Tucson 2013 was a huge SUCCESS!. This is Dan Chase, VP of Merchandising; I will be sharing some behind the scenes glimpses of this wonderfully crazy show. This how has been around since 1955 and is truly a "Treasure Hunt"!
This is one of my favorite landmarks in Tucson. It sits simply in the middle of a median in the road. This was my 16th year to visit this show - this sign is a fun reminder of my memories and friends made here over the years.
This year's visit to Tucson was bittersweet. We at JTV, as well as the overall gem industry made the trip this year without our beloved Jerry Sisk whom we lost suddenly on January 13. It will never be the same without him. This photo was taken during the Tucson Show last year with Vicki Hall, wife of co-founder - Bob Hall.
This is my friend Clement Sabbagh from Brazil. He is the one that brought us Colheita Fire Opal from Brazil - at this same time last year. It has been wildly successful and this year he did not disappoint us as he has brought forward another new gemstone treasure that I can't wait for you to see on air!
This spectacular specimen is a Fossil Crinoid Plate from Morrocco
While admiring the many treasures in Clement's booth - I noticed these beauties. The "needles" were absolutely glowing in the showcase lights.
These stones reminded me of Jerry - he loved our "Internal Treasures" brand that included many of these unique stones.
We met a talented designer who favors natural, organic designs. She actually molds the jewelry from actual leaves or flower blossoms. She was very fun to talk to, and is very passionate about her work.
These beauties were carved from Sardonyx and are truly pieces of art. We purchased a beautiful assortment of cameos which has been hand carved by Italian artisans.
In this booth we made an exciting find - this Brazilian family owns an Apatite mine.
These unique cabachons feature Apatie in quartz. Notice the beautiful pattens and vibrant colors. An example of rough prior to cutting, slicing and polishing.
This familiar sign was posted at the entrance to the Tucson Convention Center where the AGTA show was held. Each year there are over 40 different show venues around Tucson that feature Gems and Minerals.
Inside the lobby - a tribute to industry leaders who have been lost since the last Tucson Show. Note JTV's own Jerry Sisk is noted on the bottom.
Each year the JTV Gemstone Department awards outstanding partners for contributions in various initiatives. The Sabbagh Brothers won an award for outstanding product concept for their beautiful Colheita Fire Opal. Tom Ahles presented the award on behalf of JTV.
A brilliant 15+ carat oval mint garnet! The following images highlight some of the incredible sights seen during my visit to the various Gem Shows.
Very special Turquoise specimens from the Kingman Mine. They are unique due to their pattern of their matrix.
The three Musketeers...they say this wasn't planned! Dr. Jack Ogden - from Gem A in London...dressed appropriately in Tennessee Volunteer Orange ; greets Tim Matthews, JTV CEO along with Bob Hall JTV Co-Founder and Chairman.
Each year during our "family night" we celebrated Jerry Sisk's birthday. He would have been 60 on February 4th. To celebrate his birthday and life - we had these Tanzanite colored arm bands that were worn by the JTV team and multiple industry leaders.
There was a special collection on display from the Smithsonian - this incedible item is known as the The Peterson Tanzanite Brooch. Each Tanzanite weighs approx 15 carats, with 24 carats of Diamonds.
The Maharaja of Indore Necklace; 374 diamonds, 15 Columbian Emeralds. The center emerald weighs 45 carats.
According to the Phoenix New Times publication, El Tiradito is the only Catholic shrine in the United States dedicated to a sinner buried in unconsecrated ground. It is said that the man buried there died fighting for the love of a woman. Visitors to this area light candles for the man, hoping his soul will be freed from purgatory. Some of the nooks and crannies of El Tiradito even house the notes and letters of the heartbroken, prayers asking for healing of the heart.