Saturday, January 14, 2012

Special Events - Tucson 2012

Saturday Collector's Day at the Westward Look Fine Mineral Show
Collection: Private Collection of Ron Gladnick
When: Saturday, February 4, 2012   Time: 10AM - 4PM
Where: Westward Look Resort Lobby

Saturday, February 4th at 6 pm at the Hotel Arizona:
The week will culminate with the inaugural Jewelers Ethics Association reception, open to all members of the trade, on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Hotel Arizona. Complimentary beer and wine provided by Spectrum Sunstone Mine.

Sunday, February 5, 2012  
Program: Edward Swoboda: "A Life of Gems & Minerals"
Special Guest: Wendell Wilson, Bill Larson, Gene Meieran
Time:   Social Hour - 6:30P    Presentation - 7:30P
Where: Westward Look Resort - Sonoran Ballroom

Ed Swoboda's love for minerals started when he was a little kid and, at 94 years, he's still going strong.  He was the owner of the Pala Chief Mine, Stewart Lithia Mine and the world-famous Tourmaline Queen Mine - which he still owns. In 1971 he, and partner Bill Larson, uncovered the blue cap tourmaline pocket at the Queen Mine which made, and continues to make, mineral history.  

Notoriously shy, this pioneer and legend of the mineral collecting world has graciously accepted our invitation to come and present a brief overview of his experience and life in, "A Life of Gems & Minerals."  This is sure to be a completely packed presentation so come early and stay late.

Sunday, January 29

16th Annual Coyote Classic Charity Golf Tournament
Sponsored by FedEx
Omni Tucson National Resort - 2727 West Club Drive
Benefiting the Tucson Officer’s Run for Special Olympics
Sign-up 12:00 pm   -  Shotgun Start 1:00 pm
Sunday, January 29

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
Tucson Convention Center, Maricopa Meeting Room
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Contact Gail Brett Levine at 718-896-1536 or

Monday, January 30

GILC Meeting
Tucson Convention Center, Graham Room
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
By invitation only.

ICA General Assembly
Graham Room  -  4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
By invitation only.

Wednesday, February 1

Cultured Pearl Association of America
Cushing Street Bar & Grill  - 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
By invitation only.
Call Bo Perry at 212-255-6875 for more information

International Colored Gemstone Association
ICA Cocktail Reception, Marriott University Park Hotel - 6:30 pm
ICA Members welcome by invitation only.
RSVP to the ICA at 212-620-0900

Thursday, February 2 

IDCA Annual Event
Marriott University Park Hotel
7:00 - 11:00 pm
By invitation only 212-921-4488

AGTA GemJammin’
The Hut  -  8:30 pm
Join the jewelry industry’s best musicians for a great night of music and fun!
Tickets are $10 at the door and all proceeds go to Jewelers for Children.
More info at

Friday, February 3 

2012 AGTA Annual Tucson Membership Meeting
Tucson Convention Center, GemHall Floor  9:00 am
Come and meet the new elected members of the Board Directors.

“Party at the GIA Gem Mine” Annual Dinner, Auction and Dance Party
Sponsored by the GIA Alumni Association
6:30 – 11:00 pm
Marriott University Park Hotel
Join us for a silent and live auction, buffet dinner, awards presentation, and dancing.
Attire: Casual evening or business.
Admission: $65 after January 20 and at the door.
To donate auction items, call 800.421.7250, ext 4145, 760.603.4145, or email All auction proceeds will benefit the GIA Alumni Endowment Fund. Shuttle service from the Convention Center to Marriott University Park Hotel courtesy of AGTA.

Saturday, February 4

AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Gala
Marriott University Park Hotel - Grand Ballroom
7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Come celebrate the winning designs of the 2012 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ and enjoy a great night of dining and dancing. Tickets are priced at $100 per person.
Call 800-972-1162 for more information.
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