|22k gold blue sheen moonstone and diamond clasp|
The problem with going to Tucson is that there is just too much stuff out there to buy. So when I would go out there I would inevitably go way over budget in my buying and then when I would get back my then partner would yell at me for spending so much money. After a few years I gave up feeling it was better to work with all of the wonderful dealers I had hooked up with out there over the years. And since then it became more important that I stick to dealers I knew because, as I have discussed in numerous other articles here, gem treatments became far more prolific and difficult to detect. Working with dealers I knew were as concerned about this as I was became more and more important. Fortunately I had developed a good list of dealers who thought I like do and proved to be great sources for my needs.
My primary stone suppliers are a couple who I actually met before I was going to Tucson as they are located about an hour from here. They have been friends as well for most of that time peiod. I actually think I may have first bought from them about 35 or 36 years ago. Both of our businesses grew over time and they have an astounding quantity of quality gem materials. Every year around this time I try to get up and actually see them so I can pick up some neat material to put out for the holiday season. (Most of the time I deal with them on the phone as they know exactly what type of material I am looking for and it really isn't necessary to get up to see them---and it isn't safe for them to travel to me with any quantity of stuff so it's easier if I just get up there to look at the entire collection.)
|18k and 22k gold clasp with a boulder opal|
So please come on by and take a look. I'm always amazed by the stones I get to bring back with me and I think you will be too!