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    Museum Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert JerseyPearl's Avatar
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    Judi and Sarah, I look forward to meeting you both!
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    Judi, thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience about the Tucson shows, especially the GJX and the AGTA. I will have to give up that dream for now . If y'all are planning to meet up after the seminar, I hope to join y'all- atleast to say hello .
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    Oh, I wish I could go! I'm actually in the US right now with nothing to do. But, I'm in the US, which means I don't have a lot of money for travel *and* shopping. I might have to buy something from Kojima before, though. Want to grab something nice before they sell it off at the show!

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    Abi,
    After the seminar is a great time to meet and chat or coffee or...Usually, everybody is there.
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    First-graft Pearl Senior Member Abi's Avatar
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    Judi,
    I hope I get to have the pleasure of meeting you at the show then. I might actually be able to get into GJX and see the Cortez Pearl booth as well as Kojima/Pacific Pearl booth! Can't wait to see y'all there!
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    So it's been a couple days since the Gem Shows have started. I was able to head to the Pueblo Gem Show and snap a couple of pictures of pearls and non pearls

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    I went to JOGS as well, but took more pictures of non pearl items there.

    I ACTUALLY am able to attend AGTA seminars. Lovely Pattye was right, and I thankfully followed her suggestion in contacting the AGTA. I will be trying to attend some seminars tomorrow over there, then try to head to GJX and see the wonders over there.
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    First-graft Pearl Senior Member Abi's Avatar
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    Guess who I bumped into yesterday,
    Over in the AGTA lobby! It was great to finally meet them, really kind and funny! I look forward to Elizabeth's seminar this Friday.
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    The gold on the south sea keshi strand were so deep, someone probably grabbed it after I left.

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    Some fun baroque south sea strands. Not the best quality, but still fun!

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    Oh I had the pleasure of meeting Douglas as well! Finally have a SOC mabe pearl...making a pendant or ring probably . Some pairs I chose and almost grab, but will look again Friday when I head back.
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    Pretty multicolor bead nucleated strand.
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    Planning to stop by Pacific pearls and check what beauties they have left at their booth.
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    Bravo, Abi! Thank you so much for the awesome photos! I'm glad you are meeting forum friends, attending meetings and more! For some odd reason this thread isn't showing up as a new post, so it's not being read. Weird!

    So satisfying seeing the hanks of pearls stacked up and ohhhh, those dark gold keshi, Yummy!!
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    The golden keshi look wonderful...it would be lovely to see them in person.

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    OMG those GSSP keshi! (Seller/show+booth #/price???)
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    Pattye- It's thanks to your suggestions that I was able to sit in the seminars, and was able to hear Elizabeth Strack.

    It is amazing to put faces on the usernames!! Today was Judi, Jersey Pearl, and Gemgeek! They were really kind with me, even though I am actually shy and awkward in person.

    Those golden Keshi!!! Pattye, Pearl Dreams, MSC- I wish I had photographed them better! I have a couple more pictures. They were so deep, I could probably enjoy looking at them for a long time. lol.

    It had hurt me a little bit to walk away from them, but they were outside my pearl budget... or rather I had gem/pearl plans with what I had with me. (sigh) I may go back and see if it's still there. If it is I may lose my will and buy them.

    MSC- Are you in Tucson?! If you are, I'd like to bump into you! Steven and I drive up there for the shows, I believe we're going to check pueblo Gem Show, then GJX afterwards.

    I found the strand in the GJX show, but the vendor has another booth in the Pueblo Gem Show (Riverpark Inn.). I'm hoping he'll have more in that location....

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    Some Tahitian Keshi I saw today!
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    Oh I went back to grab this beautiful SOC Mabe pair. Can't wait to make earrings out of them, Still pondering whether I'll do a ring or a pendant with the bigger one. My pictures don't capture all of its beauty.

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    Abi, it was such a pleasure to meet you this morning at Elisabeth Strack's lecture. In our excitement oohing and aahing over each others pearls, I forgot to get a group photo. I was able to get this one taken on Thursday (I arrived minutes after Jeremy and Hisano departed). Such a wonderful experience, with the best part meeting other pearly peeps! Name:  IMG_8080.jpg
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    Abi, I wish I was at the show! It's bad timing for me - this time of year work is at it's most insane. I'm loving all the photos (that clutch!!) and your SoC pearls are divine!! Can't wait to see what you do with them. Thank you for posting cropped photos of the keshi. If the vendor has more, please let me know, I'm dying to get a strand

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    Blaire- you look fabulous! Along with everyone else, of course!

    Abi- Fun shopping and I am looking forward to seeing what you decide on.

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    Abi, Love your Cortez Pearls and your reporting! Please do share your other purchases also. It's so great you were able to attend the seminars and shows because you reached out and found a way!

    Douglas and Gals, great to see you all! Maybe next year~
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