The past two weeks have been complete sensory overload here in Tucson but things pretty much wrap up as the formal Tucson Gem & Mineral Show closes at 5 pm today. I spent yesterday afternoon on the main floor on Saturday afternoon, looking at the exhibits and chatting with friends and colleagues.
They took me over to one of the show highlights - a stunning set of Zambian emeralds in a quartz matrix. It their crew 3 months to painstakingly dig the specimen out of a giant quartz block, without damaging or breaking the slender crystals. The asking price - $100,000