Kathleen Lynagh Jewelry Design
Custom Jewelry Designer and Maker in San Diego

Jewelry Design

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Tucson Jewelry Show

 

The annual International Tucson Gem Show is a must for any gem and jewelry lover. I have been attending this since I was a buyer for a design studio in Oakland, in the early 90's.  Seems like ages ago. But I never grow tired of the amazing sights to behold, tables piled high with gems and pearls. It is crazy!

This mega show (45 separate shows) is a wonderful place to meet industry peers (55,000 people in two weeks, not including the vendors), attend workshops and even movie screenings. This year's show was filled with beauty; slices of gems, black gold with white gold, yellow gold and rose gold to list a few. Precious gems every where.

Emerald bracelet - on my wish list for certain

Perhaps I should have one of these as well

Strands of large rough cut  aquamarine  caught my eye. Large Aquamarine nuggets - could make a cool bracelet.

Strands of large rough cut aquamarine caught my eye. Large Aquamarine nuggets - could make a cool bracelet.

There were tents the size of football fields  filled with trays of colorful gems, each with all different kinds of cuts.

JCK Tucson provided a special screening of the movie "Sharing the Rough" by Orin Mazzoni. A documentary about the journey of a gem from the mine to the market. A wonderful film that chronicles the journey of a singular East African gemstone to a finished piece of jewelry.

Special screening of the film - Sharing the Rough

Special screening of the film - Sharing the Rough

Tucson - a wonderful placed filled with gems.

Tucson - a wonderful placed filled with gems.