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2012 Tucson Show Update: Week 3
by Rose Marion, Wire-Sculpture.com
This week, I got to visit the Gem & Jewelry Exchange, or GJX, which is a high-end show in Tucson that I was very happy to see. (you can click on the pictures to enlarge them)
We found this genuine Pacific coral sold by a friendly Italian merchant. While I didn’t question the morality of harvesting coral, I had to ask the price range. The coral beads on the bust were priced in the thousands of dollars!
Here is a little Rainbow Pyrite that I found from a booth staffed by a crew of Russian rockhounds. I think it’s a beautiful gift, and while they cautioned me not to clean it with chemicals, a light rinse in water or gentle brushing will keep it sparkling for years!
I met the Tairona Co. gem cutters, who were extremely gracious about telling me about the stones and cuts. While there isn’t a real name for the technique, he called these cuts his “champagne dreams” in this blue topaz.
I also met Chris from W. Hamond, “The Original Whitby Jet Shop” from Whitby, England. I will be telling you more about the famous Whitby Jet in a later article!
Back at the booth, I loved meeting with Bea Grob (who showed me that I didn’t need to be afraid to knit with wire – it works!), Albina Manning, Brenda Schweder, Dale “Cougar” Armstrong, andmore. Eva Sherman blogged pictures from her classes – click here to see Eva Sherman’s students’ work!
For next week’s Tucson update, I plan to visit the neighbor show to TEP Gem & Mineral Show, which is the RV Mineral Show, plus I will show you some of the finds I’m bringing back with me! See you then!