Tucson Gem Shows Day 1

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Jan 31st we began our trip. That day, we were lucky enough to see sunrise at JFK airport and sunset over the mountains in Tucson AZ. The first day after we checked into the hotel we gathered our thoughts and rested. It's important to begin a trip like this with a calm, clear mind because going to the gem shows is visually exhausting especially for visually creative people, like us!                                 

We started at the JOGS Gem and Jewelry Show, a mixed show of loose precious stones, finished jewelry and raw, uncut mineral and gem specimens. Here are a few of our favorite finds:

Raw Ethiopian Opals:

 

 

 

 

The outer shells and lip of these spiny oysters are used to make beads and cabochons for jewelry:

                                         

 

Here's a great example of citrine in different forms! One is a raw citrine crystal set in a ring, while the other is a HUGE citrine crystal druzy. Imagine how many rings you could make from that one piece- check out all the crystals!

                               

Citrine: The stone of happiness and sunshine! Derived from the Latin word for citrus, citrines are said to carry the power of the sun; thus, crystal therapists use them to this day for helping overcome depression, fears and phobias. Citrine’s sister stone is amethyst, and when heat-treated an amethyst will transform into a citrine. Citrine is one of the two minerals on the planet that neither accumulates nor retains negative energy and clears negative energy of other stones, spaces and people. It is the birthstone for November.
 
Inspiration for a new Spring pastel color palette: (from top to bottom) Amethyst, prehinite, multicolored morganite, chalcedony, pink opal and mixed amazonite. 

 

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