International Pavilions Visited by 40,000 Buyers
The JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show successfully completed its 14th year of hosting exhibitors, and had record attendance this year. The Show had over 850 booths with exhibitors from over 26 countries, all hosted in the 155,000 square foot Tucson Expo Center. The Show is divided into multiple Pavilions, with the most well-known being the Amber Pavilion, Southwestern/Turquoise Pavilions and the Indonesian/Bali Pavilions. Of note this year was also the Stone and Mineral Decor Pavilion, where guests were treated to giant geodes and amethyst cathedrals.
On this year’s Show, Show Director Yelena Masenko said, “We had the highest buyer attendance since the Show opened, and a majority of our vendors conducted great business and are returning next year.”
This year’s 2017 Show highlights included:
A 13 foot tall amethyst cathedral geode pair – the biggest in the world!
Giant Killer Clam Shells from Africa, brought by Volker Bassen
Rare stones including pink kunzite from Afghanistan, blue paraiba tourmaline, golden sheen sapphire and newly-found Ethiopian emeralds
Bisbee turquoise, Kingman turquoise, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Nevada turquoise, New Mexico turquoise, Cripple Creek, Colorado, and extraordinary collection of Persian and Iranian turquoise. We saw rough, cabs, beads and finished jewelry.
Our Amber Pavilion, a staple of our show, was as busy as always.
The JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show is looking forward to the next two upcoming events – a smaller show in September 2017, and the next big show will be January 25 – February 5, 2018.