Beauty in the Rough: The Hunt for Sapphire

Beauty in the Rough: The Hunt for Sapphire

Have I mentioned I love a good hunt for gemstones? While this photo of a tub full of rocks may look no different to you than rocks you might see on a beach, I can assure you they are quite different and cost a LOT more.  This is a photo of Golden Sheen sapphire rough. The growth patterns are glorious, and to a rockhound and gemologist like me, this bin caught my eye at a recent gem show. I love all types of sapphire and as I've mentioned in previous blog posts, I have tried my hand at mining for Montana...

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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2020 Tips

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 some money...

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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2019 Tips

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 in our house. My...

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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2018 Tips

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 out...

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