The Tucson Gem Shows are history for
There are now more than thirty shows
held in Tucson during early February each year. The larger shows cater to
faceted gem stone dealers and buyers.
We've been going to the Tucson shows
for twenty years and I'm still amazed to see the world's best and biggest
miners, cutters, and dealers standing booth to booth exhibiting millions of
dollars in loose gem stones.
These shows will also have a very
few booths for exhibitors of related items, such as...
Findings and settings
Packaging and display items
Specialized photo equipment
In the last few years we're seeing more
diamond exhibitors, and more finished jewelry exhibitors.
This year we noticed that fewer pearl
exhibitors were present, even though better quality, less expensive, round fresh
water pearls have entered the market.
While the main emphasis of the
Tucson event is loose colored gem stones, some of the smaller shows specialize
Indian jewelry and art
Jewelry making equipment
This year was a little different for
us. We bought very little in finished gems. Almost everything we bought was gem
We picked up rough from Madagascar,
Brazil, and a few other origins... and then we turned it over to our cutter from
Sri Lanka who was exhibiting at one of the shows..
He'll take it back with him to facet
it for us. Having the gem world come to Tucson is very convenient for us.
We're also expecting another rough
shipment from Nigeria, and a shipment of rough from a new mine in Pakistan.
We'll send these goods to his Sri Lanka factory for cutting, along with what we
bought in Tucson.
Combining shipments saves on fees
and taxes, keeping our costs low for you.
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