The International Gem & Jewelry Show was this weekend. It's a traveling show, with a smallish "wholesale" area, and there are usually a couple of vendors I like to patronize. Also, I'd gotten a couple of free passes from one of the aforementioned vendors, so on Sunday, off I went, with my friend L in tow. I had a bunch of $2 off coupons that I handed out to everyone after me in line, which I figure is way better than some cheap chocolate bunny. :-)
One of the vendors cuts the most beautiful and unusual cabachons. His wife does amazing wire-wrapped jewelry, so we have a great time talking shop while I'm drooling over the stones. I bought some really nice turquoise, dinosaur bone, a lovely matched pair of lapis cabs, some nice black and white coral, tuxedo agate, and two gorgeous psilomelane pieces that will become a centerpiece of my "Christmas Collection". Made some really nice deals on kyanite beads and some nice unusual stuff like dyed lava rock. I'll post pics of all my new toys soon.
I got a nice pice of greenish schist tile from one of my Gem & Mineral Society members to cut up so I can mount my silver chasing piece. I just need to go to a tile place and get them to carve it up for me.
If anyone has a DW invite, I'd love one. Right now I'm over there on OpenID.