Monday, February 11, 2013

Tucson Gem Show Purchases II

One of the most fun things we did while on our Arizona odyssey was to visit the relatively new Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale. When I say that it was the most wonderful museum I have visited in a very long time, I am not exaggerating. We spent over 5 hours there and could have spent 2 days! If you find yourselves anywhere near the place, it is a must see.

Now, back to gemstones!  These fabulous marquis shaped labradorite briolettes have amazing flash and are a really nice size at 27 -29 mm long. The strand (only one) had one broken stone, which netted me a very nice discount.

On a much brighter note, this collection features 2 strands of chalcedony embracing a strand of nicely faceted citrines. The vendor that had these stones had the most extensive selection of chalcedony I've ever seen. They dye it in the rough and then cut into stones. Sounds impressive, but for all I know, that's the way all chalcedony is handled. However it's done, I usually care most about the pretty factor.

More to come in the next few days ... thanks for sticking with me!


Patty Woodland said...

That second photo looks like a necklace in the making if you ask me ;)

Mimi {SignatureSterling} said...

Gorgeous! I agree with Patty :)

Mimi {SignatureSterling} said...

Gorgeous! I agree with Patty :)

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Oohhhhhh I love the orange spikes. Awesome. So glad you had time to head into Scottsdale.

Orion Designs said...

Thanks ladies! So far, I've been having tons of fun simply looking at all of these again as I record my purchases and sort them into their proper storage spots.