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Tucson 2014 Review

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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Anyone remotely interested in colored gemstones in the jewelry industry, is fully aware of the important role the Tucson Show plays in setting expectations and standards for the whole world gem market. This could be regarding availability of rough in different gem materials, popularity of gemstones and colors, and an update on current market prices on all categories of gems.

tucson gem show agtaBeing on constant watch for all of these factors, we continually fine-tune our buying to allow us to service our customers competitively and offer the best value. We are pleased when we are assured of this fact by positive feedback from customers buying at our booth, with so many shopping options available in Tucson!

This year we had great interest shown in our whole range of fancy colored sapphires and blue sapphires. Our Spinel trays were pulled out of the showcases ongoingly as well as our Tsavorites and Spessartites. We got many remarks on the great selection of Aquamarines and Tourmalines we carry, which include many great matched pairs, not a common occurrence.

In general, we sold many more of our finer stones than our medium quality in most varieties of gems and ranges of color. The overall mood of the gem hall was positive and upbeat and buyers seemed more focused and busy taking care of their “To-Do” lists. All of these factors, signs of a stronger year ahead for all of us.

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JCK Las Vegas 2011 – Gem 2000

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011


The biggest show of the year, the JCK Gem and Jewelry Show, is just a few weeks away. Veteran buyers and first timers alike are equally in for all things new and changed this JCK, 2011. The new venue for this show, Mandalay Bay, promises an improved and updated show experience for all of us. New routines and strategies will have to be adapted by exhibitors and buyers alike to maximize the efficiency of the use of our time and energy, these two being elements we run short of often at these larger events.
I recommend a quick review of floor plans, knowing ahead where all of your targeted destinations are located, and the order in which you visit them.
AGTA has its own ballroom spaces at the Mandalay Bay Beach Level, and actually offers the buyers two extra buying days. AGTA opens one day prior to the main show and closes one day after the main show, allowing for more focused buying time for jewelers, manufacturers and designers attending the JCK Show from all over the world.
Presently, we have a great selection of quality fine single stones in a large variety of gems, so come and visit us early. To help you plan your time and for us to give you our undivided attention, you can call and set up an appointment with us.  1-800-545-9555 We look forward to seeing you at our booth

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Mid-America Jewelry Show

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

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Mid-American Jewelry Show

Columbus Convention Center

August 21 & 22, 2010 Booth #208

Like the weather, we too prepare to shift gears in our business and personal lives this time of the year. Summer, a time to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the slower paced lazy days, is ending and schools start everywhere. For many of us, another thing that signalizes the end of summer is the Mid-America jewelry Show, taking place here in Columbus, Ohio.

Having exhibited at it for over 20 years, we are excited this year about the change of venue. Though still at the conveniently located Columbus Convention Center, the show has been moved to the newly renovated Battelle Grand Ballroom, which is promised to be a much more beautiful and intimate setting, enhancing the overall feel of the show. We encourage all of you to take advantage of this convenient and inexpensive regional show close to you, and help get yourselves focused for business this fall.

The area around the Convention Center also has a lot to offer visitors, with a great selection of restaurants and night life right there in the Short North, a growing and emerging happening part of town. It will prove to be a fun weekend well spent for all who decide to come and visit us.

Right now, we have some new and interesting items in our inventory as well as our great selection of fine quality gems in popular and salable ranges, perfect for all tastes and budgets.

As we talk to our customers we hear that many jewelers are experiencing healthy profit margins in their offering of custom designs with colored gems and wish to expand and build on that business. So if you already haven’t tried it, start small and offer something new to your customers, making you their Color destination.

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The 2009 Columbus Jewelry Show

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Columbus Convention CenterWe exhibited at the Columbus Jewelry Show this past weekend. It is held every year end of August at the Columbus Convention Center, which is a great location being in the downtown area and the Short North district with many other things to do and see, along with a large assortment of great restaurants. As an exhibitor, I like the fact that we can just walk across the street and buy lunch at the North Market, a great indoor market of specialty food items by local vendors, and this year I was tempted to shop at the farmers market right by it on Saturday on the way to back to my booth!!

We have been exhibiting at this show for over 20 years and have seen how certain shows grow or contract for a variety of reasons. Some main factors would be the timing and proximity of other shows and of course this year the big “E” word. So, yes because the economy is not back in full swing we did not have very high expectations, particularly based on the buyers of this regional trade show, and the line we carry. Only a handful of true gem lovers or gem buyers attend this show, yet we were able to make contact with some new stores who were pleased to see the quality and range of colored gems we carry, and want to use us as a quality supplier in the future.

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On Friday, the day before this two day show, there had been a great variety of classes and seminars offered to the buyers and the American Gem Trade Association had also taken part in them, promoting color. Since Kambiz Sabouri is the vice president of the AGTA, having their representatives in our town made it more special and we got to spend some extra time with them.

Since many of us are in this business for the long haul, we have learned to ride the ups and downs, trying new approaches and preparing for changes that we see happening. For example, our wonderful website with its online inventory search and images has been very warmly received by our customers and our presence on Polygon.net has gotten some good feedback.

Our main focus has always been and will remain, quality gems at all price points, competitive pricing and exceptional service. All along, we have not hesitated to constantly share our up to date knowledge and expertise regarding gems, educating and helping our customers become more informed jewelers. Many appraisers have also commented on how helpful we are to them since we deal in and know about such a large range of gems.

The challenge is not to loose sight of what our passion is and what we do the best, meanwhile being aware and staying on top of the changes in supply, distribution patterns and buying trends. I have a feeling we will be heading back to principles of enduring quality and true value as we evolve and mature as consumers.



