All, There are several differences between the mostly outdoor shows at
Quartzite, AZ USA and the mostly indoor shows at Tucson, AZ USA.
Quartzite is by far the most enjoyable show for the individual
hobbyist or small business person. I do not know for sure the number
of rock dealers and finished jewelry dealers at Quartzite, but I will
guarantee you that to see it all you will need several days. In
Quartzite the atmosphere is low key, dig through piles of rock
looking for your special piece. Enjoy the clean air and talking to
other people from around the world. For every rip-off artist there
are 50 good and honest dealers. Just stay away from the rip-off
artist. Quartzite is mostly cabbing material, but every year I end
up coming home with one or two pieces of facetting material. Most
criminals do not concentrate on Quartzite because value is not
packaged like it is in Tucson. Tucson is the high dollar show case.
Cabbing and facetting material are readily available, but very little
of the material is either of sufficient quality or price to make
buying them profitable. Most rough stone buyers are there to find
the one piece that they can devote many hours to and create a
masterpiece of lapidary work. Finished stones are what Tucson is all
about. You can find anything and everything in finished goods at
Tucson. Prices on finished stones vary widely from show to show.
Sales people are there to sell stones. Expect them to push you for a
sale, not be overly friendly, and focused on making money. They must
as Tucson for many dealers is their major income for the year. This
atmosphere is ripe for the criminal element. Both native and
international. Proximity to Mexico and lose international air travel
laws make escaping the immediate vicinity of the crime easy. Beware
in Tucson and do not become a victim.