Saturday, October 20, 2012

I Did It Again- The Gemshow is Here

Oh Lordy, the gemshow is here this weekend.

Gem show floor
It was about 1/2 the size of the usual show, but my favorites were there.

I went to get a saw from a seller who has refurbished saws. He wasn't there.

I brought money for a 10" lapidary saw and maybe a few cabs. I had a written in stone rule- NO BEADS!

But, they are so sparkly and pretty....

Rows of Austrian crystals

And these are sooooooo cool and came with a neat story, too.

The story is there is a woman known only as Gail, who was originally from Ohio and now lives in a tepee. She doesn't have a phone, internet or car. But, she makes these fabulous clay pendants and has drawn the attention of magazines, The Smithsonian and Tucson Gemshow. Ach- I don't know about all that. They are incredibly awesome, though and I did buy one. (It doesn't count as beads. Does it?)

My new bead pendant

You may remember the last show I went to where my money and I were soon parted at the Russian dealer's table. Well, this time was no different. "Good Lord, Tela, you have enough cabs!" Yes, I know, I know. But, these are rare and pretty and expensive and all at a good price. I'm a collector, too, so give me a break. I can stop anytime I want to.


My new Pietersite. Big, colorful and flashy, but camera shy. A very lively stone. The best one she had. Here's another smaller one, also very flashy.

Blue Pietersite

Of course, being Russian stones, I had to have a few more charoite and eudialyte.

Too bad the eudialyite doesn't photograph well. The red looks like Christmas foil. I couldn't resist the beckoning trays.

And, Simbercite, can't forget about those.

I also got an awesome astrophyllite before my husband dragged me away.

Then, I was momentarily distracted by some really nice Fordite

I didn't get any of those because the booth across from that one had bargains to be had.

Fanta orange 8mm Mexican fire opal.

This Mookaite had my name written ALL over it.

I chatted with that guy for awhile. He wanted to show off his eBay buys, which I am always up for hearing about as I have a few of my own to share. He got a killer deal on that fire opal rough and he was good enough to pass it along. :)

I picked up a few more things to round out the day and headed home with my booty. My ticket is good for tomorrow, too. If I have any sense or any cents left, I'll stay away.

(Now off to wrap a Pietersite.)


  1. Beautiful finds! Maybe I'm an enabler, but I say, a gal can never have too many shiny things.

    I wish there were more shows in my neck of the woods. My wallet doesn't, though. ;)

    1. I think we have 4, but I don't make it to all of them. I really was only going to get a saw... honest. LOL! I can't resist.

  2. OMG, Tela! That pietersite is very similiar to the one I told you about. I fell in love with it and I'm still kicking myself for not buying. It's gorgeous, I can't wait to see it wrapped. I've never seen eudialyite before either. I bet it's beautiful.

    1. Kate, I thought of you when I saw it. She didn't have many left. Very few, in fact. I was really surprised to see this one there. But, I fell in love and had to have it. I can't tell you how many times I could have kicked myself over not picking this stone or that one. I know how you feel. :(

  3. Wow, so many wonderful beads, stones, gems, oh my! I know how much fun gem shows are. I go to 3 or 4 a year, no matter what the weather is like. I've even gone during snow storms! I spend almost as much as I make as a jewelry vendor there.
    I love that Pietersite with the browns, reds, yellows!!


    1. They are fun, aren't they? If I had allowed the beads to pull me in I never would have gotten out of there. LOL!

  4. Tela, Thanks for taking me along to the gem show! What beauties you brought home with you, some I have not heard of. It makes me smile to think of you amongst all these stones and beads. Not sure which is my favorite but I do love the story about the woman who lives in a tepee. Thanks for sharing your adventure and your finds!

    1. The guy selling the pendant beads had such a sales pitch!! You wouldn't believe how hard he was selling this story. So, naturally, my husband and I came home and started googling. LOL! We couldn't find a single thing about this woman and her art except for one blog where a woman described the same seller of the same beads with the same story. I don't know, he's an importer, so I'm thinking they came for China, but they really were incredible.

  5. I just want you to know that you are not alone. :-)

    Plus, just think: You could be spending your money on booze and boy toys.

    1. Booze and boy toys? Hmmm I have to think about that for a second... ok, yeah, rocks are better. (There was a time when I would have had to think a lot harder about that. :))


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