I was walking the Holidome yesterday with Mark Anderson and Ann Marie.  

Ann Marie stopped at a gem dealer's booth that none of us knew - I love that about Ann Marie, she is always willing to take a chance on a new person if she likes his personality and his knowledge of gems.

I want to introduce you to him because he is very special - his family has been selling moonstone for generations....he is a wealth of information on Moonstone, Ethiopian Opal and Labradorite (but not limited to those three).

Mohammed Shahbaan 
Moonstone Gems Exports 
Booth #447
OR his Etsy shop:

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#TucsonGemShow Checking out the NEW at JCK Tucson…

by Robyn Hawk on February 5, 2016

This is just a small curated collection of the amazing gems and jewels at JCK Tucson...

The German Designers never disappoint: 

Hilde Leiss had magical pearls on leather bails!

...and brushed metal

Dunne had the most incredible Boulder Opal ever:

One of the most innovative Designers, Lord Jewelry's Sinork Agdere, brilliantly combines today's sensibilities with old world craftsmanship...

These enamel and gemstone chains are sure to be a summer hit!

...then there is the classic whimsy of Lord

We will be back for more from JCK later....


#TucsonGemShow JCK Heats Up Under the Tucson Sun

February 5, 2016
from Press Release

JCK Heats Up Under the Tucson Sun

Tucson, AZ (February 4, 2016) — JCK Tucson welcomed jewelry and gem lovers en masse to its oasis-like enclave at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa yesterday. In its third year, the show is boasting major improvements including a new look with new booth structures, lounges, and a signature coffee shop creating an environment that is both upscale and casual. The designer ballroom features inspired collections by brand names including: Todd Reed, Alishan, Kurtulan Designs, Boaz Kashi, Aaron Henry, Dorian & Rose, and Nina Nguyen to name a few. “I was excited to see the new look and feel of JCK Tucson. It combines the right mix of what you hope to find in Tucson and the quality you expect to find from JCK,” stated Lisa Bridge, Ben Bridge.

Lord Jewelry at JCK

JCK’s renewed focus on design is supported by inspiring events happening throughout the week. The event schedule kicked off Wednesday with “Inside the Designers Studio” fireside chat featuring famed designers Sarah Graham and Todd Reed, moderated by JCK Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief , Victoria Gomelsky. The adoring standing-room only crowd listened intently as the master talents shared their business acumen. “The setting is incredible, it’s a fantastic mix of artists and we love the educational element that JCK added to the show. When I think of the roster of talent I’ve worked with over the years, Todd Reed and Sarah Graham immediately come to mind when I think of comradery and sharing information. They are both such smart business people and it was a great decision to have them lead us in a fireside chat that created warmth and collaboration,” commented Patti Cogswell, Squash Blossom.

“I thought the show was very clean, put together and that the designers exhibiting were very talented,” said Todd Reed. “JCK pulled together a really awesome group of jewelers. It was good to see everyone,” added Sarah Graham.

Sarah Graham at Fireside Chat

With the theme of design at the forefront of JCK Tucson’s showing, a new hosted retailer program helped to bring in some of the most design-savvy stores in the country, including Squash Blossom, Aaron Faber Gallery, Broadmoor Jewelry Company, Patina Gallery, and I. Gorman. The trip is undoubtedly attractive with multiple jewelry events taking place in the area. JCK, understanding the amount of business there is to do during Tucson Gem Week, has made spa-like features and conveniences—not least of which include transportation between shows, morning hikes and meditation, and s’mores by the fire pit– a large component of its show experience.

Fireside Chat with Todd Reed & Sarah Graham moderated by Victoria Gomelsky

JCK Tucson exhibits continue through the weekend (closing Sunday, February 7 at 4:00 pm) with a roster of synergistic events. Today will feature the UncommonGoods Design Challenge where the three finalists: Ayesha Mayadas, Kurtulan Designs and Majestic Art Jewelry will present to a panel of judges competing for a contract with the design-centric e-tailer. Friday night will include a special screening of the documentary Sharing the Rough, which follows the life of a gemstone, promising a truly unique viewing experience set under the starlit desert sky with a & Q&A with the film’s director following the premiere.

From German Artist Dunne

“In planning for our third edition of JCK Tucson, we formed a Design Advisory Board who could speak to the unique needs of a show in Tucson. Listening to industry icons, we built this special event specifically with the discerning designer in mind,” said Katie Dominesey, Industry Vice President of JCK Events. “We are ecstatic to be able to offer an oasis in Tucson at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa where retailers and designers can connect in a fun, relaxed way”.

