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Five Star Gems brings Alexandrite from India to Tucson Gem Show

Five Star Gems AlexandriteWhen you spend your professional life surrounded by beautiful gems and jewelry, it is all too easy to get a little jaded (sorry for the pun). What might draw ‘Ooohs’ and ‘Aaahs’ in any other circumstances, can begin to bring just a raised eyebrow, if even that. So, like the many thousands from around the world who flock to Tucson for the annual Tucson Gem &Mineral Show, I keep my eyes peeled for the unique or the extraordinary.

Luckily, this year I found a number of rare, unusual and exotic stones in tucked away corners of the show. One of the exhibitors in one of these corners this year is Ikram Ahmed from Five Star Gems who is exhibiting at the end of one of the grand halls of JOGS Gem & Jewelry show. What’s so special about this exhibitor’s offerings? Well, he has some excellent examples of a pretty rare stone sourced in an unexpected place—Alexandrite from India; and boy, is it nice!

I took a few minutes of Mr. Ahmed’s time, and asked him about his gems, and will share with you what I learned from him.

High Quality Alexandrite PileFound only in small pockets, veins and mines of Alexandrite being nearly unheard of, the beautiful gems Mr. Ahmed brings to Tucson are sourced by his buyers from small villages in rural India. Rarely measuring more than a few carats in size “Larger stones are too rare, no one finds large 10 carat Alexandrite of good quality.” Even though they have been known for about 400 years now, and deposits outside of Russia have been found in Brazil, and more recently in India, this is one of the rarer stones available on the market.

These wonderful stones exhibit the green to red shift characteristic of the dichroic Alexandrite; which is the trait which draws so much interest to them. It was explained to me that the percentage of change, whether it be 20% or 90% was one of the most important aspects of this precious gem, and that care should be taken when examining them under different lights. High Quality Alexandrite “White light will show off the green color, which should be a deep green with some browns or reddish tints. These other colors will help you determine how much ‘shift’ will occur when you look at the stone under yellow light or in sunlight. When away from white light, you want to look for bright flashes of red, and a nice overall reddish tint to the stone.”

As the conversation turned to valuing the stones, and insuring that the buyer or designer doesn’t overpay, some guidelines from Mr. Ahmed were very helpful. For ‘average’ stones, that is stones with a 20-35% shift in colors, weighing less than 3 carats, you should expect to pay between $3-500 per carat. Higher quality stones, those with say, 80-90% shift in color are much more dear, with 1 carat stones fetching about $3,500 a carat, 3-4 carat stones bringing $7,000 per carat, and nearly unheard of 10 carat and higher stones bringing $15,000 per carat or better due to their rarity.

- James S.

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JOGS Winter Show 2013 Registration Now Open!

JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show
February 1-12, 2013
Wholesale/Cash & Carry!

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  • US Largest Amber Jewelry Pavilion
  • Silver & Designer Pavilion
  • Southwestern/American Turquoise Pavilion
  • Gem & Mineral Pavilion
  • Indonesian Jewelry Group
  • Hong Kong/China Manufacturers
  • Thailand Jewelry & Gemstone Dealers
  • Mexican Jewelry Designers
  • African Group: Gemstones/Roughs
  • Nepal Jewelry & Crafts Group
  • Native American Artist Group
  • 200 Jewelry Beads Classes & Seminars
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Studio DF : Silver-Amber Jewelry at JOGS Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show 2013

Studio DF at JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show 2013

STUDIO DF is a firm specialized in designing and manufacturing high-quality, unique, silver-amber jewelry.

Almost all of our products are hand-made giving them individuality and unique nature.

amber & ebony pendants at JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show 2013

Wide range of designs exploiting the natural beauty of Baltic amber let us satisfy the most sophisticated and demanding customers. In our offer, besides jewelry, you can find utensils such as: office sets, knives for opening letters, spoons for sugar, etc…

amber pendant at JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show 2013

We also make the unique amber and silver forms, embellishing exclusive indoors of people looking for originality and prestige. Our products have already found their customers in the USA, Europe and Asia.

We are ready to widen our offer according to special projects and wishes of our customers. We are recommended by Polish Amber Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for your interest and we invite you for cooperation.


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NNK JEWELRY CO., LTD – Sterling Silver Exhibiting at JOGS Winter Show 2013

NNK Jewelry Co., LTD at JOGS Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show Winter 2013

NNK Jewelry Co., Ltd. is a manufacture which specializes in sterling silver with various kinds of opaque stones and variety of designs. We offer both our own designs and also produce upon customer designs. We source our raw material directly from mines around the world and cut them in-house under guidance from our team of expert stone cutters which give us advantage of competitive pricing and genuine quality.

