Tucson 2014, Day 4 cont.by Pete Brush on 02/12/14
On with the rocks now We did a lot of poking around near the riverpark and found some bricks of this stuff. Another one for my fab fakes library. Not sure if it's actual turquoise dust that's been compressed or even chalk but they weren't trying to pull any fraud with the stuff. This piece cost me a buck fifty
Now across the road to the GJX show where we met up with Rick and Reed before they left for Denver to put together 3 new faceting machines for me As I said before, sometimes things just don't work out and the amethyst I was hoping to buy was one of them. On the other hand, sometimes things pop up right in front of you and this was one. I certainly wasn't expecting to buy any citrine. When it comes to facet rough, I tend to get dead set in my preferences and citrine has just a very narrow color band that I really like so I was quite surprised to find this stuff in the next booth. Yes it was heated and disclosed and I'll do it again when I put this up on my website. Most of the good citrine is heat treated amethyst these days anyway so it's no big thing to me. Anyway this is the color I really like in this material. I'd have bought more but my pockets are starting to dry out and I can always get more.
After that we split up with Leslie and I heading for the electric park. When we got there Leslie took a right in the main tent and walked into a wall of gemstone beads and got sooooo tangled up in them that it took all of her bead money to get them off. I was going to take a picture of the ones that stuck to her but she hustled them off to fedex and sent them to our house with the Maw sit sit
That wasn't the end of our adventures at the electric park though. On the way out of the main tent I stumbled into a so so looking pile of sphene rough. Now sphene's one of my fav stones to cut and the dispersion of the stuff is incredible so even though I was taking a chance on this, I picked out the best looking ones I could find. I'll take another look at them when I get home and may cut a few of them. If I cut them, I'll post some pics on the ISG pics of stones thread.
One more stop before we called it a day. Had to go to the Diamond Pacific tent at the electric park. Beside's selling high quality lapidary equipment, they always have cookies! So, while wandering though their tent full of toys and munching their cookies we found this little gem. It's a four watt, long, short and combined, battery powered UV light. I picked it up for just 80 bucks It might not be a super-duper expensive light box type but it's showing Leslie's diamond ring has a lot of reaction. Not surprising there, it's a champagne diamond. Anyway, at 80 bucks it's good enough for what I want to do with it
That's it for tonight. Tomorrow we're heading for the triton missile museum and then to the insuites show. We might squeeze a couple of the lesser known shows in before we leave on Saturday. Some of you may be too young to remember how dumb we were during the cold war and may not know what the triton was but those of us that thought we'd be safe even if a nuke went off nearby, if we would just "duck and cover" like the gov't told us to, we remember these things.
PetePete (AKA Ruffysdad)