#idazzletravels: On my way to #JCKTucson

I’m in a candy-colored swirl getting ready for Tucson. If you haven’t read my post about the insane Tucson Gem Shows and the strange vortex you enter, this post captures it pretty well. I have a term I’ve coined for the Tucson experience: CISO, Color Induced Sensory Overload.

Citrine and fire opal Sunrise Necklace by Susan Wheeler, with precious topaz and yellow sapphire baguettes. This looks like Tucson to me (hope it’s sunny and warm)!


This time, I’m even more excited to go. In addition to the totally cray tents (ammonite table anyone?), and gems to drool over at the AGTA Gemfair and GJX, JCK Tucson has revamped and expanded their Design Center at the Marriott Starr Pass to include more jewelry designers. I’m thrilled to see old friends and meet new faces.
New Todd Reed Earrings

Something you might find at #JCKTucson: new Todd Reed Earrings with fancy color rose cut diamonds.

Jewelry Designers at JCK

There are a lot of Contemporary Jewelry Design Group friends who will be at JCK Tucson this year: Alishan, Todd Reed, Aaron Henry, Alexis Barbeau, Belle Brooke, Dana Bronfman, and Rebecca Myers. I’ll see CJDG members Barbara Heinrich, Paula Crevoshay and Denny Wong at AGTA.

Melissa Spencer Portrait Leopard Brooch

JCK Tucson exhibitor Melissa Spencer’s Portrait Leopard brooch–can’t wait to meet her and see her jewelry!


Martha Seely Shooting Stars rings

It’s not all colored gemstones: Martha Seely Shooting Stars rings at JCK Tucson.


I’m super excited to see newer discoveries at JCK Tucson like Geoffrey Scott, Susan Wheeler, and Martha Seely! And I finally get to meet Diana Atieno of Porini Gems.
Melissa Spencer Butterfly Peridot Hematite Earrings

Melissa Spencer Butterfly Peridot Hematite Earrings at JCK Tucson.


Dana Bronfman

Can’t wait to meet Dana Bronfman, after admiring her jewelry–and her ethics–from afar.

Sharing the Rough at JCK Tucson

If you’re in Tucson this week, I hope you can join me Friday night for a special showing of the Sharing the Rough documentary under the stars. It promises to be a fantastic event hosted by JCK starting at 5:30pm, complete with nibbles and drinks. I’m on a panel with Director Orin Mazzoni and Mark Schneider afterwards, answering questions posed by JCK publisher Mark Smelzer! Come have a toast of tequila and celebrate with me! There is no charge for the event, but you do need to register here: http://tucson.jckonline.com/Forms/Sharing-the-Rough-Movie-Premiere.

Sharing the Rough

Sharing the Rough will screen at a special event during JCK Tucson. Click here to RSVP.

WJA Panel on Gemstones and Digital Media at AGTA

On Saturday, February 6th at 1pm, I’m moderating a panel for the Women’s Jewelry Association about reaching colored gemstone consumers through digital media. We’ve assembled an all-star panel of social media and gemstone superstars to tell their story about how they are reaching their customers through digital media: Geoffrey Cooper of Geoffrey Scott Jewelry, Sia Maravelias of Quadrum Gallery and Jean-Noel Soni of Top Notch Faceting. It promises to be an enlightening conversation!

WJA Gemstone Panel at AGTA

An all-star panel on gemstones and digital media for the Women’s Jewelry Association at AGTA on Saturday, February 6th at 1:00pm.


Can’t wait to experience the color overload that is Tucson! The tequila’s on me!
Susan Wheeler Dendritic Quartz Ring

Susan Wheeler Dendritic Quartz Ring in 18 k recycled gold at JCK Tucson.

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