#tucsongemshow – What’s Hot In Tucson 2013 NOW Shipping!!!

September 5, 2013

Yes – it’s TRUE – the two elder statesmen of the Mineral Industry are BACK directed and filmed by that Swoboda kid….What’s Hot In Tucson is ready for distribution!!!!  if you missed any of the Mineral shows or just wish to learn more about Gems …

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September 2, 2013

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is pleased to announce that it will award an ACE© It Appraisal Conference Scholarship to a deserving gemology student.  NAJA invites GIA, FGA, FGAA, FGG, FCGmA, RGA students to apply for this scholarship for the 41st Annual ACE© It Winter Educational Conference scheduled on February 2 – 3, 2014 in Tucson AZ.

This opportunity gives the gemology student a firsthand experience of networking with appraisal professionals by attending the highly regarded NAJA educational experience during a time when Tucson devotes itself to gems, jewelry, and minerals.  The scholarship, which covers the conference fee only, requires a resume, photo and an essay explaining the reason why the gemology student would choose to become a gems and jewelry appraiser.   NAJA believes that becoming a gems and jewelry professional appraiser is a viable career option for gemological students.

Applications can be obtained through the NAJA website, www.NAJAappraisers.com,or by a faxed request to NAJA headquarters at 718.997.9057.    Deadline for submission is November 1, 2013 and the final selection by the NAJA Scholarship Advisory Board will be announced December 1, 2013.

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers is the largest membership association specializing exclusively in gem and jewelry appraising and related appraisal issues.  It offers education and networking opportunities with knowledgeable appraisal professionals.  For further information, contact Gail Brett Levine, GG, Executive Director, The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers,   P. O. Box 18, Rego Park, NY 11374, 718.896.1536  fax 718.997.9057, naja.appraisers@netzero.net,  www.NAJAappraisers.com

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Tucson 2014 – The Countdown Is ON!!!

August 24, 2013

As you know – I tend to start counting down about the time that my deposit is accepted for our Housing…Well – It is ON!!!The AGTA is accepting registrations…There is a NEW show in town – JCK Events will be operating the High End Jewelry Show at Sta…

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JCK Events To Operate The High End Jewelry Show At Starr Pass Marriott

May 31, 2013
JCK Events Expands Domestic Footprint in Tucson

JCK Events announced today that it will enter the Tucson market by transforming the B2B G.L.D.A. Tucson Show, bringing a new opportunity for buying, networking, and learning to the broader jewelry industry.  The new JCK Tucson show is held at the JW Marriot Starr Pass Resort, a 4-Diamond mountaintop retreat, and Tucson’s best, during the Tucson Jewelry Weeks.  Covering finished fine jewelry, and featuring both luxury and design areas within the show, it is a fitting addition to JCK’s portfolio and one which will augment its position as the leader in finished fine jewelry shows. 

The new JCK Tucson show will take place February 3-8, 2014.

The G.L.D.A. Show (The Gem & Lapidary Dealers Association) has been an established wholesale gem & jewelry show that focuses on finished fine jewelry, a compliment to the surrounding B2B offerings in Tucson (AGTA and GJX) that thousands of suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers take advantage of.   

“JCK Tucson will cover the finished fine jewelry segment and feature luxury and design exhibitors, which will provide a new opportunity for exhibitors within the built in audience, already visiting Tucson,” says JCK’s Yancy Weinrich.  “The JW Marriott Starr Pass provides an opulent setting and environment for both exhibiting and networking beyond the show floor – with the outdoor patios, mountainous backdrop, golf course and spa; it is the place to stay while in Tucson.”

For more information about the qualification process for exhibiting please contact John Tierney at jtierney@reedexpo.com.

About JCK:
JCK is a trusted partner connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education and partners to build business. Whether attending face-to-face events, building inventory with online and onsite sourcing or obtaining authoritative news and insights from JCK, the leading industry magazine in print & online, JCK offers a suite of tools, events and information to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities and essential information. Mark your calendars as JCK Events presents its portfolio of upcoming buying opportunities:

        LUXURYand Elite Enclave: May 28 – 30, 2013, by invitation only, and then continues as the events open their doors to all JCK retailers May 31- June 3, 2013 – Four Seasons, THEhotel, Mandalay Bay

        Swiss Watch: May 31 –  June 3, 2013 – THEhotel, Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental

        JCK Las Vegas: May 31 – June 3, 2013 – Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

        LUXURY Privé New York: July 29 – 31, 2013 – New York, The Pierre Hotel, Fifth Avenue

