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Jewelry Designers at the 2018 JOGS Show

The JOGS Show hosts miners, gemstone cutters, jewelry designers and manufactures, but on the fifth day of the Show we discovered (and re-discovered!) the designers of our Show.

The JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show is taking place at the Tucson Expo Center on January 25 – February 5, 2018.

Shown above: E-bu, Passione Gioelli, Anna King

Passione Gioielli, Booth S13 High quality exclusive designer jewelry.

Anna King Designs, Booth W721 Sterling silver jewelry with semi-precious and unusual stones

ACLEONI, Booth N708 Fine sterling silver gemstone designer jewelry

E-bu Jewelry, Booth N918 Production and one-of-a-kind art jewelry, stones, found objects, sterling silver jewelry.

Terra Marris by Misel, Booth S15 Red coral gems and jewelry in gold and silver

Majul & Co, Booth W720 Fine Mexican sterling silver jewelry designs.

Charles Albert, Booth N12 Unique fossils, mineral and gemstone handmade jewelry in sterling silver and zero karat gold.

BB Zaveri, Booth: W424 925 Sterling silver jewelry with semi-precious stones, larimar jewelry.

Mirablu, Booth N610 Designer and rough gemstone jewelry.

Balaam Design, Booth N916 Sterling silver, handcrafted designer jewelry.

Myths, Booth N4 Jewelry with real butterfly wings and sterling silver.

Gemstones at the 2018 Tucson Gem Show

The JOGS Show hosts miners, gemstone cutters, jewelry designers and manufactures, and on the second day we visited our gem stone dealers – if you are looking for cut stones, view the gallery!

The JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show will take place at the Tucson Expo Center on January 25 – February 5, 2018.

2018 JOGS Show Gemstone Photos

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Color-change Turkish diaspore straight from the only direct source (Booth E604)

Show-stopping gemstone jewelry (shown, Booth W2)

Tourmaline, in slices, cut stones and cabs (multiple exhibitors, shown Booth W810)

The newest gemological find in 300 years, Gold sheen sapphire (Booth E511)

Gemstones in both large and small sizes (shown, Booth W10)

High quality Ethiopian opal (East Hall Gemstone Pavilion)

Precious and Semi-Precious stones including Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, Alexandrite, Morganite, Kunzite and more

Trustworthy exhibitors who will tell you exactly how a stone has been treated or if it is 100% natural

How to Get a Visa Invitation Letter to the Tucson Gem Show

If you are attending the Tucson Gem Show from outside the United States, you may require a Business Visa to enter the United States. The JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show offers Visa Invitation Letters to legitimate intentional businesses in the Gem & Jewelry Show who will be attending the JOGS Show. International guests are recommended to start the Visa process as soon as possible as it can take weeks or months to acquire a Visa.

How to Apply for a Business Visa

If you apply for a B-1 visa, you must demonstrate to a consular officer that you qualify for a U.S. visa. The Immigration and Nationality Act presumes that every B-1 applicant to the United States is an intending immigrant. You must overcome this legal presumption by showing:

  • That the purpose of your trip to the United States is for a temporary visit, such as attending the JOGS Show to conduct business
  • That you plan to remain in the United States for a specific, limited period of time
  • Evidence of funds to cover your expenses while in the United States
  • That you have a residence outside the United States, as well as other binding social or economic ties, that will ensure your return abroad at the end of your visit

HOW TO: Buyers & Guests

  1. Fill out the online JOGS Visa Invitation Letter request form online. Make sure to include all relevant information and documents or your request will be denied. Once we receive your request, the JOGS Team will request payment for processing, and verify your documents. If your request is accepted, you will be sent a Visa Invitation Letter by email. The JOGS Show does not provide invitation letters by mail to buyers and guests, only email. Fill this form out separately for each person looking to attend the Show.
  2. Make an appointment for an interview at a U.S. Embassy in your country. Click here for a list of international embassies.
  3. Take the invitation letter to the interview along with your other relevant documents and present it to the visa officer as a proof of your purpose of visiting the United States.

HOW TO: Exhibitors

  1. Accepted exhibitors for the JOGS Show should fill out the Exhibitor Visa Invitation Request Form. Make sure to include all relevant information and documents or your request will be denied. Once we receive your request, the JOGS Team will request payment for processing, and verify your form. If your request is accepted, you will be sent a Visa Invitation Letter by email. The JOGS Show does not provide invitation letters by mail to buyers and guests, only email.
  2. Make an appointment at the U.S. Embassy. Click here for a list of international embassies.
  3. Choose a mail carrier: FedEx, UPS or USPS, FedEx and USPS are preferable choices. Provide detailed delivery address and pre-pay the shipping fees to JOGS International Exhibits, LLC (shipping fees vary based on the carrier rates). If you are already registered with any of the above mentioned carriers, you may provide us your account number to pay for the shipping directly using your account.
  4. After the payment is received the packet consisting a letter of invitation to the annual JOGS Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show and the invoice confirming your booth space at the show will be sent to the provided address. If you do not require a visa invitation to be mailed to you, you can request to receive a copy of your invitation letter by email.
  5. Take the invitation package to the interview and present it to the visa officer as a proof of your purpose of visiting the United States.

