Sunday, January 13, 2013

#TucsonGemShow - GIA Dazzles at Tucson Gem Shows

GIA to Dazzle at Tucson 2013 Gem Shows
Institute to host classes, lab service, seminars and more

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Jan. 10, 2013 – Attendees at this year’s Tucson gem shows can enhance their visit experience with laboratory services, gem and jewelry seminars, classes and more from GIA (Gemological Institute of America). The Institute’s special offerings will take place from Feb. 5-17 at the Tucson Convention Center during the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair™ and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

GIA research fellow Dr. James Shigley will present an open seminar on recent gemological discoveries and research, and the Institute will offer a Gem Identification Lab Class allowing show guests to test their skills and learn the latest techniques for identifying natural gemstones, synthetics and imitations. The GIA Alumni Association will also sponsor the annual dinner, auction and dance event, “Party at the GIA Gem Mine,” on Feb. 8 at the Marriott University Park Hotel.

GIA’s highlights at the 2013 Tucson shows include:

GIA Museum Exhibits
The First Irradiated Diamonds
Feb. 5-10 at the AGTA GemFair™

The GIA Museum will showcase a ring created with the first irradiated diamonds – featuring a 2.73 carat blue pear shape, a 2.35 carat yellow round, and pink melée accents – from renowned mineralogist Dr. Fred Pough. Following World War II, Pough pioneered work on crystal growth and the treatment of gems as President of the Gem Irradiation Laboratories in New York. Together with Robert Crowningshield, then head of GIA’s laboratory in New York and a pioneer in gemological research, Pough selected these stones for his initial irradiation experiments.

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Colored diamond ring set in platinum. These are
 the first irradiated diamonds done experimentally 
by Dr. Fred Pough alongside Robert Crowningshield.
 2.73 carat blue pear shape, 2.35 carat yellow round
 and pink melée accents.          Image © GIA.

The Trilliant Collection
Feb. 14-17 at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
More than 100 trilliant cut gems made from 30 different gem materials – courtesy of the Roz and Gene Meieran Collection – will be on display at the TGMS Show. This collection is one of the exhibit highlights at the Institute’s Carlsbad, CA headquarters, and features one piece that keeps visitors guessing.  One of the gems on display has not been cut and is in its natural crystal shape. Tucson attendees will delight in testing their eye and determining which of the trilliant cut gems is actually uncut.

Trilliant cut gemstones from the Roz and Gene Meieran Collection. Image © GIA.

GIA Show Service Laboratory at AGTA GemFair
Show attendees will have convenient access to gem identification and country-of-origin services through the GIA Show Service Laboratory. Seasoned GIA gemologists will accept gemstones onsite at the AGTA GemFair show Monday through Friday, Feb. 4-9 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free GIA Seminar
Friday, Feb. 8, 9 to 10 a.m.
GIA’s Distinguished Research Fellow Dr. James Shigley will provide a update on the Institute’s latest lab developments including diamonds, colored stones and other timely topics of interest.

GIA Education
GIA will offer one lab class and two seminars during the AGTA GemFair™. Tuition for the lab class is $1,550 plus applicable sales tax and the seminars are $160 each. Pre-registration is required; call GIA Admissions at (800) 421 7250 ext. 4001 to register for the seminars, and visitGIA’s website to register for the lab class.

Gem Identification Lab Class
Monday through Friday, Feb. 4-8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hands-on training – with equipment including a microscope, a refractometer with polarizing filter and a removable magnifying eyepiece, refractive index (RI) liquid, a polariscope, a dichroscope, a spectroscope and a loupe – will help attendees learn effective testing procedures to identify natural gemstones, imitations and synthetics.

Country Origin of Corundum Seminar
Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 to 11 a.m.
This two hour seminar will include a lecture and hands-on lab with microscope instruction on country of origin determination for corundum. Attendees will learn how to identify internal characteristics of corundum through a microscope and what they indicate about the stone.

Emerald Clarity Enhancement and Origin Seminar
Saturday, Feb. 9, 1 to 3 p.m.
This two hour seminar will include a lecture and hands-on lab with microscope instruction on country of origin determination, and degree of clarity enhancement for emeralds. Through a microscope lab session, attendees will learn how to identify internal characteristics and the extent of clarity enhancement.

Party at the GIA Gem Mine
The GIA Alumni Association’s annual auction, dinner and dance event is on Friday, Feb. 8 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Marriott University Park Hotel. Ticket prices are $50 prior to Jan. 25; $65 after and at the door. Register here.

For more information about GIA in Tucson, visit   

About GIA
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit  

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Meet The Author - Book Signings at the Tucson Gem Show

NAJA (National Association of Jewelry Appraisers)
Booth #11 in the Galleria
at the AGTA Gemfair, 
will host three "Meet The Author" opportunities:

Feburary 6th - 11AM
Elisabeth Strack, FGA

February 8th - 2 PM
World Hallmark Vol. I
Danusia Niklewicz & Lindy Matula

February 8th - 10:30am 
Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Silver and other Jewelry Metals
Renee Newman will be signing books following her AGTA presentation.
Her Exotic Gems Series will be available along with most of her library.

DEBUT!  Her newest book "Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Silver & Other Jewelry Metals" will be introduced at the Tucson Gem Show.


