I’m thinking of going to Tuscon but never have and would appreciate
some guidance. My goal would be to find stones, mainly faceted, at
wholesale prices. My goal is to have my studio completely outfitted
in the next several months to manufacture all my designs here. Until
then I can use a studio locally for casting or send the items out for
casting. I am not sure whether I want to deal directly with the
public, say online or at festivals, or deal only with
retailers…wholesaling to them.
This past weekend I went to a jewlry/gem show in St Petersburg, FL
and it was a bit disappointing. The usual helping of beads, of which
I hve no interest, and a few people with stones. One vendor in
particular had nice stones and settings, with a bench jeweler there
to set the stones. Across the aisle was another vendor selling just
stones. This man had a helper, a young woman of 28. I asked to see
three stones since I have a pendant I want to replace an oval opal
with something colorful and faceted. She kept walking away to go sit
down with her employer who was very loud and obnoxious, belittling me
for not knowing about a couple of stones that I had never seen in
person and didn’t know their pricing or value.
I finally told her I was really trying to buy something but she kept
leaving me and the guy was so abusive I finally just left. I didn’t
want to put a lot of money into a 5x3 stone, like $500 for a colored
gem, so I guess I was chopped liver! And the pendant can be melted
down for all I care.
I want to go to Tuscon and do business with people who will treat me
with professionalism since that is how I conduct business. I am not
going to be spending tens of thousands of dollars, but a few thousand
is not out of the question. And I am not a retail customer for
looking personal adornment.
Is it worth going? I want to establish business contacts that could
potentially be enduring relationships in which we all benefit. But
I’m not interested in meeting a$s like the one last Friday. It’s
my money and I don’t want to feel I am being abused then robbed.
What are the best shows to go to? What dates? Any help will be
Thanks in advance,