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 varied price points.

With its lush green lawns and citrus trees with branches hanging heavy with fruit it is a relaxing sit around the pool that comes with prehistoric friends.





So lets take a quick look:


There are several dealers and displays in the lobby... 
Pu Tzu's The UnCarved Block has a small display.





Then you walk up stairs and there are Gem Sculptures, Gemstone Dealers and an amazing Jewelry Designer along side an Award Winning Gem Cutter/Jewelry Designer 

Angela Conty




Joe Jelks of Horizon Lapidary




Multiple Award Winning Gem Cutter/Jewelry Designer Darryl Alexander



Along the rear parking lot there are several Meteorite dealers





YES!  ...even Geoff Notkin of The Meteorite Men is here!


...a fabulous shell dealer




As with all the Hotel shows dealers set up their room as a showroom....
this is the room of Jordi Fabre Minerals
(photo from the Fabre Mineral Forum)


At one end of the pool there is a room of Fossils and Dino Replicas!
Fossil Fish to Dino Poop!




While outside all manner of prehistoric creature roam the property...




Quite honestly if you don't see it here - you probably don't need it!

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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
TUESDAY:  FEBRUARY 10th 

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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#TucsonGemShow MEET THE DESIGNERS – UPSTAIRS AT JCK! #JCKTucson

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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JCK Tucson – the Main Floor – at the #TucsonGemShow

February 3, 2015

If you’re looking for something Gorgeous – Unique – Elegant – the JCK Tucson HAS IT IN SPADES!!!!Let’s take a walk through the JCK show!LORD Jewelry – Booth 222:No way to capture this display properly – you MUST take time to stop in and say helloto the…

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#AGTA Spectrum’s Cutting Edge Awards for 2015 #TucsonGemShow

February 2, 2015


Cutting Edge Awards


The AGTA Cutting Edge Awards honor excellence and creativity of the lapidary arts, including natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls, carvings, other gem materials and objects of art in U.S. and Canada. A panel of judges will evaluate entries in the Cutting Edge Awards.

The purpose of the Cutting Edge Competition is to celebrate the excellence and creativity of lapidary artists and colored gemstones. 

 Entries may incorporate existing lapidary techniques; however entries in Pairs & Suites, Innovative Faceting, Carving and Objects of Art must reflect unique, new and innovative designs. 

Classic Gemstones will honor excellence in traditional cuts among Ruby, Emerald and Sapphire; Other Faceted Gemstones and Phenomenal Gemstones will also honor traditional cuts in these specific gemstones. The entries in this category will be evaluated on the following qualities: 
1) Quality of Lapidary Work 
2) Technique 
3) Quality/Rarity of Gem Material 
4) Overall Beauty 

Classic Gemstones 

Limited to outstanding examples of ruby, emerald and sapphire with traditional gemstone cutting techniques.



1st Place
Classic Gemstone

Allen Kleiman
A. Kleiman & Co.
San Francisco, CA

20.24 ct. emerald-cut unheated yellow Sapphire.


2nd Place

Classic Gemstone
Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY
19.06 ct. brilliant, step-cut unheated blue Sapphire.



3rd Place
Classic Gemstone
Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY
5.00 ct. oval pink Sapphire.






Honorable Mention
Classic Gemstone

Alan Hackman
Intercolor
New York, NY

38.06 ct. blue Sapphire.






All Other Faceted Gemstones 

Open to outstanding examples of any gemstone that is faceted with traditional gemstone cutting techniques.

1st Place
All Other Faceted

Hemant Phophaliya
AG Color, Inc.
New York, NY

43.96 ct. oval cabochon Tanzanite.



2nd Place
All Other Faceted

Mikola Kukharuk
Nomad’s
New York, NY

12.99 ct. oval mint grossular Garnet.

3rd Place
All Other Faceted

Mikola Kukharuk
Nomad’s
New York, NY

28.21 ct. Imperial Topaz.





