#TucsonGemShow – AGTA GemFair Ups The Foodie Quotient With Food Trucks

January 28, 2014

   

 EAT GREAT FOOD

Satisfy Your Appetite with the New and Improved Food Options at AGTA GemFair™ Tucson

 

This year make sure to check out our revived food court area featuring the best food trucks that Tucson has to offer! This year’s outdoor eating area sets the perfect ambiance to eat, socialize and relax from all of your shopping!
Take a look at our great options:

GemHall Floor

Aramark Cart Concepts

Sushi

  

Aramark Cart Concepts
Indian – Tikka Masala, Aloo Gobi,
Saag Paneer, etc.
  



5th Street Deli Kosher

Outdoor Food Trucks

 
Cheesy Rider
Gourmet Grilled Cheese


Chef’s Kitchen
Cajun Classics including Étouffée and Po Boys


DC Jumbie
Caribbean favorites including hot pressed Cuban Sandwiches, Roasted Pork, Fried Plantains (sweet and savory), Pigeon Peas with Puerto Rican Rice


Dragoon
Gourmet Burgers: Beef, Chicken and Salmon 
Dragoon Gourmet Burgers
Gema Tacos and Burritos
Mexican: local Tucson favorites including Carne Asada and Sonoran Dogs

Greek Patio
Gyros, Greek Salad and Baklava


Hellfire Pizza Company
Gourmet Pizza

U-Concessions
Napa Valley Noodles, Indian Fry Bread, Italian Sausage, Brats, Chicken Tenders and French Fries


Western Smoke
Santa Anna style TRITIP sandwiches and wraps

 

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#TucsonGemShow – JCK Tucson Part 2 – A Glance At The Goods!

January 26, 2014

In Part One – we discussed JCK Tucson – “the new kid in the desert” and gave all the where, when and even how to get there.  In Part Two it is all about the “WHAT” – what will you see at JCK Tucson?  …lets take a quick look at who is showing and some of the great products being presented…I am going to try to highlight one or two vendors within each of the show areas – there are many more Exhibitors than I have room for in this blog!

So lets take a walk on the showroom floor…if you are familiar with other JCK Events the setup will feel familiar.  There is a LUXURY area, a separate Design Center featuring some very elite up and coming brands and there are rooms that will hold either specific brands or themes…let’s start with one of those rooms.

Peter Schmid for Atelier Zobel
in the San Pedro Room – a definite European flair:


       “The people who wear our jewellery stand out from the crowd, like a great smile.”

– Peter Schmid
Attraction: Passion: Power – On the shores of Lake Constance, Peter Schmid and the renowned Atelier Zobel team explore and extend the Goldsmith’s craft. Our vocation is to create truly distinctive pieces: jewelry for lovers, for friends, for families. We work for discerning individuals and collectors who value the beauty of the contemporary, yet think beyond the present.  

Each piece is unique in its composition of materials and forms. 
Meteorite, ancient ceramics, petrified pinecones; extraordinary gems carefully selected and artfully designed by world-class stone-setters; Sculptural gold and oxidized silver forms created by Peter Schmid. 
See more of Schmid’s work in their online gallery
Gasia in Booth 69:
BA Gold in Booth 114:


EFFY Jewelry in Booth 212:



Supreme Jewelry Group in Booth 220:

The Supreme Jewelry Collection is a key resource for the finest jewelry retailers. Supreme’s collections are impeccably crafted and comprised of an award-winning bridal line, pendants, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, all available in 18K, 14K white, yellow, colored golds, as well as platinum and blackened rhodium. Supreme Jewelry: Contemporary yet timeless.

DABAKAROV in Booth 304:

A family and a business. Two generations involved in the creation and production of beautifully designed and exquisitely made gold and precious stone jewelry.

