Last February’s Tucson Gem and Mineral Show was the most enjoyable in my twenty years of attendance. While the vendors gave mixed reviews, our attendees seemed to find everything on their wish lists. This educational trip is gemology’s best classroom, but yes, we do let our students buy gemstones and jewelry from vendors who come from throughout the world. This makes any local gem show pale by comparison. Actually, the Tucson show is a collection of a about three dozen venues with dealers from every corner of the world. It is where many retail jewelers (even internet and TV jewelers) buy inventory, establish business relationships and keep up on trends in the marketplace. Most venues are set up only for the industry – not the public, ensuring true wholesale prices. We bring interested students who have completed Gemstone Identification and Gemstone Evaluation and then sign up for Ted’s Tucson Tour. Will we see you in Tucson next year?
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