German artist Leiss

For more information, visit www.jckonline.com/tucson and follow @jckevents, #JCKTucson.

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February 4, 2016

After a dry year, all you Gem Lovers are getting the news we’ve all been waiting for…Renee Newman Debuts Exotic Gems #4 at the AGTA GemFair Tucson!Exotic Gems, Volume 4: How to Identify, Evaluate and Select Jade & Abalone PearlsThurs. Feb. 4…

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#TucsonGemShow What I Am Looking Forward To Seeing in 2016

January 29, 2016

Sophia By DesignAGTA GemFair Tuscon Booth numbers: 2401-2403in the Tucson Convention Centerin the ballroom located right after the registers when you walk in. Helen Serras-Herman

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#TucsonGemShow #TBT Tucson 2015 – a few of my favorite things….

January 29, 2016

One of my most favorite thing is the new format of the Tucson EZ-Guide: A unique new engagement ring from Lord at the JCK Show:This flirty earring featuring brushed metal as the gem from Sophia By Design:The fabulous woman owned and operated Porin…

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#TucsonGemShow GIA Heats Up 2016 Tucson Shows… Not-to-Miss Opportunities

January 29, 2016
From a Press Release by GIA

GIA Heats Up 2016 Tucson Shows with Not-to-Miss Opportunities
Lab service, exhibits, alumni event, lab classes, seminars and more

GIA will offer a variety of activities at the upcoming 2016 Tucson shows – from a show service laboratory and not-to-miss alumni party to exhibitions and seminars – that will enrich the visitor experience. The Institute will have a presence at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair™, Feb. 2-7, and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (TGMS), Feb. 11-14, both taking place at the Tucson Convention Center.
More information is available on the GIA website at http://www.gia.edu/gem-event-2016-agta-gem-fair-tucson. GIA highlights at the 2016 Tucson shows include:

GIA Show Service Laboratory at AGTA GemFair

Show attendees and exhibitors will have convenient access to gem identification and country-of-origin services through the GIA Show Service Laboratory. GIA will accept gemstones onsite at the AGTA GemFair in the Onyx Suite Mondaythrough Saturday, Feb. 1-6 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Free GIA Seminar
On Friday, Feb. 5 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Mojave Room, GIA’s Distinguished Research Fellow Dr. James Shigley will provide a free seminar on “The Latest News from GIA Research.” This will include an update on the Institute’s latest research on diamonds, colored stones and other timely topics of interest.
GIA Education
GIA will offer one fee-based lab class and two fee-based lecture/labs during the AGTA GemFair™. Pre-registration is required; call GIA admissions at (800) 421 7250 ext. 4001 to register for the seminars, and visit GIA’s  website to register for the lab.
Diamond Grading Lab Class
Monday through Friday, Feb. 1-59 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The lab class will teach how to grade diamonds consistently and accurately using a modern gem microscope and a jeweler’s loupe. Participants study GIA’s Diamond Grading System; explore time-saving shortcuts to determine a variety of grading factors; and are introduced to methods for reading a GIA Diamond Grading Report. Participants must pass a two-stone practical test to complete the class successfully.
Identifying Gemstone Treatments Seminar
Saturday, Feb. 69 to 11 a.m.
A dynamic presentation and a hands-on lab led by GIA instructors will introduce participants to the various treatment processes used in the gemstone market, as well as treatment identification of commercially important gemstones used in jewelry. 
Identifying Diamond Treatments Seminar
Saturday, Feb. 61 to 3 p.m.
A dynamic presentation and hands-on lab led by GIA instructors will present information on the nature and treatment of diamonds, including laser-drilled, fracture-filled, HPHT, irradiation and multiple treatment processes.
GIA Museum Exhibits
GIA’s museum exhibit “Striking Gold!” will help brighten the AGTA GemFair, Feb. 2-7. A number of transparent yellow gem species and varieties on the market, including sapphire, citrine, topaz and more unusual, collector gem minerals will be on view. At TGMS, Feb. 11-14, the museum will feature an exhibition “Mother Nature Sings the Blues,” featuring blue gems and jewelry to coincide with the show’s “Shades of Blue: Minerals of the World” theme.
GIA Library Exhibit
GIA’s library will feature some of its most venerated books in mineralogy and gemology at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, Feb. 11-14. “Providing Access in a Digital World” will give visitors insight into the library’s recent digitization project. In 2015, the Institute embarked on an extenstive project to make many of its rare and historically significant books available online to the public.
Party at the GIA Gem Mine: Arctic Blast
The GIA Alumni Association will have a “blast” in Tucson during its annual auction, dinner and dance party on Friday, Feb. 5 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Marriott University Park Hotel. Ticket prices are $55 prior to Jan. 15; $65 after and at the door. GIA alumni, students and industry friends can click  here to purchase tickets.

