Wednesday, January 29, 2014

#TucsonGemShow - Meet The Author - Book Signings at AGTA GemFair

Meet the Author for a Book Signing at the Tucson Gem Show

The Author:  Renee Newman
will be available to sign her latest book in the Exotic Gems series

Where: in the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers Booth 
Booth #G - 11 on the Galleria Level at the AGTA GemFair
When:  February 7th at 10:30am

To order or for more information:

Ms. Newman will sign immediately following her Presentation at AGTA GemFair

Friday, February 7th, from 9:00 am – 10:00 am 
Tourmaline: Colors, Names, Nicknames and Cutting Advice
Renée Newman and John Bradshaw, Coast-to-Coast Rarestones Int'l. 
Graham Room - Intermediate – Advanced. 
No other gemstone offers buyers a wider variety of colors than tourmaline. 
In addition to being found in every color of the rainbow as well as brown, black, white and colorless, tourmaline may also be multicolored in one stone. Author and gemologist Renée Newman discusses the different varieties of tourmaline and shows how designers and jewelers are using them to create dazzling jewelry for their customers. She also indicates trade names and addresses nomenclature issues involving rubellite, indicolite, chrome tourmaline and Paraiba tourmaline. Gem cutter John Bradshaw shows the steps involved in transforming a Mt. Mica, Maine tourmaline crystal into an attractive faceted gem, and he provides practical advice on cutting tourmaline and selecting rough.

Meet the Author for a Book Signing during the Tucson Gem Show.

The Author: Vladyslav Yavorskyy
will be available to sign his book Terra Garnet

Where: in the Jewelers Ethics Association Booth 
Booth #14 on the Galleria Level at the AGTA GemFair

When:  February 4-6th from 4pm - 5pm

To order or for more information:

Garnet is at the same time, one of the most common and one of the rarest gems in the world.

Red Garnet is found on almost every continent- but that isn't the story with the green garnets. 
A set of closely related minerals that form a group, resulting in gemstones in almost every color.

In "Terra Garnet", Vladyslav Yavorskyy celebrates this humble gem 
with the same reverence he showed Spinel in his last book "Terra Spinel"

Lush, vividly covered, thick pages with a silken hand, this glorious book is filled 
cover to cover with illustration and photographs in full color.

Terra Garnet is available at the author's website and through the Jewelers Ethics Association.  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

#TucsonGemShow - PREVIEW - JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show

Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show

January 30 - February 10, 2014

SuperStart Pavilion (South Hall)

January 30 - February 3, 2014
Facility Space
Exhibitors From
Parking Cost
155,000 sq. ft.
800 Booths
35,000 Buyers
26 Countries
The JOGS Tucson show is the premiere red carpet event for Jewelry and Gemstones with over 350 of the world's leading Manufacturers and Designers. Trendmakers and Trendsetters will be the highlight of this world famous event and a must attend for anyone in the industry.

The 155,000 sq. ft. Tucson Expo Center is once again proud to welcome the 30,000 jewelry professionals to our show, who come to JOGS for it’s famous international pavilions.With Over 1000 free parking spaces and a free limo and shuttle service, the only thing missing is you!


3750 East Irvington Road, Tucson, Arizona 85714

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RMC Gems - Cut StonesRMC Gems Logo
Booth: S515, S517, S616, S618
At JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show
RMC Gems - Tanzanite
RMC the market leader for Topaz stones is capable of supplying all kinds of topaz including Swiss Blue, Sky Blue, London Blue, White and Mystic Topaz.

RMC is the authorized dealer of all patented coated topaz. 

RMC is also a big producer of tourmaline beads know all around for there vast variety.
Takat Gems - Fine JewelryTakat Gems Logo
Booth: C1, C2
At JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show
Takat Gems - Earrings
TAKAT is focused on providing the highest level of quality and customer service in creating and marketing exceptional jewelry.

The TAKAT signature style incorporates timeless elegance in a wide selection of distinctive jewelry designed with daring combinations of color, precious metals and gemstones, and innovative materials.
AF Designs - Sterling Silver JewelryAF Designs Logo
Booth: Ballroom W2
At JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show
AF Designs - Sterling Silver Necklace
Today AF Designs specializes in manufacturing high quality of handcrafted jewelry with their team traveling worldwide in search of the most brilliant and beautiful semi precious stones.

