Soooooo!!! We are finally here and working/shopping the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show (go here for more information about the show - http://www.pueblogemshow.com/), and having the time of our lives! We can't wait to share our cool new acquisitions with you (we will get photos and upload them to the Etsy store as soon as possible) -- but in the meantime, here is a short list of some of our very favorites:
Enormous, round, acquamarine-colored bottle-glass beads and Mali Wedding Beads from our new friends at Nharo (one of our very favorite booths at the Old Pueblo Show -- 'Indigenous Art from Africa' -- we'll tell you their story soon as well)
More lucious, creamy, chunky Peruvian Opal beads
Equally lucious, cloud & blue sky Larimar pendants
Fun ethnic necklaces from Tibet and Afghanistan
Darling carved boxwood beads
Blue-Green Roman Glass bead strands
We had fun perusing the sparkling, faceted diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald beads and stones at the AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) show. As usual, we wandered through the big tents with enormous geodes, fossils, minerals and crystals. The variety of shows and natural materials seems infinite as you make your way to top-shelf jewelry shops, funky costume bead collections, finely crafted lampworked beads, Hill Tribe silver, silk ribbons, gold findings, exotic adornment creations -- the list goes on and on. We also had fun dining at the Cushing Street Bar and Grill with good friends and colleagues -- the most talented jewelry artisans and bead suppliers we have had the pleasure to meet and get to know over the years of working the gem show -- plus brand new friends who made us laugh and taught us so much about the business through their kindness and insights.
The show always reminds us of the ancient world markets where people would travel the world, often sailing over trecherous seas, to bring to the marketplace their spices and silks and precious art. We are proud to continue in this tradition -- and equally grateful to have the location be the heart of LOVELY Tucson in the very best season to be here. We've posted a few photos of Tucson as well so you can see what a great place this is to visit, in addition to all the Gem Show delights.
We do promise to upload the new items and get them on sale for your shopping pleasure, as soon as possible. In the meantime, I have to get home and ship out a few things sold while we were out here and not doing any marketing at all -- our fun rhinestone/onyx dice beads, manufactured opal cabochons and a beautiful brass & lapis pendant. We are so hoping to get our customers to send photos after using these wonderful items, so we can see 'what they became when they grew up' (the items, that is, after being used for all the jewelry creations) -- we're going to work on that.
In the meantime, our very best to you -- please get in touch if there's anything you'd like us to look for that we don't already have in the shop -- as we are always out there 'trolling for treasures'...
p.s. If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy a one we did some time back -- 'Shysters of the Bead World'.