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JCK 2013

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

JCK Mandalay Bay 2013All across the jewelry industry, all around the world, increased activity is taking place in preparation for this upcoming landmark annual show.

The excitement level in our office has been building as we get closer to this much anticipated date. Sorting new parcels of recently acquired gems, preparing them for displays, and going over all the last minute details that never gets old or routine, even after all the years of exhibiting.

We are sure that you as buyers are also going through your own mental “to do list”, ensuring efficiency and success on your trip. Each year we see buyers getting more organized and systematic in tackling these shows. With so many vendors at your fingertips and the long list of tasks you have to accomplish in a short few days, being prepared ahead of time makes the world of difference. Detailed to do lists, including sizes, dimensions, pictures and actual mountings to fit stones in, are among the most helpful aid. Bring extra business cards to give to new suppliers you meet, a pocket size floor plan of the show for reference or download the app available for your smart phone. Comfortable shoes are a must and staying hydrated keeps you alert and functioning.


We have a wonderful selection of fine gems in a large variety of shapes and sizes. Please come by and visit us at AGTA Booth 622. You can also visit our website at any time when searching for specific gems, or just to browse.

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Plan now for Tucson 2012

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Attending this amazing, world renowned tradeshow is a must for all in the jewelry trade. It is an immersion course in all that is “gem”. As diamonds become more of a commodity, “colored gemstones” is an area that shows more promise of a profit when backed by expertise and diligence. Attending this show is truly rewarding in so many ways. Unlike other cities, Tucson’s hotels fill up fast, so make sure you are registered and have a place to stay well ahead of time. We have started our own preparations already and wish to remind all of you that it is not too early!!

Attending the AGTA Show also offers you the added benefit of developing enduring relationships with dealers who can service your calls throughout the year, when you need the gems that turn calls into sales, shipped to your store right away!

We will be offering a great selection of beautiful gems in a variety of price points and colors.

Please stop by early and select your beauties
from what we all have to offer

AGTA GemFair Pavilion
Tucson Convention Center
Booth 911


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JCK Review

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

By now you might have read the updates on the June JCK Las Vegas show in a variety of publications and come to know that it proved to be a strong show with a good turnout of buyers, ready to do business. The change of venue for the show was something everyone had to deal with, and I found many buyers a little frustrated trying to figure out where everything was. Almost like walking into a new grocery store and trying to figure out the new layout, finding the most efficient route to all the items on your shopping list. Mandalay Bay was trying to help with this process and all show people in charge were making notes on what needed to be improved and changed for next year. I have a feeling that by next show, buyers will feel more familiar with the floor plans, and despite this new location being a little isolated on The Strip, will not be complaining further.

We actually got many remarks from buyers that the AGTA Pavilions by far were the easiest to walk through and locate exhibitors in at the whole show.

We saw a larger turnout of overseas wholesale buyers, taking advantage of the still lower prices on old stock US dealers still had in their booths.

Because of the large range of gemstones we carry, it’s hard to decide what we sold the most of, but the trend was more of our larger finer quality pieces, and hard to find gem quality smaller sizes. Sapphires, Rubies, Alexandrites, Tourmalines, Spinels, Aquamarines, Zircons, and Peridots were all on the invoices we wrote at the show.

Due to the present ongoing increase of price in the world gem markets, every time we sold a fine quality gem, we knew that replacing it will probably cost us more than what we just sold it for. But as long time dealers who have gone through many similar cycles before, and we know that there will always be value in owning the finest gems, when buying.

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Tucson Update 2011

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Besides being one of the coldest Tucsons to date, the AGTA Show itself was upbeat and energetic. Buyers had more of a spring in their step this year and actively seeking to add fresh goods to their inventory. Most everyone was feeling the atmosphere of business becoming more normalized and in the upswing mode. I heard repeated comments from buyers about not being as in touch with current prices since they had really not bought much in a couple of years. Finer better gems were still in the highest demand but well cut bright unusual gems in lower price points were also seen as a good price point item allowing for higher profit margins. In general I found buyers more open to buying special, beautiful gems as opposed to just trying to find specific sized gems that fit certain mountings. As usual stores who had invested in offering the unique and unusual custom pieces were satisfied and working hard on improving their range of offerings, allowing them to keep ahead of the curve.

It had started to warm up the day the show was ending with many buyers and exhibitors returning to much ice and snow, wishing they could have stayed on to enjoy the wonderful desert sun.

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