Next Stop Tucson!

How to make the most out of the year’s biggest gem showAs far as the American Gem Trade Association is concerned, this winter will be anything but white. That’s because the organization’s annual Tucson GemFair 2011 is right around the corner. Held at the convention center in ­Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 1–6, the annual colored stone extravaganza is—like many of its gemstones—a one-of-a-kind: Nowhere else in the world do designers, manufacturers, retailers, miners, rock hounds, and jewelers descend upon a single venue to buy, sell, discover, and celebrate colored stones.AGTA CEO Doug K. Hucker says that with the custom jewelry market growing and retail inventories depleted, this year’s gathering will be even more vibrant.“Custom design is a product category where many retailers are thriving,” says Hucker. “What I’m seeing in general is that attitudes are more upbeat, feelin

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