Tucson Roundup

There were 26 gem shows in Tucson, Ariz., this year, in 35 venues. While parking lots and shuttle vans appeared to be full, show aisles were comfortable for shoppers. Dealers reported mixed results, but most agreed that while traffic was light, attendees were buying. A few exhibitors, however, felt that this was one of their worst shows in the past 20 years. The shows featured night after night of gatherings, meetings, and an earful of industry politics. Hot topics included the link between tanzanite and terrorism and the new heat/diffusion-treated pink-orange/padparadscha sapphire from Thailand. While traditionally outside the realm of colored gems, fossils, and minerals, the small diamond show at the Manning House is surviving. Approximately 600 visitors kept the diamond dealers on their feet, if not on their toes. New at the show were three diamond debates—on HPHT, Ideal cut, an
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