Henri Daussi in Booth 313:


From rough diamonds to exceptional jewelry, Henri Daussi is proud to be known as one of Europe’s premier diamond cutters and designers of fine jewelry. Cutting the world’s most brilliant diamonds and creating only the finest jewelry has forever been a Loots family tradition.   www.henridaussi.com


ARSLEV in Booth 502:

ARSLEV is a Californian based company established by Danish couple Katja & Kasper Markussen. ARSLEV sell & market Danish Designed Jewelry in North America! Check their website to see the range and artists they are currently showing… http://arslev.com
Check back soon – in Part 3  we will check out the Designers and Artisans that made it into this year’s Design Center at JCK Tucson.
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#TucsonGemShow – Erica Courtney Introduces NEW Gem Division

January 17, 2014
ERICA COURTNEY, INC. LAUNCHES THE COURTNEY COLLECTION, 
A NEW DIVISION FOCUSED ON GEMSTONES
Los Angeles-based luxury jewelry company, Erica Courtney, Inc. today announced the launch of The Courtney Collection®, a new division of the company that will focus on collectible, rare and interesting gemstones. The company will also be the official authorized North American distributor of Csarite™, a rare, natural, color-change gemstone.
Erica Courtney will serve as President and Adam Graham as CEO for both divisions.
“I’ve been collecting fabulous gemstones for my clients and myself for years, so it just seemed like a natural transition to become a colored gemstone dealer,” said Erica Courtney. “I love the magic of colored gemstones, especially the few gems that exhibit a unique personality and beautiful energy.”


The Courtney Collection was recently honored with a 2014 AGTA Spectrum Cutting Edge Award, winning second place in the “Phenomenal Gemstones” category for an 88.49ct. pear shape color-change Csarite. The AGTA Spectrum Awards is considered the world’s premier jewelry and gemstone competition, consisting of a judging panel of highly esteemed experts within the jewelry industry.
The Courtney Collection will be exhibiting at the GJX Gem & Jewelry Show at booth #2206, and the AGTA GemFair at booth #1606, in Tucson, AZ, February 4-9. For more information, please visit our website at www.courtneygemcollection.com.
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#TucsonGemShow – GIA Offers Lab Service, Seminars and Courses Toward Your GG

January 16, 2014

GIA Enhances Visitor Experience at Tucson 2014 Shows
Institute to host classes; offer lab service, seminars and more
GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will offer special laboratory services, gem and jewelry seminars, classes and more during the annual Tucson gem shows. The Institute’s show offerings will be at the Tucson Convention Center during the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair™, Feb. 4-9, and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, Feb. 13-16.
Two free seminars will explore recent gemological discoveries and research, and the Museum of London’s extraordinary Cheapside Hoard exhibit. The Institute will also offer two lab classes – colored stone grading and pearl grading – and two fee-based seminars – identifying synthetic diamonds and identifying diamond treatments. The GIA Alumni Association will sponsor its annual dinner, auction and dance event, “Party at the GIA Gem Mine,” onFeb. 7 at the Marriott University Park Hotel.
More information, including registration, is available on the GIA website at http://www.gia.edu/gem-event-agta-gemfair-020414.  
GIA’s highlights at the 2014 Tucson shows include:
GIA Museum Exhibit
Attendees of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, Feb. 13-16, will have the opportunity to preview pieces from the Institute’s spring 2014 Carlsbad exhibit, “Gems & Gemology 80th Anniversary.” Pieces featured on three different covers of the Institute’s award-winning scientific quarterly journal, will be on display along with their cover:
Winter 1988. These intense rubellites (ring 13.8 ct; necklace 18.5 ct) are from the Queen Mine, San Diego County, CA. Designed by Jeanne Larson. Courtesy of The Collector Fallbrook, CA; Photo Harold & Erica Van Pelt.

Summer 2006. Colombian emerald and diamond necklace with matching earrings designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. in the 1950’s. The three large emeralds in the necklace are 6.65-7.41 ct; the emeralds in the earrings are 3.27 and 4.03 ct. Courtesy of a private collector; Photo Harold & Erica Van Pelt.

