Return to Tucson

Diamonds were big news—but not a big draw—in Tucson again this year. For over a decade, loose diamond dealers have made the pilgrimage, and colored diamond dealers like Aminzade's Natural Fancy Color Diamond Company continue to participate and do well. Some people feel that diamonds—colorless as well as fancy color—are in Tucson to stay, and this year they held their own diamond show, which was located at the historic Mayor's residence, the Manning House, built around the turn of the 20th century. (It now houses the office of Senator John McCain.) The show advertised 21 dealers, but by show time, only 11 were there to work. Peter Kaplan brought his inventory of natural fancy colored natural diamonds. Nomenclature for Kaplan's goods—"natural color, natural diamonds"—may sound redundant, but directly opposite Kaplan was Alex Grizenko of Lucent Diamonds, presenting gem-quality

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