Honorable Mention
All Other Faceted

Mikola Kukharuk
Nomad’s
New York, NY

115.48 ct. emerald-cut Heliodor.







Phenomenal Gemstones 

Open to outstanding examples of any phenomenal gemstone (stars, cat’s eyes, opals, etc.) with traditional gemstone cutting techniques.


1st Place
Phenomenal

Robert Shapiro
Robert Shapiro
Madison, WI

Natural split pair of boulder Opals (60.50 ctw.).









Each entry in Pairs & Suites, Innovate Faceting, Carving and Objects of Art will be judged on the following qualities: 

1) Originality of Design 
2) Quality of Lapidary Work 
3) Technique 
4) Quality/Rarity of Gem Material 
5) Overall Beauty 


Pairs & Suites 

Two or more gemstones to be judged as a set.

1st Place
Pairs & Suites

Dalan Hargrave
Geogem-USA
Glenns Ferry, ID

Rhodolite Garnet suite (138.49 ctw.).

2nd Place
Pairs & Suites

Mikola Kukharuk
Nomad’s
New York, NY

Pair of Imperial Topaz (70.14 ctw.).

3rd Place
Pairs & Suites

Hemant Phophaliya
A G Color, Inc.
New York, NY

Fancy pear-shaped Tanzanites.



Honorable Mention
Pairs & Suites

Allen Kleiman
A. Kleiman & Co.
San Francisco, CA

Suite of pear-shaped unheated yellow Sapphires (57.73 ctw.).




Innovative Faceting 

Innovative faceting and lapidary techniques


1st Place
Innovative Faceting

John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
San Jose, CA

63.19 ct. fancy round curprian Tourmaline.

2nd Place
Innovative Faceting

John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
San Jose, CA

67.92 ct. swirling “Nebula” Ametrine.




3rd Place
Innovative Faceting

John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
San Jose, CA

19.43 ct. “Royal Velvet” Tanzanite.







Carving 

Carving of any natural gem material in any style.





1st Place
Carving

Naomi Sarna
Naomi Sarna Designs
New York, NY

“Rose de France” Amethyst carving (1015 ctw.).




2nd Place
Carving

Bernie Benavidez
Master Jewelers
Rochester, MN

“The Eye of Genesis” Opal carving (260 ctw.).


3rd Place
Carving

Darryl Alexander
Nirinjan
Beverly Hills, CA

102 ct. specialy-cut Sunstone.









Objects of Art 

Carvings, bowls, sculpture, intarsia, etc., of gem materials not intended to be worn. These may or may not incorporate metal, wood or other non-gem materials as base, frame or decorative component.

1st Place
Objects of Art

Robyn Dufty
DuftyWeis Opals, Inc.
Maysville, KY

Black Chalcedony perfume bottle with a carved Mexican fire Opal flower stopper (42.30 ctw.) accented with 18K yellow gold.

2nd Place
Objects of Art

Darryl Alexander
Somewhere In The Rainbow
Scottsdale, AZ

18K yellow gold and sterling silver “Doctor’s Orders” featuring black Jade accented with crystal Opal and mammoth Ivory.


3rd Place
Objects of Art

Alishan Halebian
Alishan
Irvine, CA

18K yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver letter opener / dagger featuring fossil walrus Ivory accented with Rubies (6.09 ctw.), Sapphires (3.98 ctw.), white Diamonds (.15 ctw.) and black Diamonds (.75 ctw.).




Honorable Mention
Objects of Art

Adam Ramseyer
Ramstar Designs
Morrison, CO

Sterling silver and 14K gold spacecraft pendant with docking station featuring a 30 ct. fantasy-cut Ametrine accented with Tourmalines, Emeralds, Alexandrites, Lazulites, tsavorite Garnets, Amethysts, Diamonds and Sapphires.



View the Cutting Edge Award Winners along side the 2015 Spectrum Award Winners in the Design Ceneter at the AGTA GemFair.
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