Posts Tagged ‘Tucson Gem Show’

January 31st: Not so “New Year” Anymore

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Resolutions? Yes, not to feel achy, feverish and down-right blah. Head hurts, muscles are sore, nose is red and even things hot… a bath, mint tea, my husband… aren’t doing the trick. I’m miserable.

Paul left for Minnesota again this morning after buying these. (I can’t even believe I’m showing you this. I am a fright!!)

Yes, he went out and bought a 25-pack (“Twenty-five??!!” He said it was all they had) of these face masks to wear on his flight back to ShopNBC today. I would imagine he’ll fly home in one on Sunday all chipper and cured of his cold just so we can turn around on Tuesday and fly, wearing them of course (after all, we have 25!!), to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. (We’ll be the ones on the plane looking like we really ought to be quarantined)

Who knows, maybe we’ll start a Fashion Trend for Flyers. Perhaps wearing them even ought to be a law! And, with all of this down time on my hands, I think I’ll get out the markers and start drawing. A nice set of red lips would look good on my mask, don’t you think? (Or, should I put them on Paul’s? ha) That’ll let the world know that I know I look ridiculous, but that I’m gladly doing my part to maintain a germ-free zone. Other passengers may even ask if we have extras. (Suddenly, 25 doesn’t sound like nearly enough)

Just remember, even in a face mask…

Always Rock Your Full Potential ~

~ Judy

Around The World In An Hour

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

After developing my photos from our recent trip to Tucson, I realized how many countries we had visited in a single afternoon! The South American tent took us to Peru.

The Madagascar tent showed us interesting fossils and the most beautiful Labradorite 

And yes, we went to Africa and Australia as well.

Not only do we have the opportunity to see the latest cuts or colors of beautiful gemstones, like these faceted opals from one of our favorite suppliers to Jewelry Television,

but we come to appreciate the laborious process of searching for these treasures.

You may tune in to a shopping channel and feel like you see an abundance of beautiful baubles. But from this perspective, we’re reminded that it takes many months (in some cases, years) to mine and sort them; cut and polish them; design and set them¬†

into magnificent pieces of wearable art.

The annual Tucson Show is not the end of the journey… it’s just the beginning. But, it IS the culmination of a lot of hard work!

Styling Your Full Potential ~

Judy

Tucson Talk

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Tucson, Arizona is just buzzing with enthusiasm and excitement every year at this time. The first week in February, it becomes the site of the largest gem and mineral show in the world. Vendors and buyers alike are here on a quest for new material, uniquely cut stones and large parcels of Mother Nature’s latest creations. The customer is always on our minds. (Of course, if one happens to come home with a selfishly bought new bauble, well, that’s just a well-earned reward for all the hard work that can extend into the wee hours)

My recent post on Facebook generated 35 good guesses as to what this pretty new purple-veined material might be. So far, though, no one has accurately identified it. So, the game is still ON! Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

A huge bonus of our annual trek to Tucson is, of course …

…¬† the food! We can’t seem to veer from our favorite foods at our favorite restaurants. There’s just nothing like that table- side guacamole at La Fuentes or the entertaining Cowboy atmosphere of Lil’ Abners.

And the views? Well, there’s no question. It’s just a little slice of heaven.

Styling Your Full Potential ~

Judy

Gemstone Fashion In Tucson

Friday, February 19th, 2010

003Amethyst Geode Turquoise Fashion is often inspired by colors found in nature. Judging by the extraordinary beauty of these gemstones, you can certainly understand why.

My husband, Paul, and I recently attended the Tucson Gem Show, the largest international gem and mineral show in the world. Your head feels like its on a swivel. You don’t want to miss a thing. Gaspeite, malachite, hematite, sugalite, morganite, opal (sigh), tiger’s eye, amber, lapis, crystal, ruby, sapphire, jade (oh my), fire opal, jasper, agate, coral, emerald, garnet (inhale), peridot, aquamarine, turquoise, amethyst, aventurine, diamond (exhale).

You name it (well, and sometimes you can’t! ha), it’s there.

Kangaroos carved in crystalIguana carved in agateSwans carved in crystal

As beautiful as the gemstones themselves are, the creativity they often inspire can be downright breathtaking. Rest your mouse on the photographs above to learn which gemstones were used for these carvings.