#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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#TucsonGemShow – De-Bunking The Myths…

February 1, 2015

It goes without saying that the Number One Myth is that there is such a thing as the Tucson Gem Show.In actuality the term “Tucson Gem Show” has become a common means of talking about the 40+ Shows that make up the Tucson Jewelry, Gem, Mineral and Foss…

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#TucsonGemShow – Everything You Need to Know for a Fun and Profitable Gem Show!

February 1, 2015

#1:  Just like every shopping excursion – the number one thing is to know what you are looking for!    This not only saves money but it will save you time also….and with sometimes only one weekend to shop this is important!  #2: &…

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#DesignerSpotlight Discover Vivaan at the GJX Show in Tucson…

February 1, 2015

Vivaan at the GJX Show in Tucson…Booth 207VIVAAN – The collection is inspiredby the elements of nature and showcases rose-cut, old mine cut, raw and slice diamonds in a rich palate of vivid color combinations from natural fancy colored diamonds, and …

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#TucsonGemShow Opportunities to "Meet The Authors"!

February 1, 2015

Right on the heels of the release of her first e-book…Renee Newman will be available to signing  for all her books in Tucson at the NAJA Conference on Monday, February 2nd and at the NAJA booth G11 on Friday Feb 6 at 2:30 PM in the Tucson Conven…

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#TucsonGemShow The Show Guide Contoversy…. NOT!

January 31, 2015

Disclaimer:  I work with Brad Hicks and  Xpo Press – the publishers and distributors of the Tucson EZ- Guide.BUT – that being said – I feel that I have an unbiased outlook when people ask for a link to a guide to the shows in Tucson!I will te…

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