Summer 2008.  A selection of topaz jewelry and loose faceted stones from the GIA collection. The Belle Époque platinum corsage ornament features a 39.80 ct pink topaz and diamonds. The 9.36 ct blue, 11.39 ct blue and 14.47 ct pink topaz are from the Dr. Edward J. Gübelin Collection. The 11.54 ct blue topaz and sapphire ring set in 18K gold is a gift of Jacques Prades. Gift of Stephen and Eileen Silver, S.H. Silver Co; Photo Harold & Erica Van Pelt.
GIA Show Service Laboratory at AGTA GemFair
Show attendees will have convenient access to gem identification and country-of-origin services through the GIA Show Service Laboratory. Seasoned GIA gemologists will accept gemstones onsite at the AGTA GemFair in the Onyx Suite Monday through Saturday, Feb. 3-8 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.; andSunday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free GIA Seminars
Magnificent Jewels of Cheapside Hoard
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1 to 2 p.m.
Robert Weldon, GIA’s manager of photography and visual communications and a noted expert on colored gems, will describe his quest to photograph and document the historically significant treasures of the Museum of London’s Cheapside Hoard. The unrivaled collection of nearly 500 gems and jewelry pieces – believed to have been buried in London in the seventeenth century and undisturbed until 1912 – offer a unique glimpse of Renaissance jewelry.
The Latest News from GIA Research
Friday, Feb. 7, 9 to 10 a.m.
GIA’s Distinguished Research Fellow Dr. James Shigley will provide an update on the Institute’s latest research developments on diamonds, colored stones and other timely topics of interest.
GIA EDUCATION:
GIA will offer two lab classes and two seminars 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 classes.
Colored Stone Grading Lab Class
Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 4-69 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Students will develop skills in grading the color, clarity and cut quality of a wide range of colored stones. They will also Learn the GIA Colored Stone Grading System and how to describe color by hue, tone and saturation; Judge gem quality factors; Improve the consistency and accuracy of colored stone grading skills; and learn about the relationship between light and color and develop color memory.
Pearl Grading Lab Class
Friday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Students will discover how the world’s foremost experts determine the quality of akoya, freshwater, South Sea and Tahitian pearls. They will also learn GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™ by training with a member of the Institute’s internationally respected team of instructors; and learn how to evaluate freshwater and cultured pearls in order to increase sales and promote the relationship between beauty, value and quality in your merchandise.
Identifying Synthetic Diamonds
Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 to 11 a.m.
Through a combination of lecture and hands-on lab using a microscope, students will learn how to identify HPHT-grown synthetic diamonds and separate them from natural diamond. They will also gain greater insight into the identification of CVD-grown synthetic diamond, and learn how to easily separate synthetic moissanite and synthetic cubic zirconia from diamond.
Identifying Diamond Treatments
Saturday, Feb. 8, 1 to 3 p.m.
Students will learn about the most important diamond treatment processes currently used in the gemstone market. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on lab with a microscope, the class covers the nature and treatment identification of diamonds including, laser drilled, fracture filled, HPHT, irradiation, and multiple treatment processes. Students will also learn to separate laser manufacturing remnants from treatments.

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 Tucson, 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 at booth # 450 in the CAD Design Studio, located in the Gem Hall.
Party at the GIA Gem Mine
The GIA Alumni Association’s annual auction, dinner and dance event is on Friday, Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Marriott University Park Hotel. Ticket prices are $50 prior to Jan. 17; $65 after and at the door. Attendees can click here to purchase tickets.
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, Cut, Clarity 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 – JCK – The New Kid In The Desert Part One

January 10, 2014


This year JCK Tucson opens the doors to its inaugural at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, a AAA 4-Diamond property, hosting 120 exhibitors, featuring luxury, silver, fashion, bridal, designers and welcoming over 3,000 buyers from around the globe.  

