This past weekend my friend Jessica and I traveled south to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. There were many beautiful, exotic and unusual things to see. The photo above is what came home with me this year. The table is not as full as in years past. I’m not sure if this was because I am a more discerning consumer, there wasn’t as much to see (not likely!) or I stuck to my list mores so than I have in the past. Either way, we did our best to keep the economy going.
More rivolis, in some outlandish colors. I’ve not seen these particular shades before. Out of the frame is also a vibrant lime green and a deep dark purple. Some of these will be made up into flowers of some sort, the others, I don’t know yet.
Chinese crystals were also in abundance. Some were pretty good, others not so much. It seemed like more companies were making them, as they were all over the shows. I like the big chunky ones at the top for the dragon bracelets.
Many hanks of Czech pressed glass. Some of these are dagger beads, others are pinch, and the red ones are a shape called lentil – they’re round, but with an offset hole. I had black dagger beads on my list, but there were none to be found. Apparently black is considered too common to bring to the show. Harrumph!
New shapes in different colors. I really like how they transition from a rough textured area to a machined side. I think these will have to age in the bead bins for a while.
Powder coated chain from Ezel Findings This was one of the items specifically on my list. It’s a fairly generic chain shape-wise, but I think the colors will take whatever I make with them to a different level. After all, gold, silver and brass chains are common, colors are not.
Actual gems. Topaz, tourmaline, amethyst, onyx. I have never purchased gem stones at Tucson before. This is all Jessica’s fault. She was on the hunt for sapphires. The booth where we found these had a quantity discount… We split the quantity. The clincher for me was the strand of shaped topaz.
We had fun. Jessica is ready to go again next year. I think the Tucson Scepter has been successfully passed to a new generation. I neglected to tell her that this annual sojourn is addictive. Highly Addictive.