Treasures from Tucson

Tucson_showIf you have ever been to any kind of convention, you know that there are some things you should never be without: comfortable shoes, something to drink/eat, and some idea of the territory you want to cover while you’re there. For the most part, this isn’t too hard to do when the convention is in a single building. Perhaps you’ll do a quick once-around to get the lay of the land, collect some business cards, and make some mental notes of places you’d like to stop at again when you start Round 2. But can you imagine a convention that has not one, not two, but over 40 different locations to visit? Does such a mind-boggling event exist?! You betcha!

The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase has been happening every year in Tucson, Arizona since 1955, and it is spread out over the entire city. There are essentially 40-49 different conventions happening all at once, including raw (uncut) gem shows, fossil shows, glass shows, pearl shows, finished jewelry shows…the list goes on and on! Every space in the city that can be converted into a “mini-convention” is reserved from late January through the beginning of February: hotel bedrooms, lobbies, parking lots, tents, and lawns. Due to the sheer volume of vendors and customers present during this season, it is considered one of the premier gem & mineral shows in the world. And guess what? Blue Door Beads got to go this year! Check out some of the incredible new merchandise we just brought back:

Lovely lucite filigree components.

Lovely lucite filigree components.

Delicious gemstones from all over the world!

Delicious gemstones from all over the world!

Carved wooden beads, made to look like cinnabar.

Carved wooden beads, made to look like cinnabar.

A delightful mix of lampwork glass from Unicorne Beads and lightweight lucite beads.

A delightful mix of lampwork glass from Unicorne Beads and lightweight lucite beads.

Colorful tagua nut beads, aluminum discs from Lilly Pilly, and more!

Colorful tagua nut beads, aluminum discs from Lilly Pilly, and more!

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