Saturday, February 7, 2009

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show part 1

Starting at the very end of January and running for more than two weeks, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show attracts thousands of buyers, sellers, artists, nature lovers, art collectors, alternative types, Paisley and Salomé. Dozens of separate shows take over the entire city of Tucson and transform it into a funky international scene.

Cheesy hotels turn into bustling showrooms. Glimpse into any open door; beds are piled high with rubies, meteorites, hand made beads, Hill Tribe Silver and carved jade. Parking lots hold wooly mammoth tusks, fully articulated dinosaur skeletons, ethnographic art and man-sized fossils. Huge white tents on show-grounds are filled with purveyors of specialty tools, fine gemstones, carved bone, leather work, and more.

1 comment:

Richard said...

Interesting fact silver made in Thailand is only made in villages outside of the main cities by Hilltribe families. Most patterns have been in there family for many years and can only be made by large order. There are no stores or one central place to purchase Hilltribe silver in variety other than from the large wholesale shops in the city. Mondays and Fridays are the days families will bring their goods to the main shops for sale and to pick up new orders. A trip to a silver village is a real eye opener to see how families work together to make beautiful silver pieces of art. All Handmade.