http://tucson.jckonline.com/

Photos are of the hotel and property of the JW Marriott Tucson  
Daily themes will highlight each product category, and which Show Specials will be offered.This is a great way to plan you days in Tucson – the daily themes are:

Sunday, February 2
               3:00 PM – SuperBowl JCK Kick-Off

               Salud Terrace

Monday, February 3
               THEME: FINISHED JEWELRY

               Shop the finished jewelry themed days for the ideal bookends to your week in 

               Tucson—uncover new lines and explore the latest trends to complete your shopping
               experience

Tuesday, February 4
               THEME: FASHION JEWELRY

               Discover the latest trends and affordable collections as colors, textures, and new
               materials are brought to life by our exhibitors presenting fashion jewelry products.

Wednesday, February 5
               THEME: SILVER

               Find an array of fine silver jewelry, accessories and more as we bring one of the 
               most popular areas on the JCK Las Vegas show floor to Tucson.
Thursday, February 6 (two themes)
               THEME: DESIGN

               From ornate products and new techniques to custom pieces and twists on classic 
               styles—JCK Tucson’s designers are sure to provide you with an assortment of 
               collections that will entice even the most unique customer.

               THEME: LUXURY               Every day, shop luxury for high-end jewelry designers and well-known brands 

               whose collections, elegance, and craftsmanship are sure to exceed all expectations.

Friday, February 7
               THEME: BRIDAL

               The cornerstone of every store—bridal products at JCK Tucson offer a wide 

               selection of both the latest trends and classics in engagement sets, wedding bands, 
               and semi-mounts, at all price points to present your customers with the perfect 
               pieces for that special time in their lives.

Saturday, February 8
               THEME: FINISHED JEWELRY

               Shop our finished jewelry themed days for the ideal bookends to your week in 

               Tucson—uncover new lines and explore the latest trends to complete your shopping 
                experience.
Pre-registered buyers including Ben Bridge Jewelers, Seattle, WA, Pave Fine Jewelry, Oakland, CA, Reeds Jewelers, Wilmington, NC, Jewelry By Design, Woodbridge, VA, and Hamra Jewelers, Scottsdale, AZ, to name a few, are getting ready to see the newest products as seasoned JCK and LUXURY exhibitors are abuzz with excitement for the launch of the new show!


If you aren’t staying at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort there are some really great events that JCK has added to the schedule…brilliant opportunities to escape the crazy hectic pace of the shows…each day head out and join these easy startups and wind downs.


Start your day with…
6:30 AM – Southwest Trekking Hiking Tour of Sonora Desert
Leave from JW Marriott Starr Pass lobby

7:00 AM – Mitakuye Oyasin Morning Ritual
Salud Terrace
Begin your day by reflecting on the connection we all have with nature and each other, finding focus and creating lasting memories. In a ritual that is centuries old, you will have the opportunity to make your intentions known to the universe through the traditional burning of sage.

…and wind down while making new friends!
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – JCK Happy Hour
Salud Terrace

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – The Legend of Arriba Arajo – Tequila Toast
Salud Terrace
This is the perfect way to celebrate with old friends and create new ones – “we are all related.”

Along with all the Fabulous Exhibitors – there are several Industry support companies at JCK Tucson – from the American Gem Society and Jewelers Mutual Insurance to Jewelers for Children.




Qualifications for Registration


JCK IS OPEN TO ALL JEWELRY INDUSTRY TRADE PROFESSIONALS

  • If your company has been approved to attend a JCK event (JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY, JCK Toronto, LUXURY Privé New York, LUXURY Privé Panama) within the last 3 years you will be automatically approved.
  • If this is your first time attending or your company has changed, we request that you provide the additional information listed below.