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Visit Gem 2000 at the Columbus Jewelry Show

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

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Come visit us at the Columbus Jewelry Show. Booth # 509

August 22-23, 2009, the Columbus Convention Center

Cozy and comfortable, this show is very manageable in size and covers a great group of diverse vendors to service all of your different jewelry needs. So take advantage of this very affordable venue to shop for what you need. For more information on the Columbus Jewelry Show click here.

We carry a beautiful assortment of quality color gemstones, hand picked to offer the best value and price, whatever your customers’ budget might be. Come and visit us to see what we have and how we can help you generate excitement and sales in colored gems.

Our 25 years of experience and expertise is there to guarantee you the best choices and follow up service; supporting you to become the choice “gem” destination store.





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The Instore Show – Chicago

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

The Instore Show took place in Chicago, April 19-20, 2009 for the first time. Their magazine’s content, organization, and constant improvement had encouraged us to commit to exhibiting, when they had first talked about it, over a year ago. Of course, in hindsight this might not have been the best year to introduce a new show, but then who knew! In that regard we are all equal.

The set up for the show went pretty smoothly. As exhibitors we always have the worries and concerns one has with a new location and set up. The hall was very well lit and easy to get to as you got off the buses that ran back and forth to the surrounding hotels every 1/2 hour. After we finished set up we had a nice walk along the Navy Pier. It was a nice Saturday, so it was very active, bustling with people. We ended up eating at a great seafood restaurant with an outside terrace. Both our fish dishes were very tasty and fresh. We didn’t see the sun for the next 3 days as it rained non stop, so I’m glad we got that afternoon in.

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The first day of the show, a Sunday, had very good traffic. So, it kept us busy meeting and talking to customers all day. I think the show had done a good job bringing in the numbers of attendees in light of everything. How many of them actually turned into buyers during the show, probably a bigger challenge for all involved. Although the show didn’t quite have a Tucson or JCK larger show feel to it, it definitely felt like a larger regional show with good growth potential. Many of the buyers were happy to have such a show happening close to home, in Chicago. Buyers who maybe as a rule do not attend Tucson or JCK expressed a great deal of interest at the loose gem and pearl AGTA section.

Many buyers were impressed by our selection of high quality gems, and the large range of gemstones we carry, mentioning that they have been looking for a supplier of better quality goods. Also, a great number of the buyers expressed interest in finding out more about our website and its features; such as searching for gems, great pictures, markup options, and how to integrate it into their existing website as their own virtual inventory. In general I found people more eager to learn and be educated in the area of gems where they are less exposed to or familiar with. It kept us busy and involved, hoping eventually these leads to turn into calls and sales. The second day was less busy and the third day was on the quiet side.

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Our room at the Sheraton had a great view of many of the beautiful and historic downtown buildings and great restaurants within walking distance. After closing up the last day of the show we walked over to this wonderful Indian and Latin fusion restaurant called Vermilion. The food was delicious, with a very sophisticated mixture of flavors and spices not commonly found in either cuisine. Walking back and forth to our hotel was a cold and windy reminder of what city we were in. The sun came out the next day as we were leaving, and the walk to where we had breakfast was fresh and beautiful.

All in all, we are glad we took part in this show and hope it grows and flourishes as consumer confidence picks up and the desire to own beautiful gems and jewelry is exercised more often.

- by Shomais Shirazi, GG





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Tucson Gem Show 2009

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The AGTA GemFair Pavillion

The air was crisp, the sunshine beautiful, yet in light of all the media coverage of the economy and forecasts, as exhibitors we had come knowing that we couldn’t really have the same expectations as previous years.

red trillion spinelThe show ended up better for us than we originally had imagined. Traffic at the AGTA GemFair (Feb 4-9) was about 20% down from last year, but the buyers that had shown up were pretty serious, albeit all with smaller budgets. Purchases were based on more specific calls and replacement of sold items rather than on speculation.

Items that did better for us were more unusual gemstone in nicer quality and lower per carat prices, in general a bigger look for the money such as fancy color zircon, spinel, kunzite, beryl, fancy color tourmaline, fire opal, purple cushion sapphire as well as smaller sizes of better color and quality in classic and more known gems such as blue and fancy color sapphire, tsavorite, spessartite garnet, aquamarine, rubellite, and precious topaz. In general, jewelers who have been more interested in color gems and invested time and energy in developing a market for them by educating their customer base, and offering custom design works and services seem to have benefited, and maintained better profit margins.

Our booth at the Tucson Show, in the AGTA GemFair Pavillion.

We have found that at present, prices at supplier levels have stayed pretty firm in almost all gem categories. For example, many mining and processing operations of rough gems, in Sri Lanka have shut down, since their high fixed costs are not justified by the present weaker world demand. At all levels, dealers would rather hang on to their inventory of rough or cut stones, as replacing them gets more difficult each day and nicer goods harder to find in general.

Attending the Tucson Show, whether as a buyer or in our case as an exhibitor, has an excitement associated with it true gem lovers can not resist. Once a year, the world of gems comes together at this show, creating an incredible energy which is then released and channeled through all the exciting and beautiful jewelry pieces created and offered with love to the end user. Whether you get to walk the red carpet or not, wearing these beautiful tokens of love, bring special feelings of joy and pride; emotions humans have shared through the ages.

Read an recent article by GIA color stone analyst Robert Weldon about his report from the Tucson gem and mineral shows. VIA: www.gia.edu


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