You have a Gooooooood Tiiiiiiime!
Well, dear jewelers, that was last week at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show, the second largest gem show and sale in the country, right after Tucson. If Tucson seems a bit overwhelming, and believe me, it is, then Denver is the show for you. Let me explain a bit.
The show opens at the Denver Coliseum with tents full of fabulous stuff…
There are fossils inside the coliseum and everything from T-Rex skeletons for thousands of dollars, (yard art possibly?) to sharks teeth, which kids and grand-kids have a great time purchasing.
On Sunday, one of the best kept secrets of the show opens, at the Ramada Inn.
I’ve been doing this show for 20+ years, and this has always been our first show to visit, and yet many people don’t know about it, and that’s a shame. I always stop there first, for some of the best gems in the entire show are to be found at Mark Lasater’s booth, the Clamshell, which is front and center in the lobby as you walk in. Though Mark also sells online (theclamshell.net), seeing the stones in person is awe-inspiring….and the majority of my allowance is spent that first day…..and as I visit the booth daily, I add to my stash daily, but never have I had one second of buyer’s remorse with a Clamshell stone.
This year he featured the very rare petrified red oak,
Around the corner is the much loved “Russian Guy”, Sergye, who has extremely reasonably priced rarities from the Kola Peninsula of Russia.
They are just fractions of the prices that you see on Etsy. There are luscious Eudialites, with a deep raspberry color, (ka-ching) and opals to die for…..one was $40,000, and was the most beautiful opal I have even seen! He has the most beautiful deep green serpentine, and fuchsite which I swear will glow in the dark with its beauty. He also had yummy faceted strawberry quartz, and being an avid lover of anything pink….well you know….we just aren’t mentioning them here just in case my hubby pulls this up on the computer……
Then there is the visit to Burger King, because after three hours its getting to be lunch time.
Only this isn’t your regular Burger King….it’s Faulk Burger and Greg King. Faulk is foremost a jeweler, and has everything from exquisite (and pricy) stones to ancient coins (also expensive). His turquoise in quartz is glorious. Greg is the Turquoise King, and has representations of most of the well-known Southwestern turquoise mines. As you know, probably 95% (or more) of all turquoise has been stabilized, which means it has been hardened with Opticon or some other resin based product to increase its stability. Greg has both treated and untreated turquoise, and is very reputable with you telling which is which. While it’s wonderful to have the untreated, a treated stone will not discolor over time, nor absorb body oils, chemicals, etc. So it is totally up to you, but he has a great variety of both.