If you do not meet the above qualifications, you must provide the following:

  • Copy of your business license or sales tax certificate
  • Copies of itemized invoices from two different suppliers of finished jewelry or jewelry related products within the past year

…and last but not least – Getting There!
JCK Tucson will be providing shuttle service to three key locations:
           Downtown Tucson – Palo Verde – AGTA GemFair
Visit the other 38 shows or just find a great bar or restaurant Downtown! Shuttles will run ever 30 minutes beginning at 8:30 am, the last shuttle leaves the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort at 6:00 pm.

Shuttle Stops Include:

Downtown Tucson                                      Palo Verde Simpson Street                                                Michigan Street

                                                                            Tucson Expo CenterAGTA GemFair- Tucson Conv. Ctr 

Look for Part Two where we take a look at some of the amazing brands at JCK Tucson.
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#tucsongemshow – The Westward Look Fine Mineral Show

January 10, 2014

The Westward Look Show is in its 13th year!! With Al and Sue Liebetrau as “Collector of the Day” showing their award-winning collection in the lobby of the resort on Saturday, February 8th, 2014. On Sunday, February 9th their annual Sunday Evening Prog…

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#TucsonGemShow – Top 5 FAQs and General Information

January 7, 2014

# 1Misnomer – How do I register for the Tucson Gem Show?You don’t – the Tucson Gem Show is actually just under 40 individual shows at different venues throughout the City of Tucson during the same two week period at the end of January through the begin…

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#TucsonGemShow – 2014 Tucson: Garan Bedagio – Two Shows – Two Locations

December 20, 2013

2014 Tucson: Two Shows – Two Locations

To Bead True Blue Doubletree Reid Park is now 9 days, February 2 through 10, 2014, Sunday through Monday, 10am to 6pm. Find the exhibitor list here and workshop list here.
The Tucson Bead Show Windmill Inn is February 4 through 9, 10am to 6pm, and has expanded with new bead makers, jewelry artists, designers, and gem cutters, as well as new workshops. Find the exhibitor list here and workshop list here.
Each show has its own individual exhibitor list and selection of artisan booths, galleries, merchant displays, wholesalers, dealers, and designers, carefully selected for quality and originality.
The workshops offered at both shows are the largest presentation of themes anywhere, and include 550 classes never taught before.
Workshops include hands-on techniques and classes, including “Resin Alchemy”, “Fold Formed Bracelet”, “Leather Band Rings”, and “Romantic French Cuff”.
Complimentary online pre-registration is quick and easy –register for To Bead True Blue –andregister for The Tucson Bead Show.
The special attendee hotel room rates fill-up quickly. Click here for accommodations.
info@beadagio.com | (530) 274-2222
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#TucsonGemShow – MJSA "At the Bench Live" Seminars for 2014 AGTA GemFair Tucson

November 29, 2013


MJSA Announces Popular  “At the Bench Live” Seminars for 2014 AGTA GemFair Tucson


MJSA, the trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, will again present its signature At the Bench Live demonstrations at the 2014 AGTA GemFair Tucson. The sessions—which will cover topics ranging from working with currently fashionable gems and metals to new setting techniques—will run twice daily Feb. 4-7 in GemFair’s Tools, Technology, and Supplies Pavilion. In addition, related articles from MJSA Journal, the association’s flagship monthly magazine, will be distributed at each session.

The sessions are sponsored by the American Gem Trade Association, and the Bench and Tool Sponsor is the Jewelry Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 


February 4
Mixing and Matching Gemstones with Fashionable Colors:
What Bench Jewelers Need to Know
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Presenter: Arthur Anton Skuratowicz

Placid Blue, Violet Tulip, Cayenne… The Pantone colors announced for 2014 offer a mix of soft pastels and vivid brights—but how will that translate to gemstones? Learn which gems will complement the year’s hot colors, how to pair multiple stones for maximum effect, and—just as important—how to best work with them to avoid breakage, chipping, and other shop disasters.
Arthur Skuratowicz, a co-founder of the Jewelry Training Center (JTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he serves as director of education. He was the first instructor at the Gemological Institute of America to teach both gemology and jewelry manufacturing arts, and at JTC he combines training in Old World craftsmanship with modern business practices, including pricing, costing, and management. He and his wife, Julie Nash, are co-authors of Working with Gemstones: A Bench Jeweler’s Guide (MJSA Press). For more about Arthur, go tohttp://www.jewelrytrainingcenter.com.