United States Business Visa Interview Tips

1. Prepare all necessary documents for your interview. Your packet should consist of passport, birth certificate, DS-160 confirmation page, proof of operating a valid business entity, income tax return, bank statements, marriage certificate (if applicable), visa invitation. If you have commercial and residential property registered under your name, stocks, bonds and other kinds of assets you might want to bring the proof of ownership of the above mentioned properties as well.

2. Arrive early, wear formal clothes as for the formal business meetings. If possible, men should wear a tie.

3. Make sure to show strong ties to your country and your intention to come back after the successful completion of your business trip.

4. When presenting the invitation explain to the officer your purpose for attending JOGS Tucson Show

Countries that will likely require a Business Visa: Verify¬†your country requires a Business Visa with the¬†U.S. Department Of State ‚ÄĒ Bureau Of Consular Affairs

Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas, The
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Burkina Faso
Cabo Verde
Central African Republic
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire
Dominican Republic
East Timor (see Timor-Leste)
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Gambia, The
Holy See
Hong Kong
Korea, North
Korea, South
Marshall Islands
North Korea
Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Sierra Leone
Sint Maarten
Solomon Islands
South Africa
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates

First Day of the 2018 JOGS Show

Whether you are looking for rough, cut stones, beads, specimens or finished jewelry, the JOGS Show carries everything a rock lover could dream of. Here’s what we saw at the Show!

The JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show will take place at the Tucson Expo Center on January 25 – February 5, 2018.

What we saw at the JOGS Show…

Beautiful rainbow-colored Ammonite from Canada (Booth: E215, E217)

Giant crystal quartz from Arkansas (Tents outside West Entrance)

Unique and creative gemstone jewelry (shown, Ballroom W24)
Gem decor and geodes in all shapes and sizes (many exhibitors in East Hall, shown Western Woods)

Dazzling gemstones in every color

Turquoise as far as the eye can see, both in Southwest Native American jewelry and in cabs/rough (shown: Persian Turquoise, booth W800)

Beads and findings for every crafter and jewelry maker (shown, Ballroom S509-S515, S508-S514)

HOT ITEM 2018! Ammonites! Fossil version, pyrite ammonites, and rainbow ammonites

… and so much more!


The JOGS 2018 Show Guide is now available!

Every year the JOGS Show releases a comprehensive guide of the exhibitors attending the JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show, the amenities at the show, Tucson Gem Show shuttles and is loaded with information about the Show. A limited number of physical copies are printed and are available at the Tucson Expo Center – but you can preview the Show Guide online at any time.

Click here to download the JOGS Show Guide

This year’s show guide has over 190 pages, and in addition to the usual information available also has updated shuttle maps, hotel information and a listing of other shows in Tucson.

If you are looking for a light-weight list of searchable exhibitors that isn’t in PDF form, view our 2018 List of JOGS Exhibitors.

Here is a full list of what is available in the guide:

  • Tucson Expo Center location map and direcions
  • Information about what is new at the 2018 Show
  • Birthstones chart
  • Zodiac stones chart
  • Shuttles – Mineral & Fossil Loop Map
  • Shuttles – Downtown Gem Loop Map
  • Shuttles – Kino Gem Loop Map
  • Shuttles – Diamond road between JOGS and AGTA
  • Hotels listing of Hotels near the JOGS Show
  • Good and Amenities at the JOGS Show
  • Show Policies
  • List of 12-Day Show Exhibitors
  • List of 4-Day Show Exhibitors
  • Registration info & contact details
  • Info about jewelry classes and seminars and seminar map
  • Jewelry making class coupon
  • Turquoise Pavilion list & photos
  • Amber Pavillion list & photos
  • Bali Pavillion List & Photos
  • Gem & Mineral Pavilion photos
  • Nepal & Tibet pavilion listing and photos

What is on the cover?

Ammolite Inlay by Starborn Creations
Top grade fossil ammonites elegantly stylized with hand-cut ammolite inlays make the perfect statement piece as both wearable jewelry art and display pieces. Visit Starborn’s South Hall Ballroom 11 to see a full array of ammonite inlay options including turquoise, abalone and more.

