An erroneous comment was made a few days ago saying the attendance at
some of the Tucson shows was down by 25-25 percent. This was at least
partially not correct and I thought I should set the record straight.
The 2001 AGTA GemFair at the Tucson Convention Center had 8863 buyers
(not counting guests, press, exhibitors, etc.) which was less than 5
percent of a drop from the 9323 buyers in 2000. The exhibitors were
very pleased overall by the sales they made at the show.
A couple of other interesting points: AGTA had displays of the AGTA
Spectrum Award and Cutting Edge winners, GIA had a Treasured Gifts
Council booth where they were accepting donations for the museum they
are building, and there was an exhibit by the Smithsonian Institution.
It’s noteworthy that this was only the second time they have brought
items from the National Gem and Mineral Collection for display at a
trade show like this… the other was at the AGTA Pavilion at the JCK
Show in Las Vegas last June.
Best regards to all, as always, James Marker, GG - American Gem Trade