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Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows, Day 4

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This blog post is part of a series of reports by the staff of Bead&Button magazine, FacetJewelry.com and Kalmbach Books during the 2017 Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows.

Hello again!

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The weather remains sunny and beautiful- a definite contrast to the snow and cold I left behind in Wisconsin. It's really wonderful to be able to wander the sunshine-dappled aisles between tents and admire gemstones as they sparkle in the light.

Tucson offers much more than finished beads and jewelry. Rockhounds congregate here each year, searching for the perfect rough to polish into cabochons or shapes. Turquoise is practically a symbol of the American southwest, and there are plenty of booths and tents dedicated to the sky-blue stone alone.

Pearls are another popular specialty. What kind are you looking for? Freshwater, saltwater, keshi, perfect rounds, pink, blue, white, cream, indigo? You'll see it here.

Also, the staggering amount of metals at the shows is astonishing. It feels like the entire world's supply of gold and silver must be here in Tucson- in chain form, as a setting for precious stones or diamonds, or showcased alone in earrings, rings, etc. The beautiful matte finish gold jewelry I found at one booth- along with rose gold, white gold, and even black gold- really pops.

Off to see more... including stingray leather!

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