Tucson 2013 was an event filