I have returned from the desert where I wandered for only four days but had my mind utterly blown by the glorious colored gemstone bonanza that is the AGTA GemFair™.
AGTA stands for American Gemstone Trade Association. Widely acknowledged as the world’s authority in color, AGTA and its members lead the industry in educational resources, ethical practices, and the finest colored gemstones and cultured pearls.
AGTA’s trade shows – especially the legendary annual Tucson GemFair™ – brings together the most spectacular colored gemstone and pearl dealers, while maintaining ethical standards that mean every business there is one you can feel good about supporting.
This was the third year I had the honor of serving as one of AGTA’s designated GemFair™ Gembassadors, charged with the sacred duty of sharing all the colored gemstone magic with those of you who couldn’t be there in person.
AGTA GemFair™ is a closed event, only open to the jewelry industry…but its treasures are Not To Be Missed. And that’s exactly why I made sure to take SO MANY pictures.
Colored gemstone heaven: AGTA GemFair 2019.
It’s beyond inspiring to walk around AGTA GemFair™ Tucson and see the difference between finished designer jewelry and the abstract beauty loose colored gemstones and pearls. I will never be able to adequately express how impressive I think it is that jewelry designers can take a pile of rocks and turn them into an exquisite piece of wearable art.
Speaking of exquisite wearable art, the brooch above is a masterpiece by the one and only Paula Crevoshay, a designer who is quite rightfully famous for her colored gemstone designs.
There’s something mesmerizing about a well-organized colored gemstone display. This rainbow-themed box of luscious sapphires at Kimberly Collins Colored Gems stopped me in my tracks. I don’t even want to turn them into jewelry when I see them like this, I just want to own them so that I can have a little box of happiness to look at when I’m sad.
Also: how cool are sapphires that they come in all of these colors?!?
This year, for the first time, AGTA gathered the designers showing finished colored gemstone jewelry and put them together in the bright, airy Grand Ballroom upstairs at the Tucson Convention Center. I loved this, because it made it super easy for me to wander around and see all of the designers – which allowed me to discover and love new-to-me brands like Belle Brooke Designs!
Belle Brooke’s style aesthetic is very fresh and appealing. This kind of delicate, circle-ish detailing is her signature, and I loved seeing it in this necklace with the mixed metal and powerful pop of color from the tourmaline.
This ring by Campbellian Collection is a perfect visual representation of everything I love about colored gemstone jewelry.
Just look how utterly spectacular those colors are together – the green tourmaline, bright diamonds, and purpley pink sapphires positively sing in combination with each other. They glow, they come alive! I feel joy when I look at this ring.