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  • [] #GIA - Dreher Gem Carving Dynasty from Germany to Exhibit in California
    by Robyn Hawk
    From Press Release by GIADreher Gem Carving Dynasty from Germany to Exhibit in CaliforniaIntricate animal carvings to go on view at GIA in Carlsbad, Feb. 19Carving by Patrick Dreher, 12 x 12 x 13 cm, from a single piece of strawberry quartz with zones of amethyst and rock crystal. Courtesy of the Larson family. Photo by Robert Weldon; © GIAOver 20 intricately carved and lifelike animal sculptures by world-renowned gemstone carvers Gerd and Patrick Dreher will go on exhibit at GIA’s (Gemological....

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  • [] #TucsonGemShow Turkish Clay in Tucson! ...and they are giving it away!
    by Robyn Hawk
    Turkish Clay in Tucson!  ...and they are giving it away!In glorious Tucson tradition, we welcome exotic products from all over the globe to be exhibited and enjoyed by show goers. This year is no exception!Prometheus metal clays are a welcome addition to the transformable product market in the United States. They provide a simple to use, and cost-effective method, for designing custom copper and bronze components. Prometheus Copper and Bronze clays can be fired with as little as a kitchen....

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  • [] Setting Round Gemstones in a Tube ( bezel) with a Punch.
    by hansmeevis
    When ever I have some round stones to set in tubes, especially many small ones, I use my concave punches to do so. This is a method of setting round stones requires a bit of practice to get right. Once you got the drift though, it makes for some seriously clean and neat setting. First you got to make some concave punches. Or buy them. I buy those cheap center punches from hardware stores or I make them from some....

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  • [] Helpful Tips for The Tucson Gem Show
    by CGM Findings
    The World's Biggest Treasure Hunt will be Jan. 31 through Feb. 15, 2015 At the start of every year, the #tucsongemshow happens all across town at more than 40 sites, from giant halls to hotels and sprawling camps of roadside exhibit tents with mineral trading, buying, and bargains. The weather is cold at night in the evening but hot during the day. Being prepared for the massive show with so many vendors and so much ground to cover is overwhelming, especially for....

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  • [] Student Spotlight: Mary Ann Coffey
    by Metalwerx
    Like other Metalwerx students, Mary Ann Coffey has turned to Metalwerx to explore and develop her creative instincts, following that irresistible path that leads to making things. Mary Ann graduated from UMass Amherst, earned an MBA from Babson College, and settled in Colorado, where she started her own computer service business. There she took a class in a jeweler’s private studio in which she learned to make a hand-forged bracelet.  That was the beginning. Mary Ann returned to Boston to work....

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  • [] #Gemshows January 2015 Gem & Mineral Shows Retail and Wholesale
    by Robyn Hawk
    9-11—HILLSBORO, OREGON: Wholesale and retail show; Gem Faire Inc, Washington County Fairgrounds; 873 NE 34th Ave; Fri. Noon-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm; Admission $7, Children free (ages 0-11); Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, pearls, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair & cleaning while you shop. Free hourly door prizes.; contact Yooy Nelson, (503) 252-8300; e-mail: info@gemfaire.com; Web site: http://www.gemfaire.com9-11—LARGO, FLORIDA: Annual show; Pinellas Geological Society, Largo....

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