Colored Stones: New Sources, New Interests

Rich new gem finds as well as consumers' growing income and interest in variety suggests a good year for colored stones. An exceptional extravaganza is shaping up for the gem and minerals shows in Tucson beginning later this month. First, 1995 was an extraordinary year for new and rich gem finds all around the world. Many of the gems from these sources will debut in Tucson. Second, the U.S. economy is growing, albeit modestly, as is the disposable income of many Americans. This should mean supply and demand are well balanced this year. Indeed, colored gem sales started to rise last year. "In the last quarter of 1995, our gem sales picked up dramatically - especially for larger, beautiful, high-ticket material," says Gina Taylor of Taylor Gem Corp., Sacramento, Cal. She and most other gem dealers contacted by JCK say demand will be stronger than ever this year for individual, design
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