LUXURY Privé Panama: August 26 – 28, 2013 – Panama City, Panama, Westin Playa Bonita

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#TucsonGemShow – Tucson Check In

February 12, 2013

Sitting in the kitchen preparing dinner – yes that is why I rent a house – it is so relaxing to get away from the hub-bub of the show!The group of ladies in the house ROCKED!   literally – we even had our own resident Geologist! For all those who …

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#TucsonGemShow – GIA Dazzles at Tucson Gem Shows

January 13, 2013

GIA to Dazzle at Tucson 2013 Gem Shows
Institute to host classes, lab service, seminars and more
CARLSBAD, Calif. – Jan. 10, 2013 – Attendees at this year’s Tucson gem shows can enhance their visit experience with laboratory services, gem and jewelry seminars, classes and more from GIA (Gemological Institute of America). The Institute’s special offerings will take place from Feb. 5-17 at the Tucson Convention Center during the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair™ and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.
GIA research fellow Dr. James Shigley will present an open seminar on recent gemological discoveries and research, and the Institute will offer a Gem Identification Lab Class allowing show guests to test their skills and learn the latest techniques for identifying natural gemstones, synthetics and imitations. The GIA Alumni Association will also sponsor the annual dinner, auction and dance event, “Party at the GIA Gem Mine,” on Feb. 8 at the Marriott University Park Hotel.
GIA’s highlights at the 2013 Tucson shows include:
GIA Museum Exhibits
The First Irradiated Diamonds
Feb. 5-10 at the AGTA GemFair™

The GIA Museum will showcase a ring created with the first irradiated diamonds – featuring a 2.73 carat blue pear shape, a 2.35 carat yellow round, and pink melée accents – from renowned mineralogist Dr. Fred Pough. Following World War II, Pough pioneered work on crystal growth and the treatment of gems as President of the Gem Irradiation Laboratories in New York. Together with Robert Crowningshield, then head of GIA’s laboratory in New York and a pioneer in gemological research, Pough selected these stones for his initial irradiation experiments.
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Colored diamond ring set in platinum. These are
 the first irradiated diamonds done experimentally 
by Dr. Fred Pough alongside Robert Crowningshield.
 2.73 carat blue pear shape, 2.35 carat yellow round
 and pink melée accents.          Image © GIA.
The Trilliant Collection
Feb. 14-17 at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
More than 100 trilliant cut gems made from 30 different gem materials – courtesy of the Roz and Gene Meieran Collection – will be on display at the TGMS Show. This collection is one of the exhibit highlights at the Institute’s Carlsbad, CA headquarters, and features one piece that keeps visitors guessing.  One of the gems on display has not been cut and is in its natural crystal shape. Tucson attendees will delight in testing their eye and determining which of the trilliant cut gems is actually uncut.
Trilliant cut gemstones from the Roz and Gene Meieran Collection. Image © GIA.
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 show Monday through Friday, Feb. 4-9 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free GIA Seminar
Friday, Feb. 8, 9 to 10 a.m.
GIA’s Distinguished Research Fellow Dr. James Shigley will provide a update on the Institute’s latest lab developments including diamonds, colored stones and other timely topics of interest.
GIA Education
GIA will offer one lab class and two seminars during the AGTA GemFair™. Tuition for the lab class is $1,550 plus applicable sales tax and the seminars are $160 each. Pre-registration is required; call GIA Admissions at (800) 421 7250 ext. 4001 to register for the seminars, and visitGIA’s website to register for the lab class.
Gem Identification Lab Class
Monday through Friday, Feb. 4-8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hands-on training – with equipment including a microscope, a refractometer with polarizing filter and a removable magnifying eyepiece, refractive index (RI) liquid, a polariscope, a dichroscope, a spectroscope and a loupe – will help attendees learn effective testing procedures to identify natural gemstones, imitations and synthetics.
Country Origin of Corundum Seminar
Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 to 11 a.m.
This two hour seminar will include a lecture and hands-on lab with microscope instruction on country of origin determination for corundum. Attendees will learn how to identify internal characteristics of corundum through a microscope and what they indicate about the stone.
Emerald Clarity Enhancement and Origin Seminar
Saturday, Feb. 9, 1 to 3 p.m.
This two hour seminar will include a lecture and hands-on lab with microscope instruction on country of origin determination, and degree of clarity enhancement for emeralds. Through a microscope lab session, attendees will learn how to identify internal characteristics and the extent of clarity enhancement.
Party at the GIA Gem Mine
The GIA Alumni Association’s annual auction, dinner and dance event is on Friday, Feb. 8 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Marriott University Park Hotel. Ticket prices are $50 prior to Jan. 25; $65 after and at the door. Register here.
For more information about GIA in Tucson, visit http://www.gia.edu/about-gia/events-calendar/tucson/.   

