Ah! Tucson!

It’s my first full day here in bright, sunny warm Tucson. Well, actually the locals don’t think it’s very warm, but heck 18C is plenty warm enough for me. Today was the opening day for the Gem Mall. This is a wholesale-only show and one of the largest of the 40-odd gem, mineral and bead shows. Imagine if you will, two huge tents – one about the size of a footfall field and the other about 2/3 that. They sell everything from precious gems, semi-precious stones, pearls, finished jewellery, glass beads from Czechoslovakia, China and India, Sterling, base metal findings, …