AF Designs specialize in Balinese hand-made Jewelry, High-end Fashion Jewelry, Beaded Jewelry Collection, Marcasite, Cubic Zirconia, Stainless Steel with Semi-Precious Gem stones.
Amberman - Amber manufacturer and wholesaler from Baltic RegionAmberman Logo
Booth: W312, W310, W308
At JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show
Amberman is the biggest manufacturer and wholesaler of amber jewelry from the Baltic region. Amberman has been in this business for more than a decade.

Amberman - Baltic Amber Bracelet
Amberman provides products of excellent quality, and offers unique styles of the best jewelry designers in the world. All amber jewelry is satisfied by the American Amber Association.
Maria Belen Nilson - Sterling Silver from Taxco, MexicoMaria Belen Nilson Logo
Booth: W5
At JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show
Maria Belen Nilson - Sterling Silver Bracelet
Hola! My name is Maria Belen, and I was born in Rio Cuarto, Argentina, on 25 February 1954. I grew up there, and graduated in Educational Studies. When I was 21, I left my country and moved to Mexico.

All of my designs are inspired by Mexico and Frida Kahlo. I really enjoy doing what I do, it comes from my deep love for Mexico, and for letting me be who I want to be.

Marc Jewelry Booth: S111 (South Hall)

Marc Jewelry USA LogoMarc Jewelry USA JewelryMarc Jewelry USA Jewelry
MARC Jewelry manufactures its own brand of wholesale marcasite jewelry. Our line of marcasite jewelry differs from what is commonly thought of when the stone “marcasite” is mentioned. We have a refreshingly contemporary collection of sterling silver, colored stone and marcasite jewelry, which will enhance your sterling silver jewelry collections. With the popularity of black diamonds, combined with colored stones – marcasite is back with a vengeance.
We are now one of the fastest moving categories in sterling silver jewelry! We have joined with SWAROSVKI as an Ingredient Brand partner. Each piece of our jewelry is specially crafted with only first quality SWAROVSKI marcasite stones. The use of the exclusive “Made with Swarovski Marcasite” tag is your proof of origin and the Swarovski name assures your customers that they are purchasing the highest, premium quality marcasite jewelry available.


    Marc Jewelry USA Jewelry
  • We have been producing designer silver and gold jewelry for over 30 years.
  • We employ over 500 skilled workers ensuring on time delivery
  • We manufacture for many designer brands and silver distributors worldwide
  • We have an in house product development team with 20+ designers, using the newest technology and rapid prototyping machines for model making. Exclusivity of styles/collections are offered to qualifying customers.
  • We cut all colored stones in house to maintain our high quality standards and to control costs. Customers can request new and exclusive stone shapes, sizes and cuts. We offer unique colored stones, including doublets and triplets stones.
  • MARC offers prime pricing, as you are working directly with the factory
  • We have many more price points and styles available
For more information visit:

Sanchi & Filia P Designs Booth: Ballroom S9

Sanchi & Filia P Designs
  • Every $500 spent you receive a raffle ticket 
  • Raffle will be held last day of pre-show at cocktail party 
  • at end of show.. 
  • 1st prize.......MacBook Air 
  • 2nd prize.....ipad air 
  • 3rd prize..ipad nano ( 3 will be given) 
  • 10 consolation prizes...ipod shuffle 
  • ...also - we will give a mini ipad - everyday!

Sanchi and Filia P Designs is based in New York. Our design studio is located in richly cultural Japiur India. Although founded by Suranjan Porwal and Filia Perakis we are actually quite a large family, both in New York and India.
Sanchi & Filia P Designs
We make beautiful jewelry but that is not our greatest asset. It is the complete Love we have for our creations from start to finish. The greatest care is taken in first ,selecting the stones and then, in creating the designs. Our jewelry is Unique, beautiful and affordable but our success comes from the "Love" that is put into every piece. That's our "secret ingredient". And our greatest joy is when our customers let us know they also Love our jewelry. Love is contagious so please pass it on....
For more information visit:

Didaj Jewelry Booth: W720

My name is Alyona and I am a jewelry designer and founder of DIDAJ Jewelry and Fashion. I've been creating my unique designs for many years. It is my passion and gives me a great deal of satisfaction, especially when I see what joy it brings to my clientele, all over the world. Although my customers vary in age and interests, they all share a common love for jewelry and a desire for beautiful things.
My new Collection brings together colorful Italian leather, Silver and Peacock Baroque Pearls, various colors of Coral, Turquoise, Amethyst, Peridot, Citrine, Aquamarine, and Tourmaline. I very proud of this new collection and hope you find it as exciting as I do.