Opals at the Tucson Gem Show

Every year, opal dealers travel to the Tucson Gem Show from Australia and Ethiopia, and occasionally even from the United States! If you are an opal lover, you’ll be sure to be delighted at the JOGS Show’s exhibitors. Below is a list of featured opal exhibitors at the 2018 Tucson Gem Show.

Tikka Opals

Booth E507 РLighting ridge, black opals from Australia Рshown is a 300 ct specimen! Read More about Tikka Opals

Janice Evert Opals

Booth N712, N710 РQueensland Boulder Opal Рunset, drilled, silver jewelry and 18ct gold jewelry

Geni Gem

Booth E9¬†–¬†Opals, emeralds, amethysts, sapphires, tsavorite, aquamarine from Ethiopia

Brilliant Design

Booth W11 РFine jewelry with precious gems includingopals

Kidus Gemstone

Booth E407 РEthiopian opal, Ethiopian emeralds, Ethiopian sapphire, green garnett, loose and rough

Twan Kee

Booth N5 Р14k and 18K fine opal jewelry, helenite jewelry, obsidianite jewelry, 925 sterling silver, rings, pendants, earrings, larimar, semi-precious stones.

Opals Mine Factory Ltd.

Booth W707 РAustralian opals and opal jewelry set in sterling silver

Spencer Opal Mines

Booth E11 РFamily Owned and Operated Since 1968, the source for American Pink Opal from Idaho

The Turquoise Pavilion at the Tucson Gem Show

The JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show boasts an incredible collection of Turquoise available, form rough to finished Native American jewelry.

What is the Turquoise Pavilion?

The JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show is very well known for its amazing collection of dealers of Native American Turquoise jewelry. Over 100 booths at the JOGS jewelry show are dedicated to Southwestern Jewelry and turquoise all in one pavilion, probably the largest collection under one roof.

What kind of Native American turquoise jewelry can you find at the Show?

Contemporary, antique, many unique signed famous designer Native American pieces from Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, Santo Domingo and other Indian tribes.

You will be mesmerized by the stories related to each sterling silver buckle, squash blossom necklace, kachina doll, zuni fetishes, 1000s of charms, cuff bracelets, mosaic pendants and much, much more.

Many of our turquoise jewelry exhibitors have family ties to original historic Traders, and have brought those Native American ties to the Show.

What types of rough and cut turquoise can be found at the Show?

  • Turquoise rough
  • Turquoise cabochons
  • Turquoise beads
  • Bisbee
  • Burtis Blue
  • Kingman
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Cripple Creek
  • Colorado
  • Persian and Iranian
  • Blackweb
  • … and more!

Genuine Turquoise & Trusted Exhibitors

Turquoise comes in many varieties, and can receive many treatments to stabilize it or re-color it. One of the best things about shopping for Turquoise at the JOGS Show is that our vendors are extremely trustworthy and knowledgeable about the state and origin of their Turquoise.

Many of our exhibitors are mine owners and direct-source dealers with many years in the trade business, so you never have to worry about buying fake or treated turquoise if you are looking for the genuine thing! All you have to do is ask and our vendors will tell you exactly how each stone was treated – or if it’s 100% natural.

Turquoise at the Tucson Gem Show

View more photos and a list turquoise exhibitors on our Turquoise Pavilion page.

The Amber Pavilion at the Tucson Gem Show

The JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show has the largest collection of Amber available in the entire Tucson Gem Show.

What is the Amber Pavilion?

Top amber direct manufacturers and designers from Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Indonesia and Columbia with large variety of amber cameos, carvings and natural Baltic amber beads and Designer Baltic amber jewelry set in sterling silver and gold

What types of Amber Products can you find at the Show?

  • Amber designers & manufacturers
  • Amber jewelry in silver & gold
  • Amber carvings, cameos and art
  • Amber cabochons
  • Amber beads
  • Rough amber
  • Amber with Bugs

What is Amber?

Amber is a petrified tree resin from a family of coniferous trees. Formation of amber is really fascinating: heat, pressure, oxygen and light exposure are the contributing factor in creation of amber and the main and the most important factor is time. Amber is like a time capsule that lets us take a glimpse into the prehistoric times-resin would trap everything it touched before it had a chance to harden.


Colors of Amber

Amber comes in many different colors, and each color has a different meaning. The meanings change by culture and tradition, but here are our favorite amber meanings…

Citrine: Harmony, Purity
Cognac: Career, Knowledhe
Cheery: Love, Passion
White: Health, Spirituality
Butterscotch: Wealth
Antique: Fame
Green: Health, Balance
Black: Elegance

Why is Amber a good product to carry?

Amber is considered a perfect product to carry due to its natural origins and metaphysical properties. Many believe amber has a healing aura, and amber has been a cultural and traditional stone in many cultures. Amber is the only stone that is not cold to touch and is very light in weight and is considered a soft stone.