Rivets, Screws, & Cold Connections, Oh My
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Presenter: Arthur Anton Skuratowicz

When assembling jewelry parts, solder is not your only option: Wire rivets, tubes, screws, and other “cold” connectors can not only safely secure parts, but also serve as creative embellishments in their own right. Learn how to make the needed tools and supplies—from decorative screws and rivets to inconspicuous shims—and then use them to connect parts efficiently.


Arthur Skuratowicz, a co-founder of the Jewelry Training Center (JTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he serves as director of education. He was the first instructor at the Gemological Institute of America to teach both gemology and jewelry manufacturing arts, and at JTC he combines training in Old World craftsmanship with modern business practices, including pricing, costing, and management. He and his wife, Julie Nash, are co-authors of Working with Gemstones: A Bench Jeweler’s Guide (MJSA Press). For more about Arthur, go tohttp://www.jewelrytrainingcenter.com.

February 5


Sizing Up and Down: How to Shorten Times and Improve Quality
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Presenter: Arthur Anton Skuratowicz

Sizing a ring is one of the most common requests of a bench jeweler—and, if done efficiently, can also become one of the most profitable. Learn how to sequence jobs, join many types of metals cleanly and securely, and finish each joint to achieve a strong, secure bond with minimum time and effort.


Arthur Skuratowicz, a co-founder of the Jewelry Training Center (JTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he serves as director of education. He was the first instructor at the Gemological Institute of America to teach both gemology and jewelry manufacturing arts, and at JTC he combines training in Old World craftsmanship with modern business practices, including pricing, costing, and management. He and his wife, Julie Nash, are co-authors of Working with Gemstones: A Bench Jeweler’s Guide (MJSA Press). For more about Arthur, go tohttp://www.jewelrytrainingcenter.com.

The Pros and Cons of Dovetail Joints When Sizing a Ring
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Presenter: Arthur Anton Skuratowicz

While butt joints may be most frequently used in ring sizing, dovetail joints have their place—and, in some cases, may be preferable, given the added support they provide. Learn the instances when a dovetail should and shouldn’t be used, its various forms (not all dovetails are the same), and the various techniques that will save time and produce a superior joint.

Arthur Skuratowicz, a co-founder of the Jewelry Training Center (JTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he serves as director of education. He was the first instructor at the Gemological Institute of America to teach both gemology and jewelry manufacturing arts, and at JTC he combines training in Old World craftsmanship with modern business practices, including pricing, costing, and management. He and his wife, Julie Nash, are co-authors of Working with Gemstones: A Bench Jeweler’s Guide (MJSA Press). For more about Arthur, go tohttp://www.jewelrytrainingcenter.com.

February 6
New Techniques for Setting Princess-Cut Diamonds
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Presenter: Joel McFadden

Princess-cut diamonds are among the most popular styles favored by consumers, but their sharp edges must be protected: Too much stress from the setting, and they could easily become damaged. Joel McFadden will demonstrate a new technique he developed that simplifies the setting process and ensures the stone’s points remain unharmed.


Joel McFadden, an award-winning designer and owner of Joel McFadden Designs, a custom design jewelry boutique in Red Bank, New Jersey. A third-generation jeweler,he is one of the most experienced diamond setters in the United States, and has given training courses to other jewelers throughout the country. His work is frequently featured in trade journals (including MJSA Journal). For more about Joel, go to http://www.jmdjewelry.com.