Our mission is to produce the finest jewelry through constant our quality control process, nothing is more essential than satisfying our customer through delivering perfect and beautiful jewelry.
Our team of high skill jewelers, materials and experienced -jewelry caliber, we assure that we can deliver jewelry at competitive prices, good quality, beautiful designs and on-time delivery.

Our company have employee 100 peoples, we can produce fine jewelry about 30,000 -50,000 Units per month. We have 3 designers with development new designs 30 – 50 designs per month. We also can do on other metals such as Brass, Bronze, Gold and White gold. Moreover we expand product line to do silver with gemstone and silver with CZ styles for fulfill all customer request.

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Demantoid Garnet

Other Names: Uralian Emerald
Origin of Name: Greek «διαμντοειδες» meaning diamond-like
Meaning of the Stone: January Birthstone
Classification: precious gemstone
Family: Mineral
Region: Russia, Namibia, Italy
Color: light green, dark green
Transparency: Translucent, Transparent
Fracture: Conchoidal
Hardness (Gravity): 6.5-7 (3.84)
Crystal System: Cubic
Similar minerals: Andradite

1. Legend and History:

Garnet minerals have been known and used for many years; Demantoid garnet however was discovered only in 1853, in Russia, more specifically the Ural Mountains.
This gemstone grew quickly in popularity and was considered a beautiful and expensive gemstone which should be treasured by every collector.
Peter Carl Faberge, the famous jeweler had created many magnificent pieces of jewelry with demantoid garnet.

In reference to historical matters, Garnet has been cited in many findings, for example Plato had his portrait engraved on a garnet; Demntoid however has not been mentioned in mythology or history as it is believed that the first ever finding was in fact in 1853.

2. Origin in nature and use:

Demantoid is a green gemstone variety of andradite, which is a mineral of the garnet group. The reason demantoid has its beautiful dark green color is particles of chromium within its chemical formula.

Although demantoid is a green gemstone, it’s appearance in nature ranges from a yellow color to dark green, in some cases even resembling an emerald.
The usual cut for demantoid gemstones is either the emerald cut or cushion cut, as best suited for jewelry.

3. Interesting Facts:

Dematoid gemstones from the Ural Mountains, often have inclusions of chrysolite which look like golden threads that usually curve and resemble a horses tail, thus called horsetails. Horsetails are believed by some to increase the gemstone’s value, this however is probably not correct as they are nonetheless inclusions to a clear stone.

4. Care and Storing:

Such beautiful gemstones as Demantoid Garnet are best kept in presentation boxes or very soft velvet pouches, away from harder stones which may damage or scratch them. Cleaning is recommended by means of a soft cloth and warm water.

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Didaj Jewelry at the JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show Winter 2013

Didaj Jewelry Booth#: W223

NATURAL TURQUOISE BEAUTY

My name is Alyona and I am a jewelry designer and founder of DIDAJ Jewelry and Fashion.

I’ve been creating my unique designs for many years. It is my passion and gives me a great deal of satisfaction, especially when I see what joy it brings to my clientele, all over the world.

Although my customers vary in age and interests, they all share a common love for jewelry and a desire for beautiful things.My background, from a very young age, was in artistic expression through dance. I received a Masters Degree in Artistic Direction and Choreography, from the Kiev State Art University and was a professional performer while living in the Ukraine.

I traveled the world for five years, until I immigrated with my family to the United States, in 1993.

During my first few years there, I used my experience and education to its fullest, teaching in many of the top academies and dance schools, in the Chicago area. I also helped produce and choreograph shows for a number of ice skaters and ice dancers, some of whom went on to become the top skaters in the US.

I look to many of my life experiences for inspiration. From my fascination with art history, to my observations of nature, I draw upon a wide variety of shapes, textures, and materials, to create something unique and exciting. All the products I offer are my unique and original creations. I carefully oversee every facet of production, to give you unmatched, world class quality. I stand behind each and every product and offer my personal quality guarantee.

My new Collection brings together colorful Italian leather, Silver and Peacock Baroque Pearls, various colors of Coral, Turquoise, Amethyst, Peridot, Citrine, Aquamarine, and Tourmaline. I very proud of this new collection and hope you find it as exciting as I do.

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JOGS Tucson Jewelry & Gift Show September 6-9, 2012 Pre-registration NOW OPEN!

