Whoa! It’s January 23rd! How did that happen? The Tucson Gem Show is
right around the corner. The deadline for purchasing a raffle ticket
is coming fast, fast, fast.
THE ONLINE RAFFLE ENDS IN 14 DAYS!
I am please to highlight three more great supporters of the Ganoksin
Raffle. Seven lucky people will go home with some serious goodies.
It can happen to you, as it has happened to many who said, “but I
never win anything”. Imagine how surprised they were when they got
that phone call in the middle of the night.
See you all at the dinner when I pick the winners!
Oh, and the Orchid dinner? ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE DINNER ENDS
Ganoksin Raffle Organizer
Bob Rush Cabochons
Gift certificate for a variety of beautiful hand cut cabochons Value
New to the raffle this year are a fine selection of hand cut
cabochons for your jewelry needs. They will make great gifts for
friends or for you!
A collection of rare and beautiful hand cut cabochons perfect for
anyone wanting to set lovely stones into their creations.
Bob Rush is a self-taught lapidary residing in San Jose, CA. He
began his lapidary adventure at a young age when his uncle introduced
him to the techniques of cutting and polishing the local agates found
in Southern Oregon. In the nearly 50 years since, he has expanded and
refined his lapidary skills to include work on many varied projects
including assembled stones such as opal doublets and triplets,
freeform cabs, very large color cabochons and some stone carving.
He continues to search for rare and unique cutting rough with
distinct patterns and features that are both typical and unusual for
that particular material. These patterns are his focus for rare and
unique high quality cabochons for the jewelry artists’ special design
needs. These patterns and features often dictate the final shape for
the cabochon thus they will not be cut to the generally accepted
commercial sizes and shapes.
Gift Certificate for $300 worth of tools value $300
One of Ganoksin’s regular supporters, Gesswein offers a shopping
spree for anything in their catalog.
Since 1914, Gesswein is one the industry leaders in the jewelry tool
business. Elaine Corwin in Technical Support was one of the first
supporters of the Ganoksin Raffle. Gesswein has an excellent sales
staff and are always helpful to any jeweler no matter where you are
in your career.
On their website, they have an interesting story of Gesswein’s
history. Here is an excerpt.
“To our friends and patrons, greetings. Prompted by a universal
demand from our friends, and strongly feeling the need of a book that
would be a work of standard value on tools and supplies=8A we have,
with the characteristic spirit of our house, spared neither labor nor
expense in producing a catalogue that will be a benefit to every
buyer and workman in the line.”
So began an early Gesswein catalog offered at a time when all work
was painstakingly crafted and finished entirely by hand. Compared to
the present, considering current manufacturing knowledge and
production supplies and equipment, those early days were hazardous
and inefficient. Many techniques were unsafe and exposed the workers
to highly toxic chemicals. The machinery that was available was
powered by pulley or, at best, by gas or steam generators.
How we came to be here, back in 1914, is truly an American success
story. The father of our company, Paul H. Gesswein, was born in
Germany. One of the youngest in a family of 18 children, he came to
America with his father and some of his younger siblings when he was
in his early teens.
His arrival in this country typified the struggle that immigrants
faced in becoming self-sufficient. As a teenager, Paul took a job
working in a hardware store. Young Paul found that he had many
requests from nearby craftsman for precision tools, mainly for
manufacturing jewelry. Recognizin= g an opportunity, he decided to
start his own business. He began by importing European tools
(primarily from Germany) because American-made products were rare or
nonexistent. Initially, Paul’s customers were local; they visited the
store to make their purchases. As time went on, however, Paul
decided t= o visit customers outside the New York City area and began
traveling by steamer between New York and Boston. As people heard
about his precision tools, requests from other parts of the country
were received. That’s when Paul decided to produce a book of tools
and supplies that he could mail to those customers who couldn’t visit
his store - and the first Gesswein catalog was born!
Thank you Gesswein for your continuing support and faith in
RHB Enterprises - Robert and Sophie Berzofsky
Gift certificate for stones Value $300
I have had the pleasure of knowing Robert and Sophie and to see
their stone collection close and personal. They offer unique stones
at a reasonable price and are a joy to work with. If you need
something special, they will find what you need and stay within your
budget. Each year they travel to Thailand and Hong Kong and bring
back very different and unique stones. They are careful to make sure
if you select a raw diamond or a lovely briolette, that you can
string them with ease. It is this attention to the small details is
what makes them special.
A beautiful selection of stones by gem importers Robert and Sophie
Berzofsky. Their yearly travels to Asia provide beautiful selection
of stones, beads, briolettes and raw diamonds, affordably priced for
Thank you Robert and Sophie. Your contribution of stones and your
wonderful spirit are appreciated by Ganoksin.
Orchid Tucson Raffle
This is your chance to win some amazing prizes!!
The total for prizes value is 23,287.90 US$!
Incredible Prizes and SEVEN winners!
Help Ganoksin. Help Orchid. Purchase a Raffle ticket today.
Tickets are only $39!!
Support Orchid! Buy a ticket, or increase your chances, buy a few!