Tucson Gem Show in Review

Since the Tucson Gem show is a “must-view” event, DCGIA devotes each February meeting to a “Tucson Report” where Chapter members who attended could exhibit items they purchased for “show and tell” and discuss prices, new trends, and impressions with everyone at the meeting. A BIG Thank You to All the Members for sharing with us!

Lois Berger GG, NAJA, DCGIA’s resident pearl expert discussed all things “Cultured Pearls”.

Lois’ pearl report provides indepth wholesale pricing and pearl industry news each year.

Lois provided a Power Point presentation Lois H. Berger – Tucson 2013 Pearls along with a PDF document LoisBerger Pearl Report  covering the Highlights of what she saw and prices for the wholesale market place.


Kusam Malhotra Owner of K & K International in Vienna, VA. was a vendor at the 2013 Tucson International Gemshow.  Displaying Wholesale Natural Colored Gemstones:
Alexandrite, Colored Diamonds, Aquamarine, Beryl, Red Beryl, Chrysoberyl, Kunzite, Diamond, Garnet, , Morganite, Turquoise, Zircon and Extra Fine Gem Quality Rubies.
Real Fine sapphires of All Colors. Real and Exotic Stones from A – Z. Tourmalines of all Colors and from All Regions of the Globe.

Kusam shared some beautiful Gems from the show. Although there is a lot of treated colored stones out there, Natural “untreated” stones are available, always get a certificate from a LAB.


Michele McMurtry is interested in beads, gemstones, rough, and specimens, and making jewelry. She has sold jewelry at the Bead Museum and at shows in the DC area.  She is treasurer of the Bead Society of Greater Washington, a member of the DC and Montgomery County Chapters of the Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society and a member of the DCGIA Alumni Association Chapter. Michele shared numerous items of interest.












Tim Morgan has a Ph. D. in early American history from The College of William and Mary in 1976. After retirement, he became interested in beads, gemstones, rough, and specimens. Serving  as exhibits director and museum director for the Bead Museum in Washington DC from 2006 until its closure at the end of 2008, he designed and installed exhibits such as Treasures of the Earth,which showed how humans have transformed minerals into gemstones and pieces of jewelry. Tim shared a number of interesting items.





Courtland Lee is DCGIA’s resident Geologist and Miner, a gemologist with a MS in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona (1967). After early work in western metals exploration, and a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, Courtland went to work in Washington, D.C. on Federal Mineral programs. While there he worked on Capitol Hill for the Mines and Mining Committee. Courtland was instrumental in getting petrified dinosaur bone designated as the official Maryland state gemstone. Courtland Lee was a vendor at the 2013 Tucson International Gemshow.

Courtland displayed beads made from the Maryland State Gemstone, the Patuxent River Stone. He also had beads from petrified dinosaur teeth. Courtland’s main focus is Mineral Specimens, he shared a few items:


Pennsylvania williamsite { George F Kunz} carved mountain in mainland China. Sinkankas valued this material more valuable than many jades.


Denise Nelson of Inner Circle was not able to be present, but provided a slideshow of the mineral displays, 2013 theme was Flourite. Tucson 2013 by Denise Nelson

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The Tuscon Gem Report meeting is always well attended by those of us that missed actually being there!


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