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Tucson Gem Show

The Tucson Gem Show. It is the name used referring to a multitude of large gem shows, along with a satellite of smaller gem shows that take over Tucson around the last week of January and the first week of February. It’s the biggest to do of the gem show world, and the largest convergence of crystals and gems from around the planet. About 65,000 people visit for the show, and has an economic impact of about 120 million dollars.

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how i got started in jewelry and lapidary

Sitka, AK + Boise, İD

– I’ve been involved in various art related work for most of my life. But also like to switch things up every once in a while. İ was contemplating getting into jewelry for a short while. When an opportunity came up at the right time, i took up a friend’s offer to fly up from New Orleans, LA to Sitka, Alaska and help/learn the art of casting in silver.

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amazing crystals -Shangaan Amethyst

Shangaan Amethyst pendant by Stelae jewelry

Dark, clear + smoky amethyst from Zimbabwe

Anyone who watched Jim Henson’s fantasy film from 1982 “the dark crystal” knows amethyst ain’t nothing to f*** with. But, i along with the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and the skeksis have continually sought out this engaging variety of quartz.

Shangaan Amethyst crystal
Shangaan amethyst

There is a wild diversity and range of metaphysical associations, as diverse as the many cultures that have revered this gemstone from antiquity. One of the most persistent attributes comes from the ancient Greeks who used it to prevent and cure the hangover. Personally, i like to spend a little time in meditation to get to know how a particular element or mineral vibes, i always feel well and protected by amethyst. The jury is still out on hangovers.

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two of my favorite varieties Of Amethyst are Shangaan from Zimbabwe and Veracruz amethyst from Veracruz, mexico. I adore both, and they both have unique attributes and properties.

Shangaan Amethysts are a relatively new discovery and have some amazing physical qualities. They tend to contain a swirling mix of darker purple, clear + light smokiness. Also, A common feature I’m told, is that often, you can see what appears to be tiny reddish purple flecks emanating from the center. I’m told that is a result of an interaction with the mineral hematite during formation. Wether or not hematite is involved, the result is a beautiful sparkling specimen full of positive energy. Because of these qualities, the Shangaan variety steps up and demands attention.

i must admit, i want to be surrounded by amethyst. I desire to lay on amethyst mats, sleep in amethyst rooms and Eat off amethyst plates. At the last Denver gem show, i went all out on a collection of Shangaan Amethyst.

these crystals are perfect raw, in thier naturally found state, with the interplay of it’s constituent colors all together. i have only made pendants using them, customizing each unique crystal with a handcrafted sterling silver setting. They deserve to be raw and upfront and center.

Below, I’ve added a gallery of a few pendants featuring Shangaan Amethyst. And be sure to read my full page on Amethysts!