Tucson gem shows 2011 are now history...
and they were historic!
Historic in the sense of bitterly cold
temperatures. A couple of mornings the temperatures were below 20 degrees, and
the wind was blowing at around 15 miles per hour. That is record cold weather
for Tucson in early February.
weather was a limiting factor for many, Vendors working from small tents and
canopies and their customers were all absent on those cold, windy mornings.
These small vendors along the freeway frontage road are favorite places to find
was warm and friendly in the Tucson Convention Center exhibit hall. This is the
venue for the AGTA show, and usually our first serious stop in Tucson.
visit with friends at their exhibit booths, catching up on
of their families
business has been
news and rumors
expectations for the current show
makes for a full and satisfying first day. The photo below was taken as we
waited for the show to open. The exhibit room is huge, with hundreds of exhibit
The floor is quiet in the photo, but that quickly changes at 10
a.m. My assessment of attendance is that it seemed better than last year, but
still down from the huge crowds of several (good economy) years ago.
The goods that were selling followed the pattern of the last
few years. High end goods and low end goods were selling, and the nice commercial grade goods were moving slowly.
The Gem and Jewelry Exchange show is located across the street
from the AGTA show. It has developed into a major player among the Tucson gem
shows. It seems to have become the home for many of the substantial but
Sales were better than last year in the opinion of those
exhibitors I spoke with and observed. Again, it was high and low end goods that
were moving. The small buyers were looking for stones to put into budget
jewelry pieces, and deep pocket buyers were looking for premier gems.
The huge, gleaming white GJX tent complex is a Tucson gem show
landmark, standing between the Convention Center and the freeway. I took the
photo above a couple of years ago, as we walked from the AGTA show to the GJX
Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers
The Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers shows near the Holidome were
attracting the usual crowd of buyers and lookers at their two nearby locations. Again, business was better
than the last couple of years.
Parking here is an adventure in itself.
J.O.G.S Gem and Jewelry Show
This show has grown substantially over the past few years, in
both quality of exhibitors and merchandise. They feature a number of themed
exhibit areas, including amber jewelry, Mexican jewelry, and gem art.
There are many shows going on around Tucson during early
February. We did not visit most of these shows.
As I mentioned at the beginning, it was so cold that business
at the smaller shows was seriously hampered for several days. Along the freeway
access road, exhibitors with outside booths and canopies on the various motel
grounds were opening late... or not at all. For a couple of days the wind and
cold were harsh throughout the day.
am concerned that some of these vendors had a bad show and may not return next
Vendors with exhibit space inside the motels fared somewhat
better, but foot traffic and business were both down for several days. The
weather had been warmer the previous week, and business during the last week of
Jump Start "pretty good" according to reports.
Last year it rained, and this year was freezing. Next year
should be great.
Tucson gem shows 2011 really were historic!
Top - Tucson Convention Center
Next - Frozen
Tucson fountain. Photo sent to me by an exhibitor.
- AGTA show hall.
of GJX tent complex as seen from the Tucson
Convention Center parking drive.
exhibit booths at a freeway motel.
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Gem Industry News
Silver Price Going Higher
Silver prices crossed the $34 an ounce threshold on February 21. That's
another modern high, and the highest level in 31 years.
Silver previously hit almost $50 an ounce in 1979, as the Hunt brothers,
famed Texas oilmen, invested heavily and attempted to corner the silver market.
In early January of 1980, the commodity exchange changed the rules on
leveraging, causing a 50% drop in silver prices within a few days. You can
Google silver thursday for more information on the market crash.
From a supply perspective, now is the time to replenish your depleted inventory.
If you have some money to invest in inventory - there are deals to be had.
And you should have some cash. After all, that depleted inventory was sales.
From a sales perspective, gift giving occasions have not disappeared. Birthdays,
anniversaries, and many other reasons to give nice jewelry at a great price just
keep on coming. Your customers (and their friends) need what you offer!
A market where people perceive they should spend less fits right into your