Pre-Registration NOW OPEN!

Buyers and Visitors can now register to the Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show September 6-9, 2012. Whether your need is restocking, discovering new jewelry products or looking for that special piece that sets your store apart, JOGS Tucson Jewelry and Gift Show 2012 has what you are looking featuring over 100 designers and manufacturers.

Come see Tucson’s favorite exhibitors with their largest stock:

 A.G. Japan LTD
 Absolute Jewelry
 Al-Zuni 
 Alex Simkin 
 Amber Dreams 
 Amberman 
 Arts Kindom Jewelry Co., LTD
 Amy Simon Jewelry 
 AV Jewelry & Designs
 Bali Designs
 Benefit Import and Export
 Blake Brothers
 China Mountain Turquoise
 Chinese American Art 
 Cleia Renata L. Oliviera 
 Commercial Resources Corp
 Didaj Jewelry
 Empire Gems 
 Fantastic Deals/Stable Bridge
 Fashion Accessories 
 Fashion Jewelry LA 
 Fivestar Jewelry 
 Gadsden Express 
 Gem Cutters
 Goddess
 Golma Raja Co. LTD
 Indian Touch of Gallup 
 Infinity Trading 
 Instyle Trading
 J-Good-In Inc 
 JBC Trading
 Jewellennium 
 JJ Jewelers
 KingD Jewelry
 Kybelle Sterling 
 La Nazar
 Larimar Conlight
 Maria Belen Nilson 
 Mythology Company 
 Neotric Gems Inc 
 Oriental Crest Inc 
 PRS Jewelry 
 Rajbhandari Trade Links Nepal
 Rocio Co.
 Sam Davis Designs 
 Silver Planet 
 Skyline Business Ltd 
 Starborn Creations 
 Sunwest Silver Co., Inc
 Talia Jade 
 The Boys Silver 
 Tiger Tiger
 Trans Pacific USA 
 Tres Moi
 Twan Kee Co
 Twin Palace LLC 
 Y. S. USA Trading Co. 
 Yong Jia Co. 
 Yuan J LiuPlus many MORE!

Over 100 favorite Tucson Exhibitors from around the globe! Importers, Manufacturers, Designers and Wholesalers of:
Gold, Diamonds, Gems, Sterling Silver, Fine Jewelry, Finished Jewelry, Pearls, Loose Diamonds, Beads, Bead Strands, Swarowski Crystals, Amber, Opals, Cabochons, Lampwork, Glass beads, Findings, Bridal Jewelry, Native Jewelry, Watches, Accessories, Home Decor, Ethinc Jewelry and Crafts, Southwestern Jewelry, Jewelry from U.S., Thailand, India, China, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, Poland, Germany, South America, Turkey, Nepal, Africa, Russia, Australia, Philipines and much more!
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Tucson Gem Show


When and where?

Every winter during 2 weeks (late January to mid February) Tucson, AZ becomes a huge international gem and jewelry marketplace. Dealers and buyers from all over the world come to Tucson to sell and buy jewelry, minerals, fossils, gems and beads at the lowest wholesale prices.

How it started:

The first Tucson gem show started back in 1955 in a local elementary school with a group of mineral collectors and rock hounds. It was free show open to the public organized by a Tucson Gem and Mineral Society.
This first show was very successful and organizers decided to make it an annual event. Show moved to the Quonset hut at the Pima County Fair and Rodeo Grounds where it stayed there until 1972. Later show moved to the Tucson Convention Center Arena. As of now this first show is still hosted by Tucson Gem and Mineral Society volunteers.
Over the years it grew in the largest gem and jewelry event in the world – The Marketplace with over forty shows all around the city of Tucson which attracts over 55,000 exhibitors and buyers from USA, Europe, China, India, Thailand, Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong, Russia and many other countries.

Diversity of the Tucson Gem Shows Now

Tucson Gem show takes place not in the single place but in over 40 locations all over the city – in the hotels, huge tents, convention and expo centers and even parking lots. All shows are all organized by the different promoters. Most of the shows are strictly for the trade only , open to the business owners and buyers who represent retail stores and require special credentials to get in, but some of them are retail shows , open-to-the-public.

Some shows are featuring exhibitors who sell minerals, fossils and specimens, some have more dealers who bring beads and findings, some have finished jewelry pavilions and some would be known for the cut and colored stones.

The main, most popular shows in Tucson are Tucson gem and Mineral Show (Tucson Convention Center), JOGS Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show (Tucson Expo Center), AGTA GemFaire (Tucson Convention Center), GL&W Show (Holiday Inn), Gem Mall (Tent), GJX Show (Downtown Tucson).