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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Meet The Author – Book Signings at the Tucson Gem Show

January 10, 2013

NAJA (National Association of Jewelry Appraisers)

Booth #11 in the Galleria

at the AGTA Gemfair, 
will host three “Meet The Author” opportunities:

Feburary 6th – 11AM
Elisabeth Strack, FGA

February 8th – 2 PM
World Hallmark Vol. I
Danusia Niklewicz & Lindy Matula

February 8th – 10:30am Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Silver and other Jewelry Metals

Renee Newman will be signing books following her AGTA presentation.
Her Exotic Gems Series will be available along with most of her library.

DEBUT!  Her newest book “Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Silver & Other Jewelry Metals” will be introduced at the Tucson Gem Show.


David Epstein – For those of you who want to have your copy of “The Gem Merchant” signed, there will be three signing opportunities in Tucson:

Tues. Feb. 5th 10:00-12:00International Pavilion of the GJX, Booth 3010
Friday Feb. 8th 11:00-12:00
AGTA Booth #9 Upstairs
Sat. Feb. 9th 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
JEA Reception at the DoubleTree Hotel

Antoinette Matlins has updated editions that will be available at the Tucson Shows as well as her general library:

At the AGA Tucson Conference – Wednesday, February 6, 2013
At the AGTA GemFair following each of her scheduled Seminars
…and following her seminars at the GLDA Show.

I know that I want a copy of the updated FIFTH edition of “Gem Identification Made Easy” which will be introduced in Tucson!
Dr. Marco Campos-Venuti’s new volume on Agates & Jaspers will be available in the “Gems In Gems” booth at the Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show in the Riverpark Inn – Room 113

“Genesis and Classification of Agates and Jaspers: 
  a New Theory”
  by Dr. Marco Campos-Venuti,
This book contains the explanation of the many questions about the formation of Agate, Jasper and Chalcedony, the formation of concentric bands in agates, the origin of connective channel, the growth of mosses and plumes, the conditions necessary for the formation of horizontal banding, the formation oforbs in jaspers, the genesis of orbicular jaspers, the thunder egg formation. The bood also explains other themes as morphology of the bands, stratigraphy of a banded agate, influence of climatic conditions, types of agate depending on host rock, chemical disequilibrium between jasper and chalcedony. 
All the subject are investigated with a great number of pictures (more than 400) and diagrams making it easy to understand.

Bob Jones’ new book will be available at the Rock & Gem booth at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.

The Frugal Collector, Vol. 1
Rock & Gem senior consulting editor Bob Jones’ latest book, The Frugal Collector, Volume I, is now available for purchase. Read about a host of popular collector minerals that will fit the average collector’s budget and their classic sources, and enjoy anecdotes about Bob’s personal experiences over his 70+ years of collecting.

Announcing the first hard cover book, to cover the art of Paula Crevoshay“Garden of Light”.   A documentary of Paula’s first one woman show to open at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in April 2013.  

The book will preview at the AGTA show in Tucson, booth # 1617. 
There will be signed copies available.

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AGTA Special Events Announcement

January 9, 2013

As you would imagine there are several special events in Tucson during the Gem Show…AGTA recently sent out an announcement and I thought I would pass that info on to you.

These are only the events open to the Public if have affiliations with any Gem or Jewelry groups check with them there are private events almost daily…

GemFair Tucson Special Events
The AGTA GemFair™ Tucson allows buyers the opportunity to meet and greet with fellow industry professionals at the convention center or at one of the many nightly events. These events are a great place to combine business and fun in a laid-back environment. The show is open February 5 – 10, with events starting on February 3.  Don’t miss out on these great opportunities!

Sunday, February 3
17th Annual Coyote Classic Charity Golf Tournament 
Sponsored by FedEx
Omni Tucson National Resort
2727 West Club Drive
Benefiting the Tucson Officer’s Run for Special Olympics
Sign-up 12:00 pm
Shotgun Start 1:00 pm
Coyote Classic Reservation Form

Wednesday, February 6
AGTA Buyer Appreciation Party
Tucson Convention Center, GemHall Floor 
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
All GemFair Attendees Welcome
Get a taste of Tucson with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, libations and live mariachi music on the GemHall floor.

