Happy, happy, joy, joy! That can mean only one thing! It’s January and the Tucson Gem Shows are starting. Yes! It’s a huge show of international proportions, the largest gem show in the world. In our business, the big question among all of us is, “Are you going to Tucson?” Going to Tucson doesn’t mean […]

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After many years attending the Tucson gem shows, I’ve learned a thing or two! Here’s my best advice to help you have a great time at The Show. 1. Bring your own water (and snacks), and don’t pay $3.50 to $4 a bottle. Tucson is dry and dehydration is prevalent. DRINK LOTS OF WATER. Go […]

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Whenever I teach hand-finishing jewelry workshops and we get towards the end of the class, I mix up a small solution of liver of sulfur, and someone always asks “What’s that stinky stuff?” Well, to me, it’s the stuff that gives my silver jewelry designs so much character. It’s a patina that sinks into the […]

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It’s like Oreos and milk or, for me, green chile and tortillas. Some things just go together. And so it is with silver and copper. Copper and its alloys really warm up the whiteness of pure silver, and I love combining the two in my jewelry. As I’ve said before, copper, I do believe, is […]

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