Registration for the Tucson Gem Shows

Since most of the gem shows in Tucson are organized by different promoters they require separate registration for each show and ask for the different credentials. Buyers would need to have a business license, resale certificate, business card and photo ID to get the passes to the shows. Some shows would have online pre-registration and will mail the badges prior to the show. Some shows such as JOGS Show will have an option to print badges instantly from the show website.
Majority of the Tucson Gem shows are free for the wholesale and buyers representing retail stores. Some shows would charge a fee for the public to grant an access to the shows (GJX Show).

Gem Show Tucson’s Products

Some exhibitors and buyers mistakenly think that Tucson Gem Shows are mineral show only. It is truth that there is the largest selection in the world of the most rear unique minerals, fossils and museum quality specimens presented together at the same time during the Gem show period. But in fact Tucson Gem shows specialize in much more categories of the gem and jewelry industry – finished gold and silver jewelry with precious and semi-precious stones, fashion jewelry, designer jewelry, findings, beads, Swarovski crystals, pearls, colored stones, cut and rough stones, fossils and meteorites, carvings, unique stone sculptures, interior and home décor and many others.

Some of the shows are specializing in the wide variety of merchandise. JOGS Tucson Gem and jewelry Show is knows as one of the largest show in Tucson which hosts dealers with finished jewelry, international silver and designer jewelry pavilions with group of manufacturers from Indonesia, Southwestern jewelry pavilion with the famous dealers of the turquoise and native jewelry, Amber jewelry pavilion with manufacturers from Poland, Russia and Lithuania. JOGS show has cut stone pavilion and huge mineral pavilion with exhibitors from Brazil, Thailand, Uruguay, Russia, USA, Africa and other countries.

Some shows in Tucson such as AGTA GemFaire and GJX Shows are featuring exhibitors selling the highest quality colored stones and lapidary. AGTA Gemfaire is also known for their educational classes, lectures and seminars for buyers.

Arizona Gem and Mineral Show (Martin Zinn Expositions) specializes in the variety of gems and minerals, fossils, specimens and gem and jewelry displays.

Gem Mall (huge tent next to the Holiday Inn hotel and GL&W Show) is known for its strong group of exhibitors selling of semiprecious beads and findings.
Holidome Show (organized by GL&W) is one of the oldest shows in Tucson. The show is known for the group of an exhibitors who are selling beads, finished jewelry, gems and findings.

Transportation during Tucson Gem Show

The transportation between trade shows in Tucson is provided by the free shuttles running during 2 weeks period of the Gem Shows.

The main shuttle routes are:
Cooper Route (Kino Sports Complex, Holidome and Tucson Expo Center)
Ruby Express Route (Tucson Expo Center, Howard Johnson and Tucson Electric Park)
Purple Route: Windmill Inn, Holidome/GemMall, Doubletree Raid Park)
Red Route (Hotel Tucson City Center), Ramada Limited, Quality Inn, Mineral and Fossil Marketplace)

JOGS Tucson Show (Tucson Expo Center) offers free limousine rides for Gem Show buyers to and from AGTA GemFaire (Tucson Convention Center) daily.
All Tucson Gem Shows are located in 10-20 min driving from the Tucson International Airport. Some local hotels provide a free shuttles to pick their guests from the Tucson International airport and a free transportation to and from the nearby gem shows.

Parking during Tucson Gem Show

Limited parking is available at some Tucson Shows. The cost for the parking is somewhere from $5 to $10. Tucson will continue to have parking hubs at Tucson Expo Center (East Irvington Road), Congress Street hub and 22nd Street parking.
JOGS Show (Tucson Expo Center) is offering over 1000 free parking spaces for all Tucson gem show buyers. Tucson buyers can park at Tucson Expo Center parking lot free o f charge and take complimentary shuttles and limousines to different gem shows.

Gem Show Tucson is a unique place where whole gem and jewelry world meets every year to find the largest variety and best quality merchandise at the lowest wholesale prices and the newest trends but to make the most important business connections to bring gem and jewelry industry to the next level.

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Best Places to Buy Gemstones



There are many places to buy gemstones around the world. No matter where you go, you need to ensure that you have someone who can verify if you are not an expert.

When you are looking for the best place to buy gemstones you have three options.

