to develop not only the skills to create art but to get your work into the marketplace. This class will help you understand the steps necessary to run a successful art/craft business as well as teach you tricks of the trade to ensure your art is more than just a hobby. The class is hands on, fast paced, and fun with tons of handouts. Discover why designing your business can be just as much fun and just as creative as designing your jewelry.
2. Defining Your Brand Identity
INSTRUCTOR: Cindy Edelstein
DATE: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 12:00pm - 2:20pm
LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE: All
Great designs are the first step to success but a clear and insightful brand identity is what turns those great designs into a great business. You have to find and communicate your unique selling proposition to be able to have a place in the market. Design talent is not enough. Learn how to find your brand, communicate it and keep it consistent so that you can set yourself apart from your competition. You will have time to discuss successful strategies of others and do exercises that help you craft the identity that brands your work.
3. Building Your Marketing Toolkit
INSTRUCTOR: Cindy Edelstein
DATE: Thursday, February 5, 2009 9:00am - 11:20am
LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE: All
There are many tools to use to communicate with prospective customers, consumers and editors and all are necessary for your success. In this interactive workshop we'll discuss all the tools and how to use them -- and you'll figure out which ones you want to employ right away. From the old standards (brochures and postcards and direct mail) to the cutting edge (blogs, facebook and enewsletters) we'll cover them all.
4. Craft Fairs, Trade Shows and Personal Appearances: How to "Show Up" for Success
INSTRUCTOR: Marlene Richey
DATE: Thursday, February 5, 2009 12:00pm - 2:20pm
LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE: All
Whether it is wholesale or retail, indoors or outside, juried or not juried, local or national, craft or fine jewelry, you will come away from the class with more confidence on the ins and outs and how-to's of participating in all the various types of shows. I will discuss everything from finding the appropriate show venue, the application process, filling out the ten feet of paper work required, the jury process, to designing a booth, traveling to the show, set-up and tear-down, security, making sales, displays, getting paid, and learning that the bottom line of a show is not always the sales at the event. We'll also translate the experience to instore events and personal appearances (aka trunk shows) and learn how to maximize those events as well.
5. How to do Your Own PR
INSTRUCTOR: Cindy Edelstein
DATE: Friday, February 6, 2009 9:00am - 11:20am
LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE: All
Dream about having your jewels on the cover of a magazine? Wish for your phone to ring off the hook because Oprah thinks you're a Favorite Thing? Wishing you'd get invited to events where the paparazzi snap -- or at least people are looking for great jewels? We'll teach you how to find, contact and entice the media to write about your jewelry. We'll break down the different media outlets, how to build a press kit, how to pitch an editor and how to maximize the publicity you get. You'll learn how to write a press release and make a "pitch."
6. The Art of Selling
INSTRUCTOR: Marlene Richey
DATE: Friday, February 6, 200912:00pm - 2:20pm
LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE: All
Most really good salespeople (not the used car stereotype) are born that way. But that doesn't mean everyone can't learn some of the basics, things like how to close a sale, greet someone who walks up to your booth at a craft show or answer difficult questions. You'll learn how to provide a potential client with the necessary information to become a paying client, and you'll learn some of the tell-tale body language signs that will give you the confidence to be your best self in a sales situation. Just as there is an art to making jewelry, there is also an art to selling it. Learn from someone who has been there, learned through experience and done it. See why some simple tricks of the trade can make sales exciting -- and definitely rewarding.
7. Profiting from an Online Presence
INSTRUCTOR: Cindy Edelstein assisted by Larry Chasin, Ideal Diamond Solutions
DATE OFFERED: Friday, February 6, 2009 3:00pm - 4:30pm
LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE: All
Wondering how to use the internet to grow your business? From online stores to selling communities to your own website we'll discuss all the options and figure out which ones are right for your business. We'll talk about what you need to have on your website to maximize traffic, aid sales and partner with retailers and customers online. You'll learn about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and why you should care about it more than anything else. With this class you'll be confident about your next steps to increase sales online.
Cindy Edelstein is the owner of Jeweler's Resource Bureau, a niche marketing consultancy dedicated to helping designers grow and prosper. A journalist by trade, Cindy's expertise comes from 20 years in the fine jewelry industry championing the designer sector with projects she has invented just to serve her niche. She has created trade shows, conferences, publications and online businesses that offer designers education, marketing opportunities and business advocacy not seen anywhere else. She consults with the premier jewelry trade shows -- Couture and JA New York -- to help designers reach their best customers. Often called the Designer's Guru, Cindy has listened to her clients and set out to teach and offer them all they need and make it fun and easy to do.
Marlene Richey has been on both sides of the jewelry showcase having run a wholesale handmade jewelry business and a successful jewelry gallery. During the past three decades she has grown and nourished these artistic, entrepreneurial businesses and taught herself how to sell, market, merchandise, publicize and profitize designer jewelry and fine craft. She is a well-known teacher and lecturer on the subject of design entrepreneurship and the author of the book "Profiting by Design."
Larry Chasin is the president of Ideal Diamond Solutions, the first jewelry industry internet platform that helps bricks-and-mortar jewelers sell more product online and connects them with fine jewelry designers via the JRB Designer Gallery on IDS.
Larry is committed to the growth of the jewelry industry on the internet and to helping every jeweler prosper from it. IDS has patented technology that allows for true interconnective business relationships that make it easy for all kinds of jewelry makers and sellers to sell in cyberspace.