The Tucson Gem show is an event that shouldn’t be missed. Even if
you only go once, it should be one of the Wonders of the World. It’s
hard to believe that an entire city can be given over to the beauty
of rocks, minerals, gems, pearls, etc.
There are demos in two areas. One is AGTA where AJM has a booth and
sponsors educational demonstrations. The other is at the Hilton
Hotel, where Rio Grande sets up educational demos and Catalog in
Motion. This is where the catalog goes virtual and touching is not
only allowed, it’s encouraged!
On Feburary 3rd, the Orchid Dinner unfolds and this is a great
opportunity to meet other Orchidians.
This is a must attend event which I look forward to every year.
Connecting names that you only see on your email to real handshakes
and hugs is a great experience.
I am sure that others on the list will list their favorites.
My favorites are:
Holdome: tools, beads, pearls, gems, finished jewelry and everything
in between. It’s hodge podge and fabulous. There is one section of
the Holodome which is just pearls. Tables upon tables of strands of
pearls, all shapes, colors, sizes. I shiver thinking about all those
The Pueblo Inn area by the freeway: Minerals, rough, meteorites,
hippies, you name it. You will find everything here and how they
manage to haul it all from different points of the globe, amazes me.
AGTA: High end gems here, some piled in dishes. Rubies, emeralds,
sapphires, pearls, like grabbing candy off the dish. I like to visit
the last day and slowly stroll the isles looking for stones that have
rolled onto the carpet. Downstairs are the suppliers, Otto Frei,
Stuller, Hoover and Strong and the AJM Sponsored Educational Demos.
These are free by the way.
GJX: A HUGE tent, and I mean HUGE with isles and piles and booths of
more gems, pearls, watches, stands, it goes on and on.
I’m sure others will give you their favorite. Just do it dear. Pam
Chott did an exhaustive search on housing/hotels in Tucson.
Hope to see you in Tucson.
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