A Tale of Tucson

Living up to its reputation as the world's largest collection of gem fairs, the 2005 Tucson gem and mineral shows had more of everything, including some unusual gems, along with a few items you should be aware of. Availability. There was no Nigerian tourmaline strike or Madagascar ruby find to give Tucson a standout gem this year. Instead, all stones had a chance to be noticed. The range of choices, amounts, and qualities made Tucson a buyer's dream. Or nightmare for those who couldn't remember which stone was where or had trouble deciding which stone was the better buy. The Ordinaries. There were a few well-known standouts in the "usual suspects" category. Gems like unheated Burma sapphires, tanzanites, and spessartine garnets were abundant, and priced well for everyone. Peridot from Arizona and Pakistan was readily available, as were Mexican fire opals, blue chalcedony, and red spi

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