Since my elbow is a bit under the weather (long, boring story, trust me - and now comes the part where you can all crack some jokes!) I've been reduced to laying down my jewelry pliers for a few days and picking up my camera and finally snapping some pics of the gorgeous little treasures I snatched up while freezing my buns off down in Tucson during the gem show.
Mind you, this is only a sneak peak, but I wanted to post a couple of shots to help you start drooling this week - incase you had a boring Monday or something!
Anyhoo,...I'll leave you with these,.....no explanations needed, right?!
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and healing vibes! (and drooling mouths!)
How many of you feel like a queen (or at least a princess) when you wear pearls? Not just your average strand of pearly whites, either. I'm talking fun, colorful, hip, trendy, fashion-forward pearls, too! I feel absolutely heavenly when I wear pearls. Fresh, sexy, alluring - yep, that's how pearls make me feel!
Here's some tips on wearing your pearls this month (and every month!):
Chain Gang! Stuff your long, rocker-style chains in your purse and throw them on after work with your pearls and you’re ready for tonight’s mixer. While you show off your chic, trendy side, your pearls highlight the softness of your face against the night lights of the city and you’re seen as instantly classic, sexy and vibrant!
Wow! The 2010 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (and, Bead Shows, too!) were fantastic this year - as usual.
Each year we try to find some super "fun" things to bring back and play with like these super-cool multi-colored stones pictured above and the mod peace signs you see at the bottom of this post - how fun are these!?!
We had a great time walking around and drooling over all the beautiful gemstones, beads, carvings, fossils and everything in between!
We met some new people and swapped stories of "Who's got the best,......and what show are they at this year?" We chatted with some familiar faces and trusted vendors, watched cool demonstrations on Kumihimo Braiding, Stamping, Metal Etching, Pearl Knotting and much more!
We've returned from Tucson and have finally 'cataloged' all our our items and wanted to share some of our cool treasures and also some of our "Just for the fun of it" finds with you as well.
We visited so many vendors and places and here are just a few:
Majestic Pearl - Pearls, Pearls, and MORE Pearls!!
Pearl Concepts - Your guessed it - Pearls!
Anil Kumar - Beautiful gemstones, silver and vermeil findings. (510-498-855)
The Realm of the Goddess - 24k gold dipped leaves, chain galore, pendants, and more.
Cargo Hold - Wonderful selection of pendants, chain and findings.
Beaducation - Geat supplier for metal stamping tools, online classes and jewelry supplies.
Hip Chick Beads - Charms, clasps, stamping tools, connectors, etc.
Object and Elements - Cool findings, great designs.
The Fiber Goddess - Exotic, hand-dyed fibers, kits for weaving/braiding cords, etc.
Rio Grande - Catalog in Motion - way cool tools!
Swarovski Crystal - Crystals, Crystals and more Crystals!!
Bokamo Designs - Boro Glass Beads - Beauitufl!!
Kent's Tools - Tools, tools, and more cool tools!
1239 Corp - Semi-Precious Stones and Pearls (212-889-0555)
Evergreen Trading Co - Freshwater Pearls (626-279-2723)
Shivam Imports - Precious and Semi-Precious Gemstones and Diamonds
Prominent Gems and Rough - Gemstone Beads and Loose Gem Stones (212-730-1562)
The Bead Palce - Beads, Beads, and more Beads!
Queenly Global Trading - Beads, Crystals, Pendants and More!
Peace, Love and Pearls, Baby!!
(And all kinds of fun finds from the Tucson Gem/Mineral and Bead Shows!!)
We're back from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show with all our 'treasures' - lots of pretty pearls, gemstones and more! (pictures in another entry - I promise)
We're going to be posting some links and photos of a few of the great people/vendors we met while at the gem show, too - so stay tuned for that as well. We would like you to have the opportunity to visit their websites or local shops if you're in their area - so we'll get some of these up with in the week.
Also, come March, we're going to be doing some jewelry fashion reviews, telling you about some really cool designers (both established ones and up-and-coming ones!), and gathering information to share with you regarding spring and summer's latest trends and what to watch for through out the year, so check back often!
Until next time!
Peace, Love and Pearls!
I love Tucson! My son was born there, so that makes it pretty special. Living there for 6 years was nice, too. But the absolute best thing about Tucson, aside from my family and friends who live there and my friend Nina's wonderful cooking, is the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show!
It's THE gem and mineral show of the year (seriously!) and it's such a behemoth that it's simply referred to by those in the industry as "Tucson". Yep, no need to say more!
I'm so exited to meet w/my suppliers and peruse the vast selections of lusterous pearls, lucsious gemstones and everything else that goes along with "Tucson", that I can hardly stand myself!! (and at this point, neither can anyone else!)
Along with all the wonderful gem/mineral and fossil shows there's almost as many bead shows in town. And if there's beads, then there's all sorts of wonderful things that go along with beads, like silver and gold findings, more beads, and of course classes and workshops!
Speaking of classes and workshops, not only will I be "Shopping Till I Drop" while I'm in Tucson, but I'll be teaching some wire work classes at the Manning House Bead Show that's being held at the beautiful and historic Manning House Mansion between February 3rd and 8th, 2009.
You'll want to take either my "Eye Catching Ear Candy" class that's super fun and packed with tons of techniques and designs, or, for those of you who want a bold, signature necklace, I'm teaching my "Hammered Chain and Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant Necklace" class complete with hammering, texturing, forming and wire wrapping. Follow the links above to read all the details and to sign up - I'd love to have you in one of my classes this year!
Be sure to sign up soon though because registration for my classes will be closing shortly so I can pack up and make the long drive south! Okay, so it's only a 2 hour drive from Phoenix to Tucson, but I'm spoiled because I don't travel much outside my littel 5 mile radius - thanks to the internet!
Here's a great article about the 2008 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show that was in Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist Magazine - it's packed with valuable information! And, for those attending the show this year, visit Colored Stone - The Tucson Show Guide to view all the show locations, complete with dates and times, vendor lists, shuttle schedules, and information on things around town like where to eat, stay and play.
Okay, so I could tell you that I'll be giving nightly updates here on my blog about all that's uniquely "Tucson", but honestly, I'll be ogling my 'daily stash', feasting on Nina's gourmet cooking and sipping wine w/her and the family. And then there's that thing called SLEEP,...if you want to keep up the pace again the next day! But I promise to do all I can to keep you in the loupe! (I mean loop!)
So, come join in the fun and feel the energy! After all - it's "Tucson"!!
Until then, have a good one!
P.S. - Okay, Just FYI - My posts will normally NOT be this long - Honest!! Really,.....