Jay King is back – Feb. 16-18!
Well it’s that time of year once again. I’ve spent all January catching flights and visiting all kinds of mines. Now it’s time to return home and head out for the Tucson Gem Show once again. For those of you who don’t know about the Tucson show, it’s like the super bowl for rock hounds, and gem and jewelry manufactures. This particular show is only held once a year, and isn’t really one show but several shows all being held simultaneously. It lasts over a month starting in the middle of January and lasting until late February. As far as I know it’s the largest event of this type in the whole world. During this event people gather from all over the world and bring the materials they’ve mined or the crafts and jewelry they’ve created. If you can’t find what you want in the fossil world or gemstone world at this event, it probably doesn’t exist. It doesn’t only take over the entire town of Tucson Arizona, but also small towns like Quartzite and as far north as Laughlin Nevada. If you’ve never been then I definitely recommend you put it on the must do list for this lifetime. Even if you don’t buy anything, which I think you would find difficult, it’s worth just going to people watch and see the sites. I usually have done my shopping with the miners previous to the show or we meet to finalize our deal during the event but I’m never surprised when I find something new and different or make a new contact.
So this week I return back to home base in Florida. Someone who knows me well once asked me, “You live in several places that I know of. Which do you call home?” I like to say it’s a small town called Samsonite. Because home is where I wake up that particular day. This has become a way of life for me and I wouldn’t change it for anything else in the world. I love meeting new people and experiencing other cultures. I get to see so many things that most don’t get to see and sometimes I have to say when things are running rough I question why it is that I keep doing this, but after we’ve made it through the rough waters it’s always a rush and something to laugh about and of course another story to tell.
Since this trip will require numerous stops I’ll be flying myself out and so when I get home I have time to repack my bags and then off to the great southwest. I return on the 16th, 17th, and 18th for my February Mine Finds show. It’s funny because some of what you will be seeing was collected or negotiated at last Februarys Tucson Gem Show; I have put pictures of the rough for two items coming up in the show, along with the beautiful pieces of jewelry we created. It takes a long time from the time we make the initial discovery till we get the pleasure of showing you what we discovered and created. I also want to make sure that you all tune in and checkout our Today’s Special – it’s favorite of all the women in my life and I am so looking forward to sharing with you! So time to kick the tires and light the fires.
Until then Safe Travels, J