What part of the world does Amber come from?

  • Baltic Region: Russia, Lithuania & Poland
  • Ukraine
  • Dominican Republic
  • Burma
  • Mexico
  • Colombia (Copal)
  • Indonesia
  • and South Africa

Amber Exhibitors

The JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show has over 30 amber exhibitors, mostly all located in the Amber Pavilion directly beside the main entrance to the Show.

View Amber Exhibitors

Amber Jewelry Pavilion at JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show

New Materials at the Tucson Gem Show

Every year, exhibitors from 26 countries bring their newest finds to the Show. Here are some of the materials we expect to see at the upcoming JOGS Show.


Not to be confused with Charoite, Sugilite is a rare stone with an attractive purple color. The specimen above will be brought to the JOGS Show by BMG (NY) Inc at Booth W10.

Terahertz Stone

What is Terahertz? This mysterious stone has started popping up in both China and Munich, and is popular due to its dark black metallic color, often being used to make “healing” jewelry in the form of bracelets and pendulums. You can find Terahertz at the JOGS Show, from Sino Arts & Crafts MFG. CO. Booth W711.

Mangano Calcite

Similar in color to Rose Quartz, Mangano Calcite is a popular new stone for carvings, especially for heart shapes and healing stones. We found this hearts carvings from Bravo International at the Denver Show and we expect to see more at the Tucson Gem Show.

Tigray Blue Sapphire

“Recently we found new big deposit of sapphire in Ethiopia in Tigray region and hope we will display new products of sapphire rough, cut and jewelry.” one of the JOGS Exhibitors, Geni Gems, was excited to share their newest discovery with us. You can find this rough and cut blue sapphire at booth E9, as well as the high-quality Ethiopian Emeralds that were found last year.

Turkish Diaspore

Ventura Gems and Minerals will be bringing Zultani-color change turkish diaspore rough and cut to the Show at booth E604 & E605.


With the JOGS Show opening up tents outside the venue for the first time, there is now more place for larger specimens, including larger-size fossils and more fossil dealers. This photo is from Oued Zem Foussil who will be at the JOGS Show for the first time this year.

Dumortierite Blue Rutilated Quartz Crystals

At the last Tucson Gem Show, these beautiful blue quartz crystals had just started to sneak into the market – but at the Denver Show we saw them explode in popularity, and we expect to see them all over the Tucson Gem Show as well.

Malachite Rough & Polished

The new outside tents at the JOGS Show have also opened up the doors for more rough dealers Рincluding African Art Minerals.

Lemurian Quartz

Such interesting specimenscan be found at the Show, including lemurian crystals and phantom quartz. These types of crystals can be found at these exhibitors booths: Beyond Rocks, Jadminer and Nativa Gems.

Arkanasas Quartz

Avant Mining, located in Blue Springs, Arkansas, produces the finest quartz crystals in the world! Their clarity, mirror luster, striations, phantoms, variety, and large size give them this distinction. In late 2014 into 2015 Avant broke into two pockets which are the largest finds of high quality ‚Äúrock crystal‚ÄĚ quartz ever documented. Avant will be located in a tent outside the JOGS Show.

Featured Tucson Gem Show 2018 Jewelry Designers

Every year, thousands of designers make their way to the Tucson Gem Show. Here are some of our featured jewelry designers for Tucson 2018!


Booth N916, JOGS Show – Sterling silver, handcrafted designer jewelry from Colorado. See Photos

Terra Marris by MiŇ°el

Booth S15, JOGS Show – Red coral-gems jewelry in gold and silver from Croatia. See Photos

Passione Gioielli

Booth S13, JOGS Show – High quality exclusive designer jewelry from Bangkok. See Photos

Gabriel Mosesson

Booth S3, JOGS Show – Gabriel is a gem cutter and jewelry artist specializing in Ethiopian Opals. He travels to Ethiopia to hand select the highest quality rough opals directly from the mines and then in his downtown Los Angeles studio he cuts or hand carves the opals and designs one of a kind settings for them. See Photos


Booth N918, JOGS Show – Production and one-of-a-kind art jewelry, stones, found objects, sterling silver jewelry, crafted from that materials collected while sailing the South Pacific See Photos

Grafit Hediyelik

Booth N917, JOGS Show – Improvised Handcrafted Silver Jewelry With Natural Stones from Turkey. See Photos

Anna King

Booth W721, JOGS Show – Sterling silver jewelry with semi-precious and unusual stones, Russian hand painted jewelry, currency and silver boxes. See Photos

More Designers

Interested in seeing more of the designers attending our Show? Here are photos from last year and here is the full list of our 2018 exhibitors.