GIA at the CAD/CAM Pavilion
GIA’s  Jewelry Manufacturing Arts program is at the forefront of jewelry design education – from 3D printer rapid protoyping and casting to prefinishing, setting and buffing. Throughout the AGTA GemFair, GIA experts will answer questions and discuss a variety of relevant topics, including CAD/CAM, zero-shrinkage from CAD file to photopolymer models to rough castings, jewelry engineering priorities, jewelry design concepts, 3D scanning of gemstones and importing content into CAD files for use in making jewelry, and Quality Assurance Benchmarking criteria when CAD modeling. The ongoing series will take place in the AGTA CAD Design Studio, booth 450 in the Gem Hall.
For more details about the Institute’s offerings at the AGTA GemFair™, visit GIA’s website.

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit www.gia.edu
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#TucsonGemShow ANNOUNCING – Lineup Change at Tucson Mineral Lecture Series 2016 #PuebloGemandMineralShow #PuebloShow

January 4, 2016

Important Announcement 
Tucson Mineral Lecture Series 2016

On behalf of the Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show, Tucson Arizona USA, hosts of the Tucson Mineral Lecture Series 2016, it gives us great pleasure to announce:
The world renowned Peter Lyckberg of Göteborg, Sweden 
will be the first guest speaker on February 2nd 2016

Subject: ” Gem and Crystal Treasures of Afghanistan and Pakistan “

He will be replacing Dr.Raquel Alonso Perez, who had to cancel her participation due to unforeseen circumstances.

Peter Lyckberg found plumbomicrolite at Högsbo, a mineral new to Sweden. In the coming years he found, explored many mineral, ore and pegmatite deposits, first in Scandinavia, followed by the rest of Europe, USA, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia-Oceania.

Consultant for the Swedish Geological Survey regarding 40 ancient deposits of silver, gold, Mn deposits in Dalsland and Värmland counties where he had spent summers locating them in the deep forests…drilling, mining and publishing took place later based on his original exploration and information. In 1977 and 1981 he published his first reports on pegmatite deposits and found giant topaz crystals to 80 kg, large beryl to 1 m, schorl tourmaline crystals to 3 m long in Sweden.

Peter studied Civil engineering at the Chalmers University of Technology which included research work during some years at the Yxsjöberg Scheelite-Cu deposit, and extensive studies of the Malmberget Magnetite deposit in N Sweden where some unique pockets of gem quality golden calcite was discovered. In 1997 he started research with two other Universities but at the end of the year moved from Sweden.

His geological studies continued in various parts of the world including the gem deposits of California, Maine, Minas Gerais and NE Brazil, Namibia, Madagascar, Norway, Finland, Ukraine, Russia, Pakistan and some 45 other countries. In total around 2500 developed mines and quarries were visited and many more undeveloped deposits and veins. Peter has been an active lecturer since 1985 leading many field expeditions and been a long time member of the editorial board of several mineralogical journals including Mineralien Welt. His lectures have been conducted primarily in Swedish, Norwegian, English, German, French and Russian languages.

A new father, Peter was the first non local to explore the mines at high altitude in the Haramosh Mountains, Pakistan where aquamarine, topaz, schorl is mined for specimens of exceptional beauty. He has been advisor in the study and development-mining of many gem deposits and in engineering fields, it was, for instance, he who suggested a large scale operation in Braldu Valley Pakistan where later the finest aquamarine group was found on matrix now in the MIM Museum in Lebanon.

His achievements and contributions to the world of gems and minerals if listed here will require several pages.

We know you will enjoy and be enlightened by his presentation .

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#TucsonGemShow Fine Mineral Shows Announces Special Events for Westward Look Show

December 20, 2015

Fine Mineral Shows announces their special events for this year’s 15th Annual Westward Look Show (February 5-8):Saturday “Collector Day”, February 6th in the lobby of the Westward Look Resort from 10am to 4pm with Featured…

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#AGTA #SpectrumAward Winners – Best of… Category

December 12, 2015

As you may know, the AGTA Spectrum Award winners have their winning pieces on display at the AGTA GemFair Tucson…so stop in to see these beauties close up!Best of Show and 1st PlaceCarvingAllen KleimanA. Kleiman & Co.San Francisco, CASuite of Par…

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