Tucson Gem Shows: Our Finds!

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The Tucson Gem Shows are the premier jewelry, gem and mineral shows in the country. This precious time we get, just once a year is both inspiring and grounding. We have so many amazing ideas for new designs and new ways to use gemstones in meaningful ways. It's always such a learning experience, both visually and intellectually!

Here are just a few things we picked up at the Tucson Gem Shows, including this inspiration for a new necklace with lava stone chain, a green tourmaline pendant  & green onyx and amazonite drops:



Left: Moonstone chain (with black rhodium plated sterling silver)

Right: Gray Moonstone in faceted teardrop beads (right).

According to Hindu legend moonstone is made of solidified moonbeams and you could see the future if you held a moonstone in your mouth during the full moon. It’s known as “dreamstone” because of it’s unique ethereal glow, or chatoyancy, it is used to bring it’s owner sweet dreams and restful sleep. Also a powerful protection stone, providing the light and guidance of the moon for those who travel at night. Moonstone is tied to the magic of the moon; it’s waxing and waning creates the tides and the rhythms of the Earth, influencing our behaviors, emotions and spiritual growth. Moonstone calms and encourages, teaching us the natural rhythms of life. Moonstone is also known as “The Goddess Stone”: it is the ultimate fertility stone and a gem of love and eroticism, stimulating the kundalini energy and carnal desires. Beneficial for pregnant women and also for relieving hormonal fluctuations and menstrual symptoms in women. 





Left: Cat's eye green Tourmaline in natural tumbled nuggets with natural tourmaline coloring in blue. Can you spot the tiny watermelon tourmaline in that strand? 

Right: Natural green Tourmaline crystal beads (they grow naturally in long, striated crystals like that)


Tourmaline: 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. 

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.



Natural Gemstone druzy rings!

Left: Amethyst and Crystal quartz stalactite slice rings set in sterling silver.

Right: Desert druzy quartz rings in varied natural colors and titanium dusted iridescent, set in sterling silver. 



Left: Faceted gemstone rings in (from left to right) labradorite, moonstone, rose quartz and chalcedony set in 18-kt gold vermeil.

Right: Natural opals with orange/green flash with black diamonds, set in sterling silver



Green (Tsavorite Garnet) and Yellow Sapphire:

Green garnets are commonly known as Tsavorite, while orangey-brown and yellow garnets are known as Hessonite garnets. The latter has a deep-rooted connection with Sri Lanka through the ancient spice trade and is also known as “the cinnamon stone”. Tsavorite is a stone of manifestation, prosperity, vitality, and benevolence. It aids in finding the inner beauty both in oneself and others. It is said to help one live one's own destiny rather than struggling along a path that is not truly theirs. Thus it relieves stress at a deep level.

Sapphires come in many colors, including pink, yellow and orange. Different colors of sapphire have additional color energies but all are Stones of Wisdom. Yellow sapphire is stone of attracting financial wealth and bringing ideas to fruition. It stimulates the intellect which helps form ideas and goals, then focuses that intent through the Solar Plexus Chakra, “the will center” to manifest those goals.


Imperial Topaz: Topaz soothes, heals, stimulates, recharges, reinvigorates and aligns the meridians of the body – directing energy to where it is needed most. It promotes truth and forgiveness and stabilizes emotions. Topaz presents in a variety of colors, from blue to yellow, pink and red; pure topaz is colorless. Different colors of Topaz have additional color energies along with the energy of the Topaz itself. Imperial (golden) topaz is associated with the Power Chakra bestows charisma and confidence on its wearers. It’s main power is its ability to aid in manifesting your intentions with clarity and faith in ‘the process’.


White Topaz stud earrings set in black rhodium-plated sterling silver. White topaz helps you clarify your thoughts and intentions with an orderly approach; you can use the energy vibrations of this stone to aid you to manifest the things you want in life.


Left: Baltic amber charms set in sterling silver

Right: sterling silver charms with 2 microns of 18-kt gold plating. 


Amber: An organic gem (the product of living organisms and biological processes), amber is the fossilized sap or resin of prehistoric trees. The sap that formed amber used today is estimated between 320 million and 2.5 million years old! Based on archeological findings in the French Pyrenees, Paleolithic man stored amber in caves 15,000 years ago. Found in caves on the shores of the British islands, this Baltic amber washed ashore and was carved into beads between 13,000 and 11,000 years ago. A prehistoric and beautiful material, amber will generate a slight electric charge when rubbed with a cloth. It is used mystically to bring the energies of patience, protection, psychic shielding, romantic love, sensuality, purification, balance, healing and calmness to those who wear or carry it. Brings a care free, sunny disposition, promotes success and good luck, dissolves oppositions.


It was SO amazing sharing our experiences with you all! THANK YOU for reading!

More amazing blog posts to come.


Liz & Eva



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