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 Post subject: Listing of Tucson 2016 Events
PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:38 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Listing of Tucson 2016 Events
PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:09 pm 
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I'm heading out to Arizona today for the first time! I'll be visiting Tuscan sometime this week and was wondering if anyone has a recommendation on events to check out. I'm interested in faceting rough more than anything else. I'm not looking for cheap junk or the really super expensive stuff. More so middle of the road good quality stones that are worth cutting.


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 Post subject: Re: Listing of Tucson 2016 Events
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Finding good buys at the Tucson shows requires work and some luck. There are bargains at the high end shows and you can get taken at the lesser shows. So go look at as much as you can, and don't spend your money on the first day. The hunt is most of the fun.

PS you might consider joining Arya's tour of rough dealers to get an over view


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Some of the better pieces, and better buys are to be had in the parking lot, hall ways, and private hotel rooms.

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That, my friends, is the tip of Tucson.


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 Post subject: Re: Listing of Tucson 2016 Events
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Syed Nafeesali is a facet rough dealer who is in Tucson for the first time (hence the post, since people won't have already been looking for him). I've bought a lot of stuff from him over the years online and always been pretty happy. He's in 218 at Hotel Tucson City Center (formerly Inn Suites, the one with dinosaur models everywhere). He has some nice Tourmaline and Morganite rough. I picked up some of the cheaper but very nicely colored orange morganites, plus some really nicely colored faceted tsavorites.
Here are some pictures of his rough:
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 Post subject: Re: Listing of Tucson 2016 Events
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:30 am 
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Thanks Stephen, I fly out late today for Tucson and I've only have 4 days. I've added him to my must see dealers.


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The tourmaline prices, based on what I can see in the pictures seems pretty high for the quality of the stones.

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 Post subject: Re: Listing of Tucson 2016 Events
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I don't buy tourmaline rough so I'm not sure. I will say my photos look pretty bad in retrospect. They're better in person, anyway, but of course I leave the judgment to the buyer.

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