Playing with Dinosaurs and Shopping for Opals

Alisha and John - Playing with Dinosaurs

Alisha and John – Playing with Dinosaurs

Alisha and Marty at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Alisha and Marty at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Marty and John - Playing with Dinosaurs

Marty and John – Playing with Dinosaurs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alisha, John and I just returned from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. We went to buy opals and fire agates and to find sources for other specialty stones that are not readily available from the main stream gem stone suppliers.  It was Alisha’s first experience and it was important that I introduce her to many of my special gem sources in addition to teaching her how to approach to this megalithic show that encompasses much of Tucson; it’s tendrils reaching into every motel room and parking lot along side of Interstate 10, in addition to convention centers and tent sites throughout Tucson. (One would need three to four weeks and considerable stamina to visit all of the venues.)

John beside Megalithic Crystal at the Riverside Inn - Tucson Gem and Mineral ShowTucson Gem and Mineral Show

John beside Megalithic Crystal at the Riverside Inn – Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Alisha  beside Giant Amethyst Geode - Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Alisha beside Giant Amethyst Geode – Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are venues that specialize in gem stones and rough mineral material for the lapidarist, others that specialize in fossils, crystals, pearls, oceans of beads, Costco sized tents with buy and sell jewelry,  and parking lots overflowing with international imports. One can buy a pair of pliers for a dollar, or a laser printer for $35000.

Boulder and Korite Opals - Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Boulder and Korite Opals – Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Crystal Display - Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Crystal Display – Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve shopped this show every couple of years for nearly 20 years and at this point, more or less understand the timing and how to approach the various venues.

Trippy Trilobites - Tucson Fossil Show

Trippy Trilobites – Tucson Fossil Show

John and Marty examining Tourmaline Crystal Specimens

John and Marty examining Tourmaline Crystal Specimens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alisha was both overwhelmed and exhilarated by it all but adjusted quickly to the scene and the task at hand. John, who has been to the show 3 or 4 times when he was younger felt completely at home, but looked at the venue through more mature and entrepreneurial eyes. It was a joy to mentor both of my adult children; to watch and advise them with their purchases but to allow them to make their own choices in collecting their special treasures.

Opalized Ammonite - Tucson Fossil Show

Opalized Ammonite – Tucson Fossil Show

Painted Lady - Australian Opal Rough

Painted Lady – Australian Opal Rough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were away for five days with four full days to shop the many shows. John, now a junior at S.F.S.U. is taking chemistry, geology and religion and had a scientific and new age approach to the show. For the most part we stayed together to share our experiences, but at times we split up to cover more territory and to scout out booths that might be of interest to each other.

Amethyst Geode Formation - Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Amethyst Geode Formation – Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Boxed Mineral Specimens - Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Boxed Mineral Specimens – Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We laughed and played together and in the evenings over dinner, discussed philosophy, art, design and business.

In addition to being an artist and jeweler, I am a traveler.  I have been to the bone carving villages in Ubud, Bali and hope one day to visit Papua New Guinea and see these penis sheaths on live models:)

Bali Carvings - Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Bali Carvings – Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Papua New Guinea penis sheaths - Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Papua New Guinea penis sheaths – Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to Playing with Dinosaurs and Shopping for Opals

  1. Stephanie says:

    Awesome!!!! Thanks so much for sharing. Your family time together is the most excitable treasure. I’m sure you all scored big. Can’t wait to hear more. xox S

  2. Pamela Koussa says:

    I would like to purchase a few loose opals.

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