Tucson and the gem show
a report from Hubert Heldner 2003

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Tucson Down Town in February 2003.

The gemshow starts.



Jeff Graham the autor of uncounted faceting diagrams

browses trough the swiss journal TRES'OR.

Katerina Kestemont during gemstone shopping.

Demonstration of faceting.

The gemshow offers ever year new surprises, for example a 20 cm gold nugget, named "The 4th of july".

Goldnugget 228.42 oz
gold content estimated 173.83 oz
Purity 95-98 %

Found by Debra Morrisette and Pieter Heydelaar in Australia.

An other discovery, the gasoline powered motordrill. Must be a shure sign, the smell of gasoline is a fetisch, and life considered a roadmovie, at least for the inventor of this declaration of independence for jewelers.

Tucson offers also landscape.

The Texas Canyon 1 hour 30 minutes south of Tucson,

is only one of the beautiful views to discover.

Desert what a ugly word for the paradis of cactus.

Texas Canyon

Texas Canyon

Texas Canyon

The San Xavier Mission built by the spanish missionaries, remains us that Arizona once was part of Mexico.

I am for more than 10 years visiting the gemshow in Tucson. The show has become very familiar since, and I consider one year without Tucson as a lost year. I really appreciate the excange of ideas between lapidary's and jewelers.

Katerina Kestemont demonstrates

gemstone carving techniques.

Yvan Robert demonstrates the Raytech cabbing machine.

Nancy Modehn and Raytech President Thomas Heffron.

Zoisite, Tanzanite

Garnet

Zoisite, Tanzanite

Garnet, Tsavorite