David Epstein - For those of you who want to have your copy of "The Gem Merchant" signed, there will be three signing opportunities in Tucson:

Tues. Feb. 5th 10:00-12:00
International Pavilion of the GJX, Booth 3010
Friday Feb. 8th 11:00-12:00
AGTA Booth #9 Upstairs
Sat. Feb. 9th 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
JEA Reception at the DoubleTree Hotel

Antoinette Matlins has updated editions that will be available at the Tucson Shows as well as her general library:

At the AGA Tucson Conference - Wednesday, February 6, 2013
At the AGTA GemFair following each of her scheduled Seminars
...and following her seminars at the GLDA Show.

I know that I want a copy of the updated FIFTH edition of "Gem Identification Made Easy" which will be introduced in Tucson!


Dr. Marco Campos-Venuti's new volume on Agates & Jaspers will be available in the "Gems In Gems" booth at the Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show in the Riverpark Inn - Room 113

"Genesis and Classification of Agates and Jaspers: 
  a New Theory"
  by Dr. Marco Campos-Venuti,
This book contains the explanation of the many questions about the formation of Agate, Jasper and Chalcedony, the formation of concentric bands in agates, the origin of connective channel, the growth of mosses and plumes, the conditions necessary for the formation of horizontal banding, the formation oforbs in jaspers, the genesis of orbicular jaspers, the thunder egg formation. The bood also explains other themes as morphology of the bands, stratigraphy of a banded agate, influence of climatic conditions, types of agate depending on host rock, chemical disequilibrium between jasper and chalcedony. 
All the subject are investigated with a great number of pictures (more than 400) and diagrams making it easy to understand.

Bob Jones' new book will be available at the Rock & Gem booth at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.

The Frugal Collector, Vol. 1
Rock & Gem senior consulting editor Bob Jones’ latest book, The Frugal Collector, Volume I, is now available for purchase. Read about a host of popular collector minerals that will fit the average collector’s budget and their classic sources, and enjoy anecdotes about Bob’s personal experiences over his 70+ years of collecting.

Announcing the first hard cover book, to cover the art of Paula Crevoshay..."Garden of Light".   A documentary of Paula's first one woman show to open at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in April 2013.  

The book will preview at the AGTA show in Tucson, booth # 1617. 
There will be signed copies available.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

AGTA Special Events Announcement

As you would imagine there are several special events in Tucson during the Gem Show...AGTA recently sent out an announcement and I thought I would pass that info on to you.

These are only the events open to the Public if have affiliations with any Gem or Jewelry groups check with them there are private events almost daily...

GemFair Tucson Special Events
The AGTA GemFair™ Tucson allows buyers the opportunity to meet and greet with fellow industry professionals at the convention center or at one of the many nightly events. These events are a great place to combine business and fun in a laid-back environment. The show is open February 5 - 10, with events starting on February 3.  Don't miss out on these great opportunities!

Sunday, February 3
17th 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
Coyote Classic Reservation Form

Wednesday, February 6
AGTA Buyer Appreciation Party
Tucson Convention Center, GemHall Floor 
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
All GemFair Attendees Welcome
Get a taste of Tucson with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, libations and live mariachi music on the GemHall floor.

Thursday, February 7 
AGTA GemJammin'
New Location: Gentle Ben's Brewing Co.
7:30 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.

Friday, February 8 
"Party at the GIA Gem Mine" Annual Dinner, Auction and Dance Party
Sponsored by the GIA Alumni Association
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Marriott University Park Hotel
Join us for a silent and live auction, buffet dinner, awards presentation and dancing.
 Casual evening or business.
Admission: $65 
All auction proceeds will benefit the GIA Alumni Endowment Fund. Shuttle service from the Convention Center to Marriott University Park Hotel will be courtesy of AGTA.

Saturday, February 9
AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Gala 
Sponsored by the Diamond Council of America
Marriott University Park Hotel
Grand Ballroom
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Come celebrate the winning designs of the 2013 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.
AGTA Spectrum Awards Gala Reservation Form 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ed Swoboda Memorial Planned For Tucson

It is with the deepest sadness that I write of the death of Ed Swoboda.  
If you never got a chance to meet Ed, you missed a warm loving father and grandfather, a generous man, a humble soul, 
and a respected Giant in the Gem & Mineral World.

Ed - you will be missed - I will miss your warm smile and greeting!

Quoting Bryan Swoboda's Facebook page:
"Ed Swoboda 1917 - 2013
My father, Edward Swoboda, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and love. He was my inspiration for all the important things I ever accomplished in my life and will be so dearly and truly missed.
I am so truly grateful that I was able to spend so much time with him and that he was able to know my wife and children.

I know that he will forever watch over me and I say, Dad, rest in peace. You deserve it. I will love you forever.

We will have a special memorial for Ed in Tucson this year. Details to be announced."
I know that he will forever watch over me and I say, Dad, rest in peace. You deserve it. I will love you forever.
We will have a special memorial for Ed in Tucson this year. Details to be announced."

The following is from the description of one of Blue Cap Productions Videos entitled Ed Swoboda - A Life of Gems and Minerals:

"Ed Swoboda - American mineral collector and first recipient of the Mineralogical Record’s newly-created award, The American Mineral Heritage Award created to recognize lifetime achievements in field collecting.

From collecting Benitoite in the 30s to being the first to begin mining Brazilianite in the 40s to finding the Tourmaline blue cap pocket in the 70s and so much more. Ed Swoboda’s career has spanned both decades and continents."

Ed Swoboda with Peter Bancroft, Discuss the Early Days of the Benitoite Mine:

...and a quick snippet of video I took of Ed's case a the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show:


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