How to Shop the Tucson Shows

COLIBRI CONSOLIDATES ITS SHIMAN OPERATIONS The most important event for colored stone sales is actually more than 20 events. The Tucson gem and mineral shows, which take place every February, provide a preview of trends that influence the industry for the entire year. Tucson is the place to view innovations, discover what's selling, and stock up on color. Nowhere else will you find as many gemstone choices. Predicting the trends. This year's event will spotlight a number of new gemstone finds. Rubellite tourmaline from the new Nigerian deposits will be plentiful. The color of the bright red material is reported to be natural. The new rubellite is also cleaner than most red tourmaline, which tends to be heavily included, like emerald. Also new from Nigeria is bright burnt orange spessartine garnet, a good fashion coordinate if earth tones remain popular. Keep your eyes open for Chin

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