The Tucson gem shows—all 40 plus of them—represent an annual favorite experience for many, and the AGTA GemFair Tucson venue is the home base for them all. The five-day show organized by the AGTA and held at the Tucson Convention Center represents some of the most reputable gemstone dealers working with the most rare, uncommon, and cleverly cut loose goods, with a few flat-out stunning finished items worked into the mix. During the show, I live tweeted images of pieces seen on the show floor and uploaded them to Instagram, too, but here’s a pictorial roundup of highlights from exhibitors.
Diamond and emerald tiara by Pioneer Gems
Ruby, diamond, and pearl earrings by Pioneer Gems
Prehnite beads from Robert Bentley
Creamsicle quartz from Robert Bentley
Carved citrine and topaz from Trozzo; email@example.com
Paraiba ring from Akiva Gil
Azurite with malachite from Bisbee, Ariz., from Gangi Gems
Drusy chrysocolla from the Atacama Desert in Chile, stash from the 1980s, from Gangi Gems
Bracelets in 18k gold vermeil with diamonds from Taj Co.
Fireball bead-nucleated Dragon Curl pearls drilled horizontally to show best luster from Sea Hunt Pearls
Mussel-shell nucleated pearls from Sea Hunt Pearls
Mozambique tourmaline and Paraiba necklace from Sutra
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