Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tucson - fossils and rough - day 6

I finally remembered to take some pictures today - but only at one venue :)  We were at the Howard Johnson hotel show this morning and went wandering around to see the fossils and gemstone rough.  I always like to see what the beautiful stones and gems that I use look like before the get cut and polished.  Here are a few of the gemstones in the rough.

Citrine

Peridot

Purple opal

Rhodonite

Tiger Eye

Turritela agate
And here are some cool fossils. I don't remember what the names of the critters are and I'm too lazy to look them up :)



And here's Manny from El Paso Rock Shop who answered our questions about the various stones and cracked open a few geodes so we could see the crystals inside.




And here I am in front of a mongo crystal

Tucson - Day 5

We've been busy for the past 4 days and I just haven't had the energy to blog about our days when we roll back to our condo.  We've visited many of my favorite vendors and found some wonderful beads and cabs.  Today's adventures took us to Holidome, Gem Mall and back to my favorite turquoise guys at the Howard Johnson show.  I didn't take a single shot of who we saw though I should have taken a picture of our barista at the Gem Mall food court.  She made a GREAT caffe mocha.  Here are some of the items we found today.   Have I mentioned how addicted I am to turquoise?  LOL!

Coin pearls - varying from not so great quality at the bottom to pretty decent quality at the top

Black onyx and fossil corral

More pearls!

Poppy jasper, red creek jasper and Montana moss agate

Royal beauty turquoise

Nevada blue turquoise and sleeping beauty turquoise

Friday, January 30, 2015

Tucson Day 2 - beads, beautiful beads!!!

Day 2 started out wet and just got wetter. In fact it was absolutely pouring rain at several points during the day.  Not to worry - the rain didn't stop me from visiting some of my favorite vendors. Our first visit was with Toyo Feng (Feng's Trading). Toyo always has wonderful beads in some different stones and cool shapes. I always come home with gorgeous, unique beads for me designs. Here is a picture of Toyo and I at this booth and pictures of some of the beauties I'm taking home :)
 

Toyo and me!
Green pyrite, burmese jade, angelite weed grass agate, yellow (dyed) agate, yellow calcite and yellow opal
Turquoise hearts, gorgeous carved turquoise rounds, turquoise barrels and amazonite (leaves and faceted twisted ovales)
Carved mother of pearl, dyed jade, dyed terra jasper, fossil coral and brown opal

Beautiful turquoise, including some sleeping beauty!
Hematite, eagle eye tiger eye (grey), dumorterite

After lunch at El Minuto Cafe we drove over to the Howard Johnson GIGM show, slogged through the mud and puddles and visited our favorite vendors over there - Nevada Turquoise Co.  Here we both are with them.

Dad, me and Shellbone
Dad, my mom and Shellbone
Royal Beauty Mine turquoise and some Sleeping Beauty cabs
More turquoise :)
And that was the extent of our day.  The plans for tomorrow aren't cast in stone but we'll probably go to Gem Mall and JOGS.  If some of my designer friends send requests I may visit with Shellbone and his dad on the way home tomorrow. And, if you're wondering, it's still raining.  According to the evening news the airport got over 1" of rain (at 6:30PM) which broke a record from the 80's.  Since it hasn't stopped raining I'm sure the airport total is probably closer to 2" now.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Some of my new designs ...

I can share some of my new designs.  My Etsy and ArtFire shops are in "vacation" mode while I'm in Tucson.  But they'll reopen when I get home next week and you'll be able to buy some of these designs then.


Orchid Stripe Earrings - Artisan lampwork, argentium and sterling silver - SOLD

Blue Venetian Hearts Earrings - Murano Venetian glass, blue lace agate, gold vermeil and gold filled

Pink Floral Bouquet - Artisan lampwork, Swarovski crystals, pink opal, freshwater pearls and sterling silver - SOLD
Orchid Abstract - Artisan lampwork, enamel on copper, Swarovski crystals and copper

Fancy Denim - Artisan lampwork, kyanite, argentium and sterling silver


Back to Tucson!

It's time for my annual pilgrimage to Tucson again and I'm there (or should I say I'm here :) ).  We got in late today so we didn't get to visit any of the gem venues.  I also forgot to get my camera out before we went to dinner or I would share a picture.  We ate at the Blue Willow restaurant (recommended by the owner of our rental) and it was pretty good.  If you're in the neighborhood of Campbell and E. Prince (it's actually several blocks south of E. Prince) give it a try.  Their menu looks like it's a good place for breakfast too!  I'll let you know tomorrow. ;)
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