This was my tenth year traveling from Sayulita to the Tucson Gem Show. Definitely my favorite year so far! The weather was gorgeous, the prices were fair, and I met up with lots of old and new gem world friends. If you are in the jewelry buying world, and have never been to the Tucson show you are missing out on an amazing buyers experience.
One of my favorite parts of the Tucson show is the desert location. There are amazing sunrises and sunsets everyday. Waking up early to do my inventory while watching the sunrise over the city was a daily inspiration. Or coming out of a buying tent to watch the sunset over the parking lot was just as fabulous.
Another fascinating aspect of attending the gem show are all the mineral specimens. Quartz crystals 15 feet tall, jade tables, geode bathtubs, dinosaur bones, entire petrified trees, etc. Every year I am amazed by what is found inside the earth. I feel lucky to get to see and learn about such cool earth science!
And of course there is the buying! Choosing what to buy, and what not to buy, is the hardest work of the whole trip. There are so many amazing options. I find over the years I have stuck with a few solid suppliers and do most of my buying with them. The are thrilled to see me every year, and I know I get awesome prices by returning to them. But there are always surprises and new designs that pop out at me and become part of our next season's line.
The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has been around for 60 years. What started as a small show for gemology buffs has become the largest gem show in the United States. Really it isn't just one show, it is over 40 shows all in unique locations throughout the city. Filling hotels, parking lots, tents, and street corners, the show takes over the city for the first 2 weeks of February every year. See you there next year!