#TucsonGemShow - AGTA GemFair Ups The Foodie Quotient With Food Trucks


Satisfy Your Appetite with the New and Improved Food Options at AGTA GemFair™ Tucson
This year make sure to check out our revived food court area featuring the best food trucks that Tucson has to offer! This year's outdoor eating area sets the perfect ambiance to eat, socialize and relax from all of your shopping!
Take a look at our great options:

GemHall Floor

Aramark Cart Concepts

Aramark Cart Concepts
Indian - Tikka Masala, Aloo Gobi,
Saag Paneer, etc.

5th Street Deli Kosher

Outdoor Food Trucks

Cheesy Rider
Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Chef's Kitchen
Cajun Classics including Étouffée and Po Boys

DC Jumbie
Caribbean favorites including hot pressed Cuban Sandwiches, Roasted Pork, Fried Plantains (sweet and savory), Pigeon Peas with Puerto Rican Rice

Gourmet Burgers: Beef, Chicken and Salmon 

Dragoon Gourmet Burgers

Gema Tacos and Burritos
Mexican: local Tucson favorites including Carne Asada and Sonoran Dogs

Greek Patio
Gyros, Greek Salad and Baklava

Hellfire Pizza Company
Gourmet Pizza

Napa Valley Noodles, Indian Fry Bread, Italian Sausage, Brats, Chicken Tenders and French Fries

Western Smoke
Santa Anna style TRITIP sandwiches and wraps

Sunday, January 26, 2014

#TucsonGemShow - JCK Tucson Part 2 - A Glance At The Goods!

In Part One - we discussed JCK Tucson - "the new kid in the desert" and gave all the where, when and even how to get there.  In Part Two it is all about the "WHAT" - what will you see at JCK Tucson?  ...lets take a quick look at who is showing and some of the great products being presented...I am going to try to highlight one or two vendors within each of the show areas - there are many more Exhibitors than I have room for in this blog!

So lets take a walk on the showroom floor...if you are familiar with other JCK Events the setup will feel familiar.  There is a LUXURY area, a separate Design Center featuring some very elite up and coming brands and there are rooms that will hold either specific brands or themes...let's start with one of those rooms.

Peter Schmid for Atelier Zobel
in the San Pedro Room - a definite European flair:

       "The people who wear our jewellery stand out from the crowd, like a great smile."
- Peter Schmid

Attraction: Passion: Power - On the shores of Lake Constance, Peter Schmid and the renowned Atelier Zobel team explore and extend the Goldsmith's craft. Our vocation is to create truly distinctive pieces: jewelry for lovers, for friends, for families. We work for discerning individuals and collectors who value the beauty of the contemporary, yet think beyond the present.  

Each piece is unique in its composition of materials and forms. 
Meteorite, ancient ceramics, petrified pinecones; extraordinary gems carefully selected and artfully designed by world-class stone-setters; Sculptural gold and oxidized silver forms created by Peter Schmid. 
See more of Schmid's work in their online gallery

Gasia in Booth 69:

BA Gold in Booth 114:

EFFY Jewelry in Booth 212:

Supreme Jewelry Group in Booth 220:

The Supreme Jewelry Collection is a key resource for the finest jewelry retailers. Supreme's collections are impeccably crafted and comprised of an award-winning bridal line, pendants, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, all available in 18K, 14K white, yellow, colored golds, as well as platinum and blackened rhodium. Supreme Jewelry: Contemporary yet timeless.

DABAKAROV in Booth 304:

A family and a business. Two generations involved in the creation and production of beautifully designed and exquisitely made gold and precious stone jewelry.

Henri Daussi in Booth 313:

From rough diamonds to exceptional jewelry, Henri Daussi is proud to be known as one of Europe's premier diamond cutters and designers of fine jewelry. Cutting the world’s most brilliant diamonds and creating only the finest jewelry has forever been a Loots family tradition.

ARSLEV in Booth 502:

ARSLEV is a Californian based company established by Danish couple Katja & Kasper Markussen. ARSLEV sell & market Danish Designed Jewelry in North America! Check their website to see the range and artists they are currently showing...

Check back soon - in Part 3  we will check out the Designers and Artisans that made it into this year's Design Center at JCK Tucson.


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