Behind the Scenes with Jay King at the 2011 Tucson Gem Event
Well I am back home after a long hard trip. I have to admit it’s been fun, but I got the flu bug right out of the gate so with that and all the weather challenges I had, it made for an unusual trip to say the least. We were able to find many new materials and cut a few deals on good quantities of rough material for the New Year.
What is so interesting is that the majority of what I just did you won’t see on the show until the end of the year, or early 2012. I am just now going over my upcoming February show and it’s funny…it’s like going back in a time machine. Each design brings back all the memories I have of how it came to be. We have often laughed and said if these designs could only talk you would be amazed at the stories they could tell. Many adventures, and, in some cases, misadventures depending on who’s telling the story.
So my next event kicks off on February 19th at 11 P.M. EST. It continues on the 20th and 21st. I hope you can take time out to tune in, and see what we have to offer.
I’ve got a brand new Today’s Special. This is only the second time in sixteen years I’ve offered an earring, which will be available in four different materials. It also comes with matching designs in the same four materials. It took a long time to put this one together, and I hope you love it as much as I do.
I’ve got so much to offer! Some highlights, to just name a few, are designs in amber, petrified red wood, chrysoprase, tropical amazonite, Kingman metal matrix and Sleeping Beauty turquoise. Just a heads up, as of today the “Sleeping Beauty” mine is closing at the end of May. This turquoise is highly prized, and will become even more valuable in the future as supplies dry up. So I hope you can take the time to join us and see what we have to offer.
Check out some of my travel pictures below, a couple are from the big Gem Show in Tucson! Safe travels, J
UPDATE: The South Texas Burlwood Mesquite boxes with inlayed turquoise will be available during my show this coming weekend. The wooden boxes are one of a kind handcrafted and don’t forget they are inlayed with Kingman Turquoise! This is the most sought-after material used in these types of projects. The mesquite burlwood is extremely hard and has a wonderful graining to it. We’ve inlayed it with genuine Kingman turquoise. Each box is lovingly made in Texas by individual artists. You can’t get anymore “Made in America” than this. The materials and the labor are all done in America. I hope you love it, because I have so many more designs that will be coming your way next year.