JOGS International Gem Show April 7-18 Tucson Expo Center
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 Post subject: Update to Buying Gem Rough at the Tucson Shows
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:10 pm 
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Hey, all! I'm a lost faceting son returning to the hobby after a decade away, and I'll be at the Tucson show next month, but I'm really rusty on buying rough at what/where to buy these days. The last time I was buying rough, I actually lived in Tucson and would get stone from Jeff Graham (before he passed). Now, I feel totally lost, but I do remember there are great deals to be had at the show if you know where to look.

Can anyone comment on good sources and prices for rough these days and where I might find good deals at the show.

I'm looking specifically at:

Rose de France Quartz
Prasiolite
Maraba Citrine
Lemon Citrine
Amethyst
Rhodolite
Garnets
Peridot

But I'm open to others.

Basically, I'm going to be cutting lots of practice stones on a new Graves 5XL, and I would like some affordable but decent materials to work and compete on with the USFG.

I could even meet up with folks in Tucson to go around together, but I won't be in until the 10th.

Thanks! Wish I had more time to write a proper introduction right now, but I'll save that for later.

- Jake L.
Central Pennsylvania


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 Post subject: Re: Update to Buying Gem Rough at the Tucson Shows
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:30 pm 
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I may have answered my own question by digging through old posts but if anyone wants to share updated information, I'm all ears!

Is anyone going to meet up at the show after the 10th?

- Jake Lauser


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