A very select few were able to view this glorious documentary in Tucson that follows a gem from mine to market - now more should be able to see it in their area...just received a Press Release from company representatives

American Gem Society and Jewelers Mutual 
Take “Sharing the Rough” Documentary 
on Cross-Country Tour

The American Gem Society (AGS) announces a unique collaboration with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company (JM) in bringing Orin Mazzoni’s new documentary film, “Sharing The Rough,” to the public across the country in a series of exclusive screenings beginning early September 2015. 

This unique and evocative film documents the never-before-captured journey of a colored gemstone as it travels from mine to market, while also sensitively exploring the challenges and opportunities of an emerging mining economy in East Africa. Co-hosted by the AGS, JM and local AGS Guilds, the private and public screenings are spanning from the East to West Coasts starting in September and running through the winter. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A session with a “Sharing the Rough” team member. Additional screening dates are available and can be scheduled by contacting local AGS Guild leadership.

"We are excited to make this inspiring film available for viewing in local markets around the country,” says Ruth Batson, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. “The film features the designer, Mark Schneider, as well as the cutter, Roger Dery, both members of the AGS. Having access to the rich, visual imagery of the mine-to-market journey of a gemstone is sure to inspire consumers and gemologists alike, revitalizing our genuine affection and admiration for Mother Nature’s most highly acclaimed treasures.”

The 85 minute film has won a number of awards at film festivals around the globe and creatively explores the stories of individual artisans throughout the supply chain, from miners to cutters to jewelry designers. The director, Orin Mazzoni, himself hails from a third generation family jewelry business, and they are also long-standing AGS members. “Sharing the Rough” is his feature directorial debut, and has proved to be a perfect melding of his two passions: gemology and filmmaking.

“The film truly embodies our mutual passion for jewelry,” said Trina Woldt, Chief Marketing Officer at Jewelers Mutual of the collaboration with AGS and Mazzoni. “History is important to jewelry owners and the story behind the jewelry is what makes no two pieces alike. Those who see Orin’s film will look at their jewelry in a whole new light.”

For more information regarding “Sharing The Rough” or the screening schedule, visit www.sharingtherough.com


This just in from Aisha Jan, "Dates Are Confirmed for the Tucson Mineral Lecture Series 2016"

Well Aisha it looks like another program of interesting information - See you there!

To be held on the evenings of ...
Tuesday February 2nd & Friday February 5th 2016
In the courtyard of The International Fine Mineral Building at the Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show, located at the Riverpark Inn Tucson, Arizona. USA.

List of Guest Speakers:

Dr. Raquel Alonso-Perez. Curator
Harvard University Mineralogical & Geological Museum, 
Cambridge. USA.

Alan D. Hart FGA DGA , Curator
Natural History Museum, 
London. United Kingdom

Dr. Cristiano Ferraris, Curator 
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France.


Federico Barlocher, 
Mogok. Myanmar.

Reception (refreshments served): 6.30 pm-7.30 pm.

1st Guest Speaker: 7.45 pm-8.25 pm
2nd Guest Speaker: 8.35 pm-9.20 pm

Door Prize Drawings: 9.30 pm-9.45 pm



#TucsonGemShow The Varied World of the Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show at the Hotel City Center

February 25, 2015

This is one of those shows that I recommend to people who have a limited amount of time in Tucson (the other is the Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show at the Riverpark Inn).  Both of these shows have everything from Fossils to Finished Jewelry – at var…

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#SilentSunday Hotcakes at To Bead True Blue #TBTB #DesignerSpotlight

February 15, 2015

HOTCAKES DESIGNWebsite:     http://www.hotcakesdesign.comFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hotcakes-Design-Jewelry/253535638309Shop at FAVOR:  http://www.shopatfavor.com

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2015 Mineral Lectures – Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show – Night 2

February 15, 2015
Our hosts Maury & Aisha introduced the speakers and handed out gifts during the breaks
Thank you to the vendors that so generously donated items for the giveaways

7:15 – 7:50 pm

 Dr. Don Lum

“Minerals I have Known and Loved”

This talk from Dr. Lum was so much fun – yes he walked us through his mineral collection but who expected such a great sense of humor?   …and his collection is varied and filled with important and beautiful minerals.

Following is a small sampling – the balance can be seen on the Fabre “Friends of Minerals” Forum:  http://mineral-forum.com/message-board

8:00 – 8:30 pm

Peter Megaw

“An Explorer’s Mineralogical  Adventures 

  in Famous Mexican Localities”

Peter Megaw took what could have been a so-so lecture to a much higher level with humor and some really fun old photos – his opener was great.

The children are very friendly and when you ask about their parents they might take you to a mine sight or a pot field (it went on – I won’t).  He discussed the minerals in several locations – St. Eulalia, Naica and the Fresnillo Trend.  The gasps were audible when he went through his photos of Naica and the Cave of Giants!

8:40 – 9:15 pm

Federico Barlocher

FILM: “Namak Mandi Peshawar Pakistan:  
The Mysteries & Secrets of the Legendary 

Gem Crystal Market 
Never Seen By The Public Before”

The indomitable Federico Barlocher has talked his way into the mines and markets of the Mogok Valley and the markets of Chantiburi in Thailand and now he introduces us to the market and miners of Peshawar Pakistan.

We know the gems and crystals from the area are amazing but have you seen the manner in which a deal is made?  the vaults that hold bag after bag of gem rough?  …as usual it was a whirlwind tour!  Bravo Federico! 

Under that towel they are bidding

When in Rome….
Then that important piece came in! …in need of some clean up!

It was sent to Dr. Pezzotta for the professional touch

I wish I could remember the name of this beauty – The Empress of Pakistan?

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JCK Tucson Successfully Closes Out Year 2 at Tucson Gem Week #JCKTucson

February 13, 2015

Press Release via JCK EventsJCK Tucson Successfully Closes Out Year 2 at Tucson Gem Weeks                   Networking Events, Amenities, and Strong Designer Talent Draw New Retailers JCK Tucson wr…

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#TucsonGemShow 2015 Mineral Lectures – First Night SRO!

February 10, 2015

It was a gorgeous evening this weather is cooperating beautifully – the Riverpark In set a lovely spread of wine, cheeses, fruit and crackers and the tent filled quickly…There was overflow in the back and along the side…7:15 – 7:50 pm John S. …

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#DesignerSpotlight Alishan’s Medieval Game is ON! #

February 8, 2015

You can always count on Alishan to bring the NEW His booth along the Designer Aisle at JCK Upstairs is filled with some really fun pieces bordering on the Medieval from Mask themes to Sword and Shield themes…JCK Tucson – Starr Pass – L18

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#Spotlight – Rocksaholics ROCKING the Aquas!!! #TucsonGemShow

February 7, 2015

We all know Rocksaholics for their amazing Tourmalines & Pakistani Mineralsbut this is the year of the Aquamarines in their Pueblo Gem Show Room!Riverpark Inn  International Mineral Bldg.   Room 170

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February 6, 2015

After checking in at JCK you walk the aisle of some of your favorite Designers (Alishan, Heston, etc) and Emerging Designers as well as a fabulous room dedicated to German Designers!This is a quick walk through the Upstairs Exhibitors at JCK Tucson…J…

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