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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Healing Gemstones

HEALING GEMSTONES

Healing gemstones are delightful to give or receive as gifts. They are natural healers and are mother
nature’s gifts. When you give a healing gemstone such as crystal to someone is the same as offering a
healing.

There are many types of healing gemstones to choose from. Following is a list of the some popular
healing gemstones that you everyone would love to receive as a gift. Each of these healing gemstones
has wonderful healing energies.

Turquoise is a teaching stone which can be used to help learning spiritual lessons through meditation
and dream visions

Jade teaches acceptance. Carries serene and calming energy. It can help a person to become less critical
of self and others.

Lapis is a stone that helps to unlock mysteries as it helps to move through confusion and emotional
blocks and dig through to the root of problematic issues.

Amethyst helps one tune into a higher awareness of knowing.

Fluorite is a beneficial stone to help guard us against picking up negativity or negative energies from
people . It absorbs any negativity. Since it absorbs negativity It is important to cleanse it at least once a
week .

Kyanite is probably best known for its balancing properties that align the chakras is best worn near the
throat chakra . There is no need to cleanse this stone, it clears itself automatically of negative energies.

Rose Quartz is healer of physical heart ailments as well as emotional heartbreaks. Rose quartz is a great
gift to offer someone who desires to learn self-love.

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Birthday Gemstones

BIRTHDAY GEMSTONES

A birthday gemstone is also called a birthstone and associated to the month of our birth. Birthday stones have been given as birthday gifts from ancient times. It is believed that wearing your birthday gemstones can bring you luck. You may want to wear your birthday gemstone for a month and see what kind of changes is doing on your life.

Birthday gemstones chart

January – Garnet
Facts about the birthstone garnet:
Garnet is a gemstone which was named after the seeds of a pomegranate. There is reference of the garnet in the Greek mythology. Garnet was also associated in some culture with illumination and fire. Aztecs used garnets to enhance the potency of fire and to heal and enlighten their people. Signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend
Garnet is available in all color except in blue.

February – Amethyst
Facts about the birthstone amethyst :
Amethyst is a form of quartz. Amethyst is known to protect his wearer from intoxication especially from the effect of alcohol. This stone is known to bring peace and tranquility. Believed to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted
Its color varies from pale lilac to dark purple.

March – Aquamarine
Facts about the birthstone aquamarine:
The aquamarine is supposed to protect sailors when they travel on the sea and bring luck and fortune to its wearer. The name of this stone has been derived from the Latin word ‘Aqua’ meaning water and ‘Mare’ or sea. Said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded
The best aquamarine stones are those of blue sea color without any trace of other colors.

April – Diamond
Facts about the birthstone diamond:
The most solid of all stones on the planet. Diamonds are are composed of carbon. Long time the diamond was a symbol of strength and invincibility. These stones are linked to love, eternity and strength

May – Emerald
Facts about the birthstone emerald:
In the ancient time, people believed that the emerald improve eyesight and bring psychic power. The emerald is also known to protect its wearer during traveling. A symbol of rebirth, is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. This stones is available in all shades of green.

June – Pearl
Facts about the birthstone pearl:
Pearl are formed of organic matter , it is the product oyster’s defense mechanism. It is formed when a foreign object enters into the mollusk’s shell. The mollusk secretes nacre, a lustrous substance, and as thousands of layers of nacre coat the intruder, a pearl is created. This process takes about eight years. Pearl is a symbol of chastity, modesty and purity. Linked with chastity and modesty, making it something of an angelic, pure birthstone
Pearls exist and variety of colors. But most of them will be of white color.

July – Ruby
Fact about the birthstone ruby:
Ruby is also a very durable stone, large rubies and rubies without inclusions are extremely rare. The ruby was known to be the lord of all gemstones in the Hindu culture. A stone traditionally linked with protection and harmony.

August – Peridot
Facts about the birthstone Peridot:
This stones is used for healing purposes , protect against nervousness and protect against against nightmares.
Colors for this stone varies from yellow green to brilliant light green under certain lighting condition the Peridot looks like an emerald. Linked with protection against evil and night terrors, as well enhancing the properties of healing drugs.

September – Sapphire
Facts about the birthstone sapphire:
The legend said that the ten commandments were written on sapphire. The ability to perceive the future was also attributed to this stone in the ancient times. Linked with faith and purity, as well as foresight
Sapphires exist in all color except in red, the most popular sapphires are deep blue.

October – Opal
Facts about the birthstone opal:
This stone is one of the most beautiful stones. Opal was known to be a symbol for purity and innocence. Linked to purity, hope, innocence and friendship. Opal comes from the word opalus (seeing jewel in Latin) or upala (stone in Sanskrit).

November – Yellow topaz
Facts about the birthstone yellow topaz:
The topaz was unknown from the ancient times. The properties of calming temper is known to yellow topaz. Linked with sanity, healing, and life, as well as being connected to strength
Topaz is a transparent gem, the most precious type is wine-yellow in color.

December – Turquoise
Facts about the birthstone Turquoise:
This stone is known to bring security and happiness to the person who wears it. This precious stone was once linked to happiness, fortune and luck, making it a very popular gem in centuries gone by
Turquoise is of the oldest gemstones. Turquoise colors range from sky blue to bluish-green to green.

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