Tucson Gem Shows Day 2
Our second day in Tucson we were able to attend 2 shows: the AGTA Show (American Gem Trade Association) and the GJX Show (Gem & Jewelry Exchange). Both are shows with exquisite fine precious gemstones, both cut and raw as well as finished fine jewelry. Here are some of our favorites.
Every year in Tucson there are certain stones that are more widely available and it changes from year to year. The first year we came to the gem shows was a tanzanite and opal year, for example, and these stones in every shape, hue and size, polished and rough were available. This year is definitely a tourmaline year. Here are some amazing cut and polished tourmalines. You can see every color that tourmaline comes in:
According to Egyptian legend, tourmaline passed through a rainbow on its journey from the earth’s center to the surface, which is why it appears in many varied colors: black, colorless, brown, violet, yellow, orange, blue, aqua (Paraiba tourmaline) red, green, pink, or bi-colored (Watermelon tourmaline), or even tri-colored. All tourmaline is both piezoelectric and pyroelectric, meaning they produce an electrical charge and can become electrically charged by rubbing the stone or with temperature change.
Black Tourmaline is a powerful protection and grounding stone, electrical in nature, providing a connection between Earth and the human spirit. It promotes self-confidence and power while neutralizing any internal negativity. Green Tourmaline ranges in color from light green to dark forest green and is known for its physical healing properties. It resonates with the energy vibrations of nature, promoting growth, abundance and health. It is the masculine counterpart to the feminine heart energies of Pink Tourmaline. Pink Tourmaline ranges in color from plan pink to deep red; it joins love and spirituality, encouraging compassion and gentleness during periods of growth and changes. Watermelon Tourmaline is a super activator of the Heart Chakra with both pink and green tourmaline in one stone. While Pink Tourmaline is associated with the emotions, Green Tourmaline is beneficial in one’s physical being. Together they link to the higher self, and are believed to bring true joy to one’s life and relationships.
Here's a great example of Ametrine. Amethyst + Citrine = Ametrine. They are essentially the same stone (sister stones) and when Amethyst is heated it will turn into a citrine!
Mesmerizing polished opals. Australia is famous for it's variety of opals.
An Australian aboriginal legend tells that The Creator came down to earth on a rainbow to deliver a message of peace to all humans. On the exact spot where he landed, the rocks became alive with all the colors of the rainbow and opals were born. Opal acts as a prism within the aura, bringing a full spectrum of Light energy to the system, soothing and clearing the emotional body, and boosting the will to live and the joy of one’s earthly existence. It promotes optimism, enthusiasm and creativity, and allows for the release of inhibitions inspiring love and passion. Uniquely, opals always contain water- usually between 2% and 6%. Therefore, opal jewelry should be worn as much as possible to assure that the gemstone receives enough moisture from the environment. Without it, the opal’s color will pale.