Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2020 Tips

This year I went to Tucson with a list of specific stone material to acquire.  I was mostly interested in smaller slabs vs the year before when I was looking for larger rocks.  Before my trip I created a scavenger hunt list with photos and descriptions.  Pro tip: Share lists like this with any jewelers you travel with so you can help each other find what you're looking for.  There's so much to look at it's hard to see it all so the more eyes, the better. All of the jewelers I travel with came prepared with a wish list but we always set aside...

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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2019 Tips

It's time for my annual pilgrimage to hunt for shiny things at the Tucson Gem and Mineral show! Seriously, I have a countdown app running all year long that I reset the day I get back from Tucson.   This year my shopping list consisted of 50% rough material in rock form and 50% everything else.  Now that I have started teaching lapidary classes at BARN, I was on the hunt for a variety of materials I could bring home, slab, and use in my classes.  My autofeed 12” slab saw is currently occupying one of the bathrooms outside of my studio...

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Denver Gem and Mineral Show 2018 Tips

This was my first time to the Denver gem and mineral show which is held every year in September.  This show is considerably smaller than the Tucson Gem Show and because of this, I’d recommend trying this one on if you're worried about getting overwhelmed by the Tucson show (trust me, it happens). The Denver Mineral Show is similar to Tucson in many ways. There are lots of different venues at both shows and they are broken up by different areas of interest.  My main focuses were on rough rock and lapidary material but I did find some finished gemstones, crystals, and some...

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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2018 Tips

Experiencing the Tucson Gem and Mineral show for the first time can be overwhelming, exhilarating, and an all around great adventure.  It might be a good idea to take a close look at the map and plan your trip in advance so you can see what you want to see and don't feel like you missed out when you step back on the plane for your return trip.   With over 20,000 vendors, this is the largest show of its kind; a mecca for rockhounds, jewelers and designers.  It can be a bit much to take in.  So to help...

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