Well, a trip to Tucson any other time of the year would mean a relaxing time in the Arizona Desert and a little rest from the work-a-day madness that we all experience, but in February, it’s a whole different scene around Tucson! In February Tucson is the home, as you may well know, of the largest single gem & jewelry event anywhere on earth in any given calendar year! Every year gemstone dealers, jewelers, gemstone cutters, and the simply curious rub shoulders and have a chance to completely exhaust their eyes’ ability to focus by looking at hours and hours of gemstones and gem rough!

If you’re new to this business or hobby, as the case may be, let me clue you in. If you want to know what to expect as far as trends in the jewelry world, this is the place to come. There are two shows in Tucson every year, but the one in February is by far the main event of the jewelry year. Literally every space large enough for a jeweler or gemstone broker to set up and show his wares is occupied with just that activity! In a phrase anyone that is anyone is …

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