Wednesday, December 13, 2017

At the Designer Gallery at the AGTA GemFair - Meet Designer, Brenda Smith #WordlessWednesday

                 #WordlessWednesday - Tucson  2018 Preview 
Just a taste of the NEW pieces that Brenda will
be bringing to Tucson with her. 

Find her in the Designer Gallery 
at the AGTA GemFair  Booth #1623

Bracelet in 18k yellow gold and platinum that has been bright cut. Cuff ends accented with amethysts.

Two NEW rings featuring the new Gold Sheen Sapphire

Black Light brooch/pendant features black onyx with druzy found in Idar Oberstein. Tahitian pearl with a silver overtone.  Diamonds and pink tourmaline set in rose gold,

My Favorite?  this amazing award-winning 
Pearl Neckpiece that was all the buzz 
at the 2017 AGTA GemFair
Nice to meet you Brenda Smith (on the right). Brenda is with Shelly Sergent who commissioned
this fabulous pearl piece for the "Somewhere In The Rainbow Collection", 

Monday, December 4, 2017

#SilentSunday Rocksaholics Booth at the Pueblo Show #TucsonGemShow

The Rockaholics, LLC are Arif & Aisha Jan
Rocksaholics Specializes in 100% Natural Fine Gem Crystals, Rare Mineral Specimens, 
Fluorescent Minerals, and Gem Facet Rough. 
From Pakistan, Afghanistan & Beyond. 
For Dealers, Collectors & Museums.


I couldn't choose a favorite but I did manage to narrow it down to a top 3!

Crown of Paprock 

You will find them at the #TucsonGemShow at:

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show 
Riverpark Inn, 777 W. Cushing Street, Tucson, Arizona 85745

in the International Mineral Building

Room 170;  Jan. 26 - Feb. 7


Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 

Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church St., Tucson, Arizona 85701

Booth MRDEx 517-519; Feb. 8 - 11

Friday, November 17, 2017

#JCKTucson - The Scene at the Star Pass #TucsonGemShow

Two years ago, JCK Tucson underwent a major overhaul that would separate itself from other jewelry industry events, providing a relaxed, yet still upscale buying environment during Tucson Gem Weeks. The event has a curated group of exceptional designers while also providing the necessities of Tucson (gemstones, mountings, etc.). With its all-star roster, events, and unique offerings, JCK Tucson continues to thrive and will include a number of new additions to its next event taking place January 31 – February 3, 2018 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona.
The Scene
Perfectly situated just 10 minutes from downtown Tucson, the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa is located in the saguaro-covered foothills of the picturesque Sonoran Desert. New in 2018, JCK Tucson will offer lunches on the terrace, ideal for networking with new and current industry partners. JCK Tucson will continue to offer shuttle transportation to/from downtown Tucson ensuring gem shopping has never been so convenient.
To allow for maximum inspiration for new discoveries, the vendors are organized into two separate ballrooms based on product type. JCK Tucson’s design offering includes industry veterans and newcomers alike, all with their unique perspective from artisans like Aaron Henry, Alex Sepkus, Adel Chefridi, Belle Brooke, Alishan, Dorian & Rose, JS Noor, Nina Nguyen, Suzy Landa to name a few. Some of the new additions to the 2018 event include Toronto jewelry designer Anna Sportun, deeply in gems designer Margisa, and contemporary jewelry designer W. Britt.

The Tucson Ballroom offers a comprehensive mix of products and services for designers and retailers looking to source loose gemstones, mountings, quality manufactured goods, technology from companies like Quintessence, GRS Tools, Master Casting & CAD, Dazzle Gems and more.

JCK Tucson welcomes jewelry industry buyers looking to restock and refresh inventory for the New Year. The elevated Loyalist Program continues to build success hosting 90 of the most design-savvy stores throughout the world who are looking to discover new vendors, including: Ladyfingers (CA), Jack Lewis Jewelers (IL), Alara Jewelry (MT), Jewels That Dance (NC), Art & Soul (CO), Pave Fine Jewelry (CA), and many more.
Personal Enrichment 
Networking begins and ends under the stars with morning hikes and yoga, afternoon fireside chats with industry influencers, tea tastings, the Design Challenge, evening tequila toasts and casual conversations by the fire pits. Last year JCK Tucson introduced “Gems After Dark”, where over 400 of the industry’s finest united on JW Marriott’s Ania Lawn Terrace taking in the desert beauty while networking with industry colleagues. Co-hosted with Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), American Gem Society’s Young Titleholders and Gen-Next, Gems After Dark is quickly becoming the can’t miss industry event of the winter.
For more information on JCK Tucson visit
Retailers looking to register to attend may do so online at:
Vendors interested in inquiring about exhibiting options can contact: Nina Mancini, 
Designers interested in exhibiting in the Arizona Ballroom, can contact Alexandra Wurster at:

About JCK:
JCK is a trusted partner connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education, and partners to build business. Whether attending face-to-face events, building inventory with online and onsite sourcing, or obtaining authoritative news and insights from JCK Magazine — the leading industry publication in print & online - JCK offers a suite of tools and events to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities, and essential information. For more information on JCK Events, visit

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

#WordlessWednesday Event Spotlight on Kent's Tools! #TucsonGemShow

It is very easy to get carried away at the huge venues,
however...don't miss the smaller ones.  
During the Tucson Showcase, Kent's Tools Show 
is more than just their store...they feature several vendors
 in a small craft show in front of their 1st Avenue store.

Kent’s Jewelry, Lapidary, Tool & Supply Show

Kent’s Tools, 2745 North 1st Ave., Tucson, Arizona 85719

...the used and reduced price equipment section

Monday, November 13, 2017

#JCKTucson What's Up At The Pass.... #TucsonGemShow

via Email Notification

Full Event Schedule at:

#GemTalk #TucsonGemShow - the Learning!

Tucson classes: January 29-30, 2018

Corundum Treatments and Pricing

January 29, Monday
Fee from $445.00
A full day hands on workshop working with 150 ruby and sapphire samples. 

Emerald Treatments and Pricing

January 30, Tuesday
Fee from $225.00
Half day hands on program working with treated and natural emerald specimens with pricing information.

Colored Stone Grading and Pricing

January 30, Tuesday
Fee from $245.00
Half day program exploring the color, clarity, cut and carat weight of a colored gemstone specifically for the purpose of estimating its value. Participants will examine, grade and value a variety of colored stones. 



Classes held at:
Tucson University
Park Hotel
880 E 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ, 85719
United States

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Tucson 2018 - What You MUST See! Featured Artist Jewels of the Woods

Now to preface this article I have to immediately talk about the fact that this company is so much more than Larry Woods, Gem Cutter Extraordinaire.

Larry is the face of the company and the source of the faceted and carved gems - but it is important to give credit to the woman behind the man...Stacia Woods.

Larry cuts the gems and Stacia turns them into wearable works of art.

It will be well worth your time to stop in and see Larry and Stacia at the AGTA GemFair at the Convention Center booths 200-202.

Let's look at some Jewels from the Woods....featuring Larry's trademark Medicine Wheel designs.

Moonstone Pendant

Pakistani Peridot

One of my favorite Stacia Woods designs.

Freeform Druzy Quartz over Native Cooper

2017 Honorable Mention AGTA Spectrum Cutting Edge Award Winner


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