  1. A local jeweler
  2. The internet
  3. A diamond district

No matter which selection you choose, you should get written guarantees and proof for every product you buy. You can find many diamond districts in foreign countries popular for open gemstone markets. The advantage to purchasing gemstones in markets throughout places such as India or Thailand is that you get to make a vacation out of the trip.

Some of the best places to buy gemstones include Thailand, Madagascar, China, and India.

Andesine Labradorite Gemstone

The best place to buy gemstones is also dependent upon the type of gemstones you want. No matter where you turn, it is important that you understand how to grade them for worth. Gemstones are slightly more challenging to grade than diamonds because they do not have a grading system.

If you are bringing gemstones from foreign countries into the United States for sale you should ensure you know the difference between an appraisal and a certification. You should always get a certification from a gem laboratory for every gemstone you purchase. This shows that it was verified by a third party and given a grading. The appraisal is like a non-binding estimate in that it is only for insurance and for retail value but not for quality.

If you are appraising the quality on your own, or with an expert you should begin with the four C’s before you begin appraising gemstones in any area.

  • Color
    • Color is an important way to determine the worth of gemstones throughout India, Thailand, Madagascar, etc… Most prefer colors which are clear, intense, saturated, with a medium tone. If the color is too dark it becomes muddled which is unappealing. You want brighter colors because they are more vivid.
  • Clarity
    • Once you verify the color you want, you want to look at the clarity. This is also called the saturation. The gemstones with the most value are those which are clear and have no flaws you can see. There are some flaws which might not be visible when the stone is face up, but rarely. Emeralds and red tourmaline often have small flaws so finding nearly flawless varieties of these make them very expensive.
  • Carat
    • When you buy gemstones they are sold based on their weight not on their size. The price you pay will be calculated per carat. Some gems might be dense so you could pay a lot less or a lot more for gemstones of highly varied sizes. Additionally, certain types of larger stones are rare and more expensive. These include emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and tourmaline.
  • Cut
    • The cut is important because it can add or subtract hundreds of dollars to the retail value and to the beauty. You want a cut which will reflect light evenly across the entire surface if you hold it to the light. You can easily compare cuts in open markets by holding similar gemstones side by side.
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How to be Successful in Gemstone Business

How can I be Successful in Gemstone Business?

Gemstones are one of the oldest businesses in the world. Gemstones do not usually depreciate in value, which is why the business remains so successful.

Most of the time, the value of a gemstone is based upon supply. Since diamonds are low in supply they are expensive.

When you start a gemstone business you will only be successful if you can overcome the high start-up costs and yield a good profit.

If you are interested in starting a gemstone business, there are a few simple steps you need to follow.

  1. You need to have patience, time, and money you can invest.
  2. Choose the type of gemstones you want to sell
  3. Find quality cutters
  4. Determine your audience

You cannot grow or make gemstones which means you have to pay for cut gemstones or rough gemstones. This cost can become very high depending on the type of gemstone you are buying. The most expensive are typically diamonds and sapphires while topaz, tanzanite, and aquamarines are cheaper.


Chrysoberyl Gemstone

Finding Gemstones

  • You can travel directly to mining sites in areas such as Myanmar, Sri Lanka, or Madagascar to reduce your costs. If you travel, you should have a good eye for quality stones or bring someone who does so that you do not overpay for bad gemstones. The more third and fourth parties you have involved in your transactions, the more you will pay for the gemstones.
  • You can visit trade shows such as the Tuscan Gem and Mineral Show.

When you look for investors, you can use Faceters.com. This company understands that success will not occur within a few months or years. If you want to succeed in the gemstone business you must gain a reputation with:

I.            Patience

II.            Contracts

III.            Experience

When you select the type of gemstones you are selling, this is often based upon the amount of money you have to start up initially. The more you have the higher quality stones you can sell.

You should also consider the condition in which you want to sell your gemstones.

You can purchase rough gemstones from places like Madagascar and then sell them at a premium in the United States. Another example is to buy uncut gemstones, use the services of a gemstone cutter, cut the rough gemstones into jewelry pieces, and sell them to jewelry stores.

Color Change Garnet

When you sell retail gemstones you have the potential to make the most money, but you have to invest more at the beginning because you will need machinery and a professional cutter. You should know that these gemstones might not sell as quickly.

All of the gems you sell will need certification from the Gemology Institute of America or another outside party.

The cut of the gemstones can add or subtract hundreds from the price tag which is why finding a quality cutter is so important.

Determining your audience means meeting their needs. Any retailer will need certification but the sales pitch you use will be different for larger companies versus someone looking for an engagement ring.

 

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