Belly Busters: Strategies for Setting Colored Stones
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Presenter: Joel McFadden

When setting colored stones, jewelers have many factors to consider: The stone’s specific hardness, its durability, and—perhaps most important—its shape: Most colored stones tend to have heavy pavilions (i.e., they’re belly bottomed), and their seats need to reflect that. Learn different strategies for evaluating colored gemstones, as well as techniques for setting a bellied stone in either prongs or bezels, to ensure a tight, secure fit.
Joel McFadden, an award-winning designer and owner of Joel McFadden Designs, a custom design jewelry boutique in Red Bank, New Jersey. A third-generation jeweler,he is one of the most experienced diamond setters in the United States, and has given training courses to other jewelers throughout the country. His work is frequently featured in trade journals (including MJSA Journal). For more about Joel, go to http://www.jmdjewelry.com.

February 7
The “Other” White Metals: Palladium & Tarnish-Resistant Silvers
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Presenter: Jim Dailing

The high costs of precious metals have led jewelers to find new, lower-cost options—and, in the case of white metals, there are several. This presentation will discuss the fabrication and casting characteristics of palladium and the new tarnish-resistant silvers, show how to best work with them, and examine long-term wear and care issues.


Jim Dailing, a graduate of the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, who began his career in metals and jewelry after watching a friend in college cut an opal. He now operates Jim Dailing Designs in Portland, Oregon, specializing in one-of-a-kind custom jewelry and wedding rings. He also teaches workshops and private classes, and consults with jewelry makers and designers on production issues. For more about Jim, go to http://www.jimdailing.com.

Achieving the Perfect Polish
2:30 to 4 p.m.P
resenter: Jim Dailing
Small scratches and surface irregularities can ruin even the most beautifully designed piece of jewelry. See which polishing compounds and wheels will provide the best polish for various metals and surfaces, and learn techniques that will ensure your finished pieces have a shine and finish that sets them apart.


Jim Dailing, a graduate of the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, who began his career in metals and jewelry after watching a friend in college cut an opal. He now operates Jim Dailing Designs in Portland, Oregon, specializing in one-of-a-kind custom jewelry and wedding rings. He also teaches workshops and private classes, and consults with jewelry makers and designers on production issues. For more about Jim, go to http://www.jimdailing.com.
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#TucsonGemShow – AGTA GemFair Tucson – Special Exhibits

November 23, 2013
GemFair Tucson
Special Exhibits

AGTA Celebrates the Spectrum Awards
February 4 – 9           North Wall of Gemhall
Through the Spectrum Awards, the AGTA has been honoring superior talent in gemstone and jewelry design for twenty-seven years. Discover why this competition sets the standard for designers and lapidaries as you view the collection featuring the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ winning selections.

The Cultured Pearl Association of America
Exhibit of Extraordinary Cultured and Natural Pearls

February 4 – 9           GemHall in booth 1900
The CPAA will have on display the 2013-2014 International Pearl Competition winners and presenting the 2014 “Magical Gifts of Nature” a new traveling exhibition of Extraordinary and Incredible Cultured and Natural Pearls.

Smithsonian Institution Special Exhibit
February 4 – 9           GemHall in booth 1800
Each year more than 7,000,000 people visit the Smithsonian Institution to see the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems & Minerals, home of the Hope Diamond and the single largest exhibit hall ever renovated in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. You can see highlights of this fabulous collection at the AGTA GemFair™ on the GemHall floor. Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of our National Treasures and to speak to Jeffrey Post, Ph.D. and Curator of the National Gem Collection.

Somewhere In The Rainbow – A Modern Gem and Jewelry Collection
February 4 – 9           GemHall in booth 1711
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see one of the finest private colored gemstone and jewelry collections in the country. This display is meant to not only showcase the gorgeous gems and the master designers who have crafted finished jewelry for this collection, but most importantly for the mission of Somerwhere In The Rainbow. The goal of the collection is to bring accessible and hands on education and enjoyment of fine colored gems to museums, galleries, gemological organizations, retail stores and facilities dedicated to preserving the rarity and beauty of these minerals, gems and articles of jewelry.
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