In June of this year the island of Sri Lanka was hit by terrible flooding in the aftermath of tropical cyclone Mora. As a result a hill collapsed outside the gem trading town of Ratnapura, destroying at least fifteen homes and burying dozens of people. So far the casualty count for the flooding is around 150 people. In an effort to help our friends and colleagues in the area, RareSource has partnered with the AGTA in donating to the Ratnapura Relief Fund. To give money to the Ratnapura Relief Fund, contact the AGTA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-972-1162
We are pleased to announce that Edward has been asked to speak at this years Sinkankas Symposium. The symposium is an event where noted experts within the gem community are each asked to give a presentation on an aspect of the current years topic. Edward will be presenting on the relevant topic of Sapphire Origin Determination: Past and Present. The event will be hosted at the Gemological Institute of America’s Robert Mouawad Campus in Carlsbad, California.
The team at RareSource would like to thank everyone who visited our booth and contributed to our successful show. As usual our booth was filled with a large assortment of untreated and special gems. Some of our favorites included a 20ct tsavorite garnet, a 11ct+ vivid red spinel from Tanzania and a 14ct rich green paraiba tourmaline. As we reflect on the show we are once again reminded how blessed we are to be able to work in such an incredibly diverse trade that is filled with so many friends. We look forward to seeing you at the next show.
The team at RareSource would like to thank the American Gem Society Guild and the GIA Middle Tennessee Alumni Chapter for inviting Edward to give a presentation at the new approach school for jewelers in Franklin TN. The presentation was titled Adventures in Gemstone Mining and featured a number of the locales that Edward travels to in order to find extraordinary gemstones. We were also introduced to the portable tools and instruments used by Edward on his travels. If you would like more information on the material covered during the evening please visit our articles page.
January 31st – February 5th, 2012
This Year’s Notes on AGTA Tucson from Edward Boehm
The Tucson Gem & Mineral Shows look like they will be busy busy busy this year! Hotels are booked, finding a rental car is tough and many flights into Tucson are sold out! Signaling an encouraging forecast for the rest of 2012. The AGTA Gem Fair, held in the Tucson Convention Center is one of our favorite trade shows. We always look forward to reconnecting with friends, clients and colleagues.
This year I will be speaking at the AGA Conference (Accredited Gemologists Association) on February 1st, 2012. My presentation, The World of Spinels, focuses on sources, treatments and quality characteristics. The hands-on session will provide a great opportunity to learn about the nuances that expert spinel dealers look for when grading. I will also be giving a presentation at the GILC (Gemstone Industry & Laboratory Conference) on January 30th, 2012. Please let me know if you would like to participate by contacting me at email@example.com.
As usual, we will have at our booth our inventory of fine gem quality spinels, untreated blue, purple, and yellow sapphires, rubellite and indicolite tourmaline, outrageous garnets and many other incredible stones.
The mineral portion of the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show at the Tucson Convention Center officially begins on Thursday February 9th and will continue until Sunday. The theme for this year’s main show is “Minerals of Arizona” featuring fine gem quality crystals or specimens. Many museums, as well as private collectors, will add to the beauty and allure of their collections.
Wishing you all continued success and looking forward to seeing you in Tucson and beyond,