Gem show finds

Alternate title: “I like sparkly things” 😉

A good Valentine’s day theme, eh?

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I look forward to the gem show ALL YEAR. They have a smaller one in the fall, but the biggest and best one not-so-coincidentally falls right before Valentine’s day. 

So what is it?

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The gem show is a wholesale jewelry convention for independent sellers and buyers. There are quite a few locations around Tucson, but our favorites are around the Hollidome (which is a Holiday Inn ballroom and surrounding tents). They have a huge variety of vendors, from loose precious stones, metals, minerals, gold, silver, decor, watches, basically anything you could ever wish for. The selection of buddhas made me squeal with delight, but I’m forbidden from adding an more to our collection. Womp womp.

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The best part: everything is wholesale, so the prices are amazing. You have to be a business owner to get a pass into the gem show, and this is the first year that I was able to get passes for the fam. Pretty exciting stuff!

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As usual, my mom, nana and I had a blast walking around and checking everything out. I’m not usually a huge “splurge on jewelry” kind of person -I’m a purse girl, through and through- but it’s a great time to pick up some classic pieces or fun trendy stuff for a low price. Both of my wedding bands are from the gem show, and I’ve also picked up some jewelry for Livi over the past couple of years.

Here’s what I found this year:

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A sapphire necklace (my fave piece!), gold chain necklace with sparkly flower, leather bracelet and some fun earrings. The cost rundown: $49 for the sapphire necklace, $18 for the gold, bracelet ($9) and earrings ($6 each). Crazy, huh?! 

A few people asked me to share the goods, so there ya go 🙂

What’s your all-time favorite piece of jewelry? Mine is probably the “O” necklaces that Tom and Olivia got for me two Christmases ago.

Hope you have a lovely night <3



More gem show posts here and here!

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  1. Jaimie on February 14, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Love your picks! Nothing feels better than getting jewelry you love at a happy price : ) I know I would lose my mind at the Tucson Show- I work in fine jewelry and when sales people come I have to sit there and sort through all the goods- it is my happy zone : )

  2. Chelsea @ BigBitesLittleBudget on February 14, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    What a fun Valentine’s Day shopping trip. I love all things jewelry and wish we had a gem show nearby. So sparkly!

  3. Taylee @ twist me fit on February 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Love getting deals 🙂

  4. Deanna on February 14, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    “I love sparkly things” would be the name of my one woman show. It’s pretty much my motivation for doing ballroom, and if I could find sparkly yoga pants that didn’t suck to wear I’d pretty much be set for life.

    And you need to come to the garment district. Holy mother of rhinestones does that place sparkle.

  5. Yaara Leve on February 14, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Those gem necklaces are so pretty!! I’d love to go to that gem show sometime! And those prices–what a steal!!! My fave piece of jewelry ever was probably when I was in high school–my mom got me for my 18th Birthday a silver link chain bracelet from Tiffany’s with a silver heart pendant and matching necklace. It was super popular and classy and all the girls had them! I loved it and cherished it so much!

  6. Livi on February 15, 2014 at 6:44 am

    everything looks awesome!! I love perusing at gem shows!

  7. Brittany on February 15, 2014 at 8:10 am

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a necklace that my grandmother gave me. My grandfather gave it to her 60 years ago while they were engaged. It’s a bow with little diamonds in it. I am honored to wear something so special.

  8. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on February 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Cute! Love all the things you picked out 😀

  9. Tracy on February 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Great deals and I agree with you…love the sapphire necklace! Are they real gold or plated? Awesome prices even if gold plated!!

    My favorite jewelry is a gold cross necklace which was a gift from my 95 year old grandma. I never ever take it off!

  10. Julie on February 16, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Such fantastic prices!

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