Under the Tucson Sun

The AGTA GemFair shows its true colorsThe American Gem Trade Association has done more than apply a fresh coat of paint to its annual GemFair, coming to the Tucson Convention Center Feb. 5–10. Visitors can expect to find some big changes to this year’s gathering.For starters, the redesigned main show floor will house the Design Pavilion, which had been stationed in the Grand Ballroom. The pavilion will include a Prevue Promenade section featuring 10 new designers, while the Grand Ballroom space will feature a new Tools, Technology, and Services Pavilion (TTSP). The tech section also will host twice-daily “At the Bench Live” demonstrations organized by Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America as well as hands-on exhibits by the Palladium Alliance International.What’s more, AGTA president Doug Hucker promises a greater spirit of cooperation with some of Tucson’s well-tra

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