Antoinette Matlins to Appear on
ABC’s Good Morning America
Tune in to Good Morning America
, when internationally respected gem
and jewelry expert, author and lecturer Antoinette
Matlins will expose the truth about controversial
ruby composites being sold across the country.
Is that a natural ruby you purchased or is it a
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Manning House Show - Bead,
2010 Show Dates Cancelled
After a great deal of consideration, we have decided to cancel the 2010 Manning House Show - Bead, Gem & Jewelry Exchange which had been scheduled for February 2nd through February 6th, 2010.
Our show had been small and intimate and we had enjoyed very loyal exhibitor and customer attendance. Although last year's show received outstanding accolades, for which we are very humbled, 2010 is simply not the year to promote a growing show.
Our goal for 2010 was to promote an even larger show so our exhibitors would experience the same or better returns as were achieved in 2009. But the slow economy has caused a contraction of exhibitors willing to commit to any show in Tucson and we made the very difficult decision to cancel our 2010 show based on this industry downsizing.
We appreciate the loyal support of our exhibitors, instructors and buyers. We will keep you informed as the economy improves and Tucson can once again enjoy its reputation as the most talked about bead, gem & jewelry marketplace in the world.
Take care and, as always, we wish you a most prosperous 2010 business year.
We will miss seeing you!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Some difficult choices to make here...it is good to see that some of my favorite seminars are being offered again this year:
Antoinette Matlins, Gemstone Press (Graham room)
Basic-Advanced. (Part I not required to benefit from Part II. Part II is not required to complete Part 1). These non-technical, half-day workshops demonstrate how to use simple, portable instruments to quickly and easily identify colored gemstones typically seen in the jewelry market, and detect many treatments, and spot many fakes and synthetics. Techniques to screen for HPHT-treated diamonds and surface-coated diamonds and gemstones are also covered. Even gemologists can benefit from time-saving tips. These techniques and tools will reduce risk and increase confidence when buying away from your store, office, or in the field. Class size limited. (First-come, first-served, limited attendance).
Edward Boehm, JOEB Enterprises (Greenlee room)
Basic - Intermediate. Spinels come in diverse colors from romatic origins. Their durability and high dispersion add to their allure. Graduate Geologist Edward Boehm leads a stunning visual tour through time and space as he explores famous spinels and explores the historic and current sources for spinel, such as Burma, Sri Lank, Tanzania, and Tajikistan. Using images from his own travels to the mines, including his most recent trip to Tanzania, Boehm enlivens the story of this gem which is currently holding great consumer attention
Elisabeth Strack, Gemmologisches Institut Hamburg (Mohave room)
Intermediate – Advanced. It is getting more and more difficult for jewelers to keep track of developments in the cultured pearl industry. Traditional producing countries like Japan are losing ground and newly producing countries like Vietnam are on the rise. In addition to producing Akoyas, China produces not only fresh water cultured pearls of all varieties, with and without a nucleus, with and without second and third harvests, but also tries its luck with South Sea cultured pearls. The traditional South Sea countries concentrate their efforts on quality but some producers undermine such efforts. It is getting increasingly more difficult, even for an expert, to distinguish the different types of pearls with the naked eye and evaluate them. Only a systematic approach will help. If eye-visible criteria are not enough, certain testing methods have to be applied which will be presented in this lecture. The lecture will also make reference to artificial coloration and treatments as they often add to the confusion of origin. Methods of detection will be presented.
Hedda Schupak (Maricopa room)
Basic - Intermediate. Astute retailers understand that fashion-forward clients need two services from their personal jeweler. The first service is assistance in planning a core jewelry wardrobe which articulates the client’s personal style. The second service is assistance in complementing the core jewelry wardrobe with fashionable jewelry pieces which are sensitive to the colors, themes, and economies of each fashion season. In this session with fashion and style expert Hedda Schupak, learn how to help your customers develop a colored gemstone wardrobe that is fashion informed.
Books for Gem Lovers!
John Koivula, Ron Ringsrud, Richard W. Wise (Mohave room)
Basic - Intermediate. Authors of recent new and revised Gem Books discuss their works.
