This is Dan Chase from JTV's Merchandising Department - I will be sharing some behind the scenes looks of our team's adventures while in Tucson. I will be sharing some "sneak peeks" of our exciting Tucson buys, and a bit of a "Travelogue" showing you some of the sights of the City of Tucson.
Our team is enjoying the sunshine and warmer temperatures! Almost everyone of our team who is here faced multiple flight cancellations and delays - some up to three days! We are finally all here - on the ground - and on the move!
We have already had several meetings with suppliers - several of whom came in early to meet with us and give us first shot at their new inventory before it became open to the industry.
We have already purchased some beautiful Sphalerite, Aquamarine, Lavender Spinel, Amber and spectacular specimens.
Sr. Buyer Jay Boyle inspecting beautiful Spanish Sphalerite. This is an example of meeting that happened here in Tucson before the show ever opened. He negotiated a great deal and you will see this very soon on JTV and jtv.com!
Opening day at the AGTA Gem Fair. This exclusive show is by invitation only, to the trade only, and is held in the Tucson Convention Center. Although there are 40+ gem show venues our buyers spend a great deal of time meeting with trusted suppliers they have known for many years.
In this picture - I am holding a spectacular 200+ carat Tanzanite. The size and color of this stone is nothing short of amazing!.
Keep watching for more updates from Tucson 2014 - "On Location".