Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Tucson Experience 2014

Post by Christine Webb and Patricia Syvrud

Well we had another incredible week in Tucson this year at the AGTA GemFair, the GJX show, JCK Tucson and of course all of the smaller tent shows.  It's always so amazing to see the beautiful gems, jewelry, carvings, mineral specimens, huge geodes, fossils and so much more! Tucson becomes an international gem fair each year in February as dealers from around the world come to sell and source gemstones. Here are a few highlights from our week in Tucson, Arizona.

We had the chance to catch up with some of our favorite designers - Paula Crevoshay, Alishan, Erica Courtney, Bernd Munsteiner, Barbara Heinrich, as well as the gem dealers, most notably the Henns, who source the stones for these high level designers and retail jewelers from around the world. (We're saving our photos of Bernd and Barbara as well as the Henns for a future post - keep checking Joia Gems!)

Paula Crevoshay's booth was one of the most colorful booths at the AGTA show.  She is known as the Queen of Color, and she didn't disappoint this year - her showcases were filled with incredible one-of-a-kind pieces encrusted with vibrant gems in every hue, as you can see below.

One of our favorites was this stunning crocus flower with purple sapphires, pink spinels, fire opals, yellow sapphires, and moonstone dewdrops - PLEASE!