I’ve been doing Gem Hunt for almost a year now! It’s had to believe its come so far so fast! But one question I keep getting asked recently is…are you going to Tucson? Well, I don’t know, what is Tucson? Tucson is home to the JOGS Gem and Jewelry, one of the largest exhibitions for jewelry in the world, and the exhibitors there might very well come from every country in the world. Being new to this jewelry thang… I thought I would research this more fully. So I have a interview with Alina one of the organizers behind JOGS to give the whole download on JOGS!
What is the JOGS Show?
JOGS Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show is one of the leading Jewelry events in North America for all jewelry industry professionals and enthusiasts. The show brings together international and national dealers who are direct source jewelry manufacturers, miners, stonecutters, carvers, jewelry designers and importers from over 26 countries. It takes place in 2017 from January 26th to February 6th, in Tucson.
JOGS Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show brings approximately 40,000 visitors to the Tucson region annually. This annual show is an absolute must for jewelry hunters chasing unique jewelry, gemstone masterpieces, and stunning new jewelry lines.
What is the history of the show?
JOGS gained popularity by having a range of diverse international and a domestic showcase of jewelry from designers and direct manufacturers. Name a place in the world and JOGS has it covered.
Such as, amber jewelry from Poland, Russia, and Lithuania. Or handmade Native American jewelry, beads and Southwestern authentic jewelry designs from New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada. Beautiful Turquoise from Arizona and Nevada, and other manufacturers and designers from the world’s best turquoise mines. Bali jewelry is usually a fan favorite with direct manufacturers and designers of sterling silver and gold jewelry with semi-precious stones, shells, wood, pearls and corals, all handmade from Bali.
Ethnic tribal handcrafted jewelry, crafts and gifts from Nepal, Tibet and Asia overall are also extremely interesting. One of the main pavilions is Gem and Mineral decor, super fun to see the stone and mineral decor section which has finished gemstone products, rough materials for decor purposes: sculptures, luxury fountains, stone and petrified wood furniture, onyx decorative home and kitchen decor, and hand carved interior decorations from China, Madagascar, Brazil, Africa, and much more.
My personal favorite is the range of vintage jewelry and the showcase of fine jewelry where you will find interesting up and coming designers side by side with established jewelers. The show is so large that is amazing to see all the jewelry, it’s range of styles, and price points in person!
How can someone get the most out of attending the show?
We recommend someone to come for at least 2 to 5 days, because there are more than 800 booths on 155,000 sq.ft. that are presented during the show plus more than 200 jewelry making classes and seminars taught by world jewelry designers that share a wealth of knowledge. I would definitely research classes and seminars because they will take your experience to the next level!
What’s your favorite part of the show?
There are few special reasons to love the JOGS, one of the best is the opportunity to buy new designs for 2017 that are shown early at the show. Every year there are famous celebrity designers that come to the show to buy gems and other materials for their collections and you can be in line with them right next to you so it is a fabulous place for networking. It is also a great place to find amazing bargains on jewelry and materials.
Anything up your sleeve to make 2017 amazing?
We will host the biggest clam in the world! from Volker Bassen. He found the clam personally in the East Africa. once cleaned and polished it weighed 355 Kg, the biggest giant clam in the world. It took him a week to clean out the giant clam as it was full of calcified limestone, almost as hard as cement.
To his surprise, he found a blister pearl the size of a tomato followed by a smaller one, 2 pearls in one clam! He called the largest of the pearls ‘Pearl of Noah’ and the smaller pearl ‘Pearl of Siv’ (names of his sons). With 1256 carat the Pearl of Noah is the largest pearl ever found while the Pearl of Siv with it’s 758 carats is the second largest pearl in the world.
The pearls are now in Switzerland to be dated, estimated age between 200.000 to 240.000 years old, making them the oldest baroque pearls ever found. The clam is absolutely unique and largest one and will be presented exclusively at JOGS only.
Registration is already open. To save time in line, pre-register now, just follow the link here.
In partnership with JOGS.