Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Back From Tucson!




We just returned from a 5 day whirlwind visit to the annual gem shows in Tucson. I spent most of the day yesterday sorting and cataloging my purchases. I managed to get through the gemstones and some of the silver. Today I will tackle the pearls -- my most serious weakness.

These photos are just the tip of the iceberg! Check out the gorgeous plump labradorite briolettes and the faceted cubes of pink amethyst, champagne quartz, garnets, green amethyst (prasiolite) and deep purple amethyst.

The last photo is a collection of different shapes of smoky quartz that I found on our last day in Tucson. I can't wait to play with those!

While in Tucson I ran into (almost literally!) to one of my etsyBEAD friends, Donna. What a thrill to meet an online buddy in person. I also got together with another etsyBEAD friend, Jenni. It was great to meet these talented jewelry designers in person.

8 comments:

ShinyAdornments said...

OMG I am extremely jealous. I can't wait to see what you create with those lovelies. Also can't wait to see pics of your other baubles.

Lissa said...

WOW!! Now that's a nice haul Vicki! You planning on destashing any of those *wink wink* You have a great eye for beads..those are fantastic! I would be so broke if I went there...

ccdesign said...

Vicki-
Your new bead purchase is so beautiful, I just know you had a blast. Someday, hopefully, I can make it to one.
Waiting patiently to see some new creations.
Cori

cserpentDesigns said...

But Vicki you forgot to mention you talked to me on the phone while we were in 2 different parts of the Holidome - LOL!

Gorgeous goodies!

Orion Designs said...

Thanks for all the comments - can't wait to play with these beauties!

Shirley said...

I can't believe my eyes! And to know I know someone who actually has all of these beautiful beads in their possession. I am such a bead addict. Its a good thing you live in Alaska. LOL Ask LaVerne how I love beads. These are drop dead gorgeous and so are the chains.

Pagano DesignWorks said...

It was so great meeting you Vicki! I didn't realize there were other etsyBEADers there!! Dang!

SilverShadow Designs / BerryPatchDesigns said...

I'm totally green with envy that you were able to not only attend Tucson, but to come away with terrific purchases!

Hope to go soon, myself. Glad you had a great time!