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The circus still bothers to come to Tucson, but we know a really big show when we see one. The Tucson Gem Show has grown into our most fun and profitable event.  We are perfectly willing to give up restaurants and parking and even driving in some places to welcome our precious gemmers back to town for the party of the year.  They role into town from all over the world ready to whip out their giant crystals and get busy doing some business.  They bring objects of every kind, way beyond the scope of gems or jewelry.

The buyers of all kinds must be here to buy and make contacts for the year.  Museum curators, knick knack shop owners, and hippie miners all converge to change the essential nature of our city for the first two weeks each February.  I have been officially on restriction from buying anything at the show for years, but it does not really stop me.  My birthday falls on Jan. 30, and Valentine’s Day  is still on Feb 14.  The favorable timing of my birth has resulted in an overstock of gifted gem show stuff.  I could easily hold my own gem show, but am currently hoarding all the exotic things I have found.  As any queen can tell you, you can only wear so much jewelry at the same time.  I should have a museum to display my collection, but then I would truly be on restriction. Like assault weapons, no private citizen can rationalize owning this much jewelry.

I love to see them stream into town in their distinctive costuming, speaking all languages, and laying the bucks on the local merchants.  The huge displays of crystals as high as an elephant’s eye crowd into tents and alter the vibration of the desert.  Bring it!!! You are the financial savior that primes our pump each year….the economic engine we cannot afford to loose.  We love you, gemmers, and wish you a prosperous show this year.  Thank you for your exotic and generous presence.  If there is any little thing we can do to make you feel more welcome, do not hesitate to ask.

Gem Show, The Greatest Show on Earth

January 16, 2013 , , , , ,

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