Tightwad’s Tour of Tucson 2008

This year’s tour of the American Gem Trade Association’s GemFair featured enough candyesque stones and beads to rival the most well-stocked Mr. Bulky. Prices were another treat, as many unusual and often overlooked gems and minerals like druse drew in JCK senior editor Jennifer Heebner like a bee to honey. While many of the finds at the 42 shows were pretty enough to eat, JCK‘s hungry reporter resisted, instead bringing back images and details—and surreal candy-filled visions—of sweet buys.