If you’re a Weather Channel fan, then maybe you’ve seen its popular series Prospectors that follows a group of miners searching for the rarest gems in the U.S. under the most treacherous conditions.
Thankfully for us, the upcoming Tucson Gem & Mineral Showcase offers up the world of gems, minerals, beads, fossils and pearls without need for a pickaxe or sieve.
Held each February, the Tucson Gem & Mineral Showcase brings together the best of the best, with over 4,000 vendors and dealers in 40 different locations throughout Tucson. This international marketplace offers a chance to see emeralds, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, carved jade, mineral specimens, and the largest collection of colored gemstones imaginable! Plus jewelers can meet face-to-face with miners, gem cutters, pearl farmers, and gem dealers from Thailand, Africa, Europe, Brazil, Madagascar, China, and North America.
The month-long event also offers a number of continuing education opportunities. This year, I’ll be taking Accredited Gemologist Association classes in “Gems: Fabulous, Fake, and Nefarious,” “Hazards of Green Diamonds,” “Journey to the Center of a Pearl,” and “The Future of LED Lighting in Gemology.” And at the American Gem Trade Event, I’ll have a chance to attend seminars in “Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector’s Guide,” “Magnificent Jewels of Cheapside Hoard,” and “Award Winning Design Begins with the Gemstone.”
Perhaps my favorite part of this annual show, however, is the opportunity to shop from an outstanding selection of gemstones. The variety of specimens and the array of colors provide lasting inspiration for my own creations. This year, I’ll be shopping for matched pairs and single stones of aquamarine, large amethyst, turquoise, emerald, ruby and sapphire and more.
You’re sure to see the results here at our two locations: 1022 Chapel Street in New Haven (203-776-4833), and 703 Boston Post Road in Madison (203-245-5700).
Why not let an experienced gemologist shop for you, too? Just let me know what’s on your wish list—while I’m there, I’d be happy to pass along texted or emailed photos and some of the best prices available!
Save up to half price over normal retail prices! Email your requests to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention code Tucson14 for and extra 10% off. When I return, we will arrange an appointment to view your gems all at no obligation.
Peter Indorf, Certified Gemologist Appraiser