John Koivula: Photo Atlas of Inclusions in Gemstones: Vol III and Geologica-Earth’s Dynamic Forces
Ronald Ringsrud: Emeralds A Passionate Guide The Emeralds, The People, Their Secrets
Richard W. Wise: The French Blue
...and if you are a reader like me you will be excited about this assembly of noted authors in the Gem & Jewelry Industry.
Internet Marketing to Drive Local Traffic
Brad Simon, www.internet4jewelers.com (Graham room)
Use Social Media to Sell Design
Cindy Edelstein, Jewelers Resource Bureau (Maricopa room)
Brad Simon (http://internet4jewelers.com) and Cindy Edelstein (http://jewelersresource.com) are both doing seminars on online marketing - Brad looks at your optimizing your website to attract local traffic and Cindy introduces you to the "Brave New World" of Social Media.
More seminar info at: http://agta.org/tradeshows/gft-seminars.html
I am getting more excited as each announcement is made - I hope that you are making plans to see the Tucson Gem Show in 2010 and if you can't go to Tucson - that you join me.
I have set up a separate Twitter account and site that I can post to and you can talk to me while I am in Tucson (yes - I will still be posting daily wrap ups on my blog).
On Twitter you can follow @TucsonGemShow
...and get the quickest updates at:
If Facebook is your preferred platform my page can be accessed at:
Friday, October 16, 2009
October 16th - UPDATE (via @JOGSShow on Twitter)
"Our contest rules have changed :/ All entries must use organic materials. Shells, Pearls, Amber, Coral, Wood, basically anything that grows."
Do you love to design and create jewelry? J.O.G.S. is having their first ever jewelry design competition and it's time to enter! To enter is free and the rewards are amazing! The winner of the J.O.G.S. Jewelry Design Competiton 2010 will recieve a Blue Ribbon Champion Winners Certificate, J.O.G.S. Trophy, VIP hotel stay during the J.O.G.S. Show, and their very own booth at the 2010 J.O.G.S. Show!
How to Get Started
The deadline to enter the competition is 11:59PM(PST) on December 18, 2009. The winner of the competition will be announced in Janurary.
Questions? Comments? Talk to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, October 15, 2009
February 5–8, 2010
Learn it: Get the inside scoop from trusted jewelry experts.
Love it: Have fun with new tools, equipment and opportunities.
Live it: Bring your ideas to life.
Friday-Sunday, 9am to 6pm
and Monday, 9am to 4pm at the
Tucson Gem & Mineral Show
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Two Amazing Mineral Events.
One Special Tucson.
For the first time in history we have brought together some of the most talented and respected mineral artists in the world for two special events that is sure to be the talk of the show.
Eberhard Equit, Hildegard Könighofer, Wendell Wilson, Susan Robinson and many more artists will enjoy a long overdue spotlight in the mineral collecting community.
At the 6:30P cocktail hour, there will be a Mineral Artists' Gallery in the Sonoran Ballroom with a select number of fine mineral artists displaying their work and being on hand to discuss their paintings.
The list of attending artists is growing and to-date includes:
- Chris Hughes
- Steve Sorrel
- Gail Spann
- Brandy Naugle
TUCSON GEM AND MINERAL SHOWTM
Then, from February 11 - 14 at the Tucson Convention Center, the TGMS' Tucson Gem and Mineral Show(TM) will be the location for a never-before-seen exhibit ofEberhard, Hildegard, Wendell and Susan's work.
On the main floor of theconvention center will beover 40 feet of specialdisplay cases FILLED with the original paintings of these Master Artists and, with many of the paintings,the actual mineral specimen that was the inspiration for these images. Never beforehave these paintings been displayed on a scale like this and it's quite likely that they'll never be seen like this again.
And, if you happened to miss the Westward Look Sunday Evening Program, these four artists will be on hand tochat with you and answer any questions you may have.
Gathering these paintings has been a MONUMENTAL task as tracking down some of these paintings has been an exercise in detective sleuthing. Owners and collectors of these fantastic paintings have all banded together to bring you themost complete and impressive collection offine mineral paintings that Tucson, and quite possibly the world, has ever seen.
This is history in the making so be a part of history by visiting the Mineral Artists' Show at the 2010 Tucson show.
We'll see you there!!