Since I entered the jewelry industry, I've found myself curious about the Tucson jewelry show. Other jewelry and gemstone shows take place throughout the United States, and of course I love finding treasures during international trips. I kept hearing I needed to explore Tucson, that it was the best jewelry show to attend. This year, fresh from my adventures in Bali, I finally had the chance to explore the show.
Observing the scope of the Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show
To be honest, I had no idea of the scope of the show. For the first two weeks of February the entire town Tucson is taken over by the gem shows. Note that I used the term "gem shows," as there are 49 shows across the city. The Tucson Gem Shows are truly a leader in shows for exhibitors and buyers. Approximately 40,000 visitors come to Tucson for the shows each year, generating tens of millions of dollars in direct spending. That's a ton of people — and dollars spent!
My favorite part of the show
You can find anything and everything. Exhibitors offer buyers the chance to see, touch, and admire everything from dirt rocks to exquisite diamond necklaces. I adore so much about jewelry, from the way it looks to the way it can transform someone's mood.
What I love the most is that at the core, jewelry is built from dirt rocks and metals. Designers literally take materials that were once in the ground and create something new. The true beauty is in the transformation of the materials into elegant necklaces, rings, and bracelets.
Why jewelry designers shouldn't miss the Tucson Gem Show
Personally, I think the uniqueness of the Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show —besides its sheer size — is the scope of stones and metals that can be found from around the world. I saw so many stones I don't normally see, even during my travels.
I have to be honest, I gave in to a major gemstone wish list item. I could not help myself and had to buy 140 lb amethyst stone, also known as a geode. I've been home from Tucson for three weeks, and I still haven't found two strong men to help me carry this beautiful piece stone from trunk. Let me know if you can lend a helping hand!
Do you enjoy conventions and shows related to your job?