Thursday, February 7 
AGTA GemJammin’
New Location: Gentle Ben’s Brewing Co.
7:30 pm
Join the jewelry industry’s best musicians for a great night of music and fun! Tickets are $10 at the door and all proceeds go to Jewelers for Children.

Friday, February 8 
“Party at the GIA Gem Mine” Annual Dinner, Auction and Dance Party
Sponsored by the GIA Alumni Association
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Marriott University Park Hotel
Join us for a silent and live auction, buffet dinner, awards presentation and dancing.
 Casual evening or business.
Admission: $65 
All auction proceeds will benefit the GIA Alumni Endowment Fund. Shuttle service from the Convention Center to Marriott University Park Hotel will be courtesy of AGTA.

Saturday, February 9
AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Gala 
Sponsored by the Diamond Council of America
Marriott University Park Hotel
Grand Ballroom
7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Come celebrate the winning designs of the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ and enjoy a great night of dining and dancing. 
Tickets are priced at $100 per person. 
Call 800-972-1162 for more information.
AGTA Spectrum Awards Gala Reservation Form 
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Ed Swoboda Memorial Planned For Tucson

January 7, 2013

It is with the deepest sadness that I write of the death of Ed Swoboda.  
If you never got a chance to meet Ed, you missed a warm loving father and grandfather, a generous man, a humble soul, 
and a respected Giant in the Gem & Mineral World.

Ed – you will be missed – I will miss your warm smile and greeting!

Quoting Bryan Swoboda’s Facebook page:

Ed Swoboda 1917 – 2013

My father, Edward Swoboda, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and love. He was my inspiration for all the important things I ever accomplished in my life and will be so dearly and truly missed.
I am so truly grateful that I was able to spend so much time with him and that he was able to know my wife and children.

I know that he will forever watch over me and I say, Dad, rest in peace. You deserve it. I will love you forever.

We will have a special memorial for Ed in Tucson this year. Details to be announced.”

I know that he will forever watch over me and I say, Dad, rest in peace. You deserve it. I will love you forever.

We will have a special memorial for Ed in Tucson this year. Details to be announced.”

The following is from the description of one of Blue Cap Productions Videos entitled Ed Swoboda – A Life of Gems and Minerals:

“Ed Swoboda – American mineral collector and first recipient of the Mineralogical Record’s newly-created award, The American Mineral Heritage Award created to recognize lifetime achievements in field collecting.

From collecting Benitoite in the 30s to being the first to begin mining Brazilianite in the 40s to finding the Tourmaline blue cap pocket in the 70s and so much more. Ed Swoboda’s career has spanned both decades and continents.”

Ed Swoboda with Peter Bancroft, Discuss the Early Days of the Benitoite Mine:

…and a quick snippet of video I took of Ed’s case a the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show:

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TOMORROW – Pre-Registration DEADLINE!!!!

December 13, 2012

AGTA GemFair™ Tucson Buyer 
Pre-Registration Deadline December 14th

The deadline for pre-registration for buyer badges at the 2013 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson is December 14th, 2012. If you do not have your registration form in prior to this date, you will be able to register and pick up your badges onsite in Tucson. If you attended AGTA GemFair™ Tucson as a buyer in 2012, you are automatically registered for 2013. Those who submit a valid email address when registering will receive an email confirmation.  

All registered buyers in the United States and Canada will receive their badges in early- to mid-January for the show, which runs from February 5th – 10th.  International companies can pick up their badges onsite.  It is important to note that the AGTA is working through all of the current registration applications and you will be notified as soon as possible.

The AGTA GemFair™ Tucson is constantly evolving and updating programs to meet the needs of its buyers, and this upcoming year is no different!   Daily drawings where buyers can win big, a new Tools, Technology and Supplies (TTS) Pavilion, a Buyer Appreciation party on the GemHall floor and special appearances are just the beginning to the exciting changes that the show has to offer in 2013!
The show has been the destination for colored gemstone and cultured pearl buyers for over 30 years. GemFair has evolved from loose gemstones and pearls to include extensive lines of finished jewelry, equipment, estate dealers and industry service providers. AGTA offers a comprehensive, free seminar and bench demonstration program onsite. There are also numerous networking events each day, starting prior to the show with the AGTA’s Coyote Classic Charity Golf Tournament and ending with the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Gala.
If you haven’t registered to attend the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson 2013 yet, go tohttp://www.agta.org/tradeshows/tucson-reg.html to complete your registration today!
For more information call 800-972-1162 or email info@agta.org.

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