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Tucson Treasures

Posted by Cecile Raley on


I got back from Tucson Tuesday night and the very first thing I did was sleep. First on the plane (1 hr the first leg, 2 hrs the second leg) and then 10 more hours at home. My assistant Debbie, who was with me till Saturday, took Sunday-Tuesday off to recoup. Yesterday, I got my little treasures from Brink, thanks to Prima Gems who did the transport for me together with their (considerably larger)...

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Tucson Prep

Posted by Cecile Raley on

For those of you who travel "vicariously" with me to Tucson to hunt for gems, here's a little more of a breakdown of what I have now, what I am looking for, and what kinds of purchases I am arranging.

Let's start with what has been my main draw, and my personal favorite - Paraiba tourmaline. I've done a count on my melees and I have adjusted all the quantities in the shop to reflect what I have...

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Tucson: How to Shop Wisely at a Gem Show

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

The countdown is on: on Monday January 30th I leave for Tucson for the largest gem show, or rather, gem shows, of the world, ready to stock up on more goodies. I will visit the AGTA and GJX shows for the most part, but I also go to a couple of the smaller shows, notably the one at the Hotel Tucson City Center, where my friend Jochen from Jentsch Mineralien exhibits. That's more of a mineral show...

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Stone Carving with Sonny Grant at the Tuscon Gem Show

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

As I'm sure you know, not many thing are made in the US by hand any more, especially small arts and crafts. It doesn't pay the rent, things can be made cheaper elsewhere. So you might imagine my delight when I came across soapstone carver Sonny Grant at the Marty Zinn show in Tucson. I was just strolling across the lawn of the Inn Suites hotel, where the show was hosted, to get a cup of coffee at...

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Tucson Treasures

Posted by Cecile Raley on

Wow. That's the only word I have for my recent Tucson trip. Tremendous fun, intriguing, and totally overwhelming. Several of you had said to me beforehand that you live through me vicariously, I just didn't know it was THIS many of you. The number of convos and facebook comments I got was incredible. I apologize if I didn't manage to fill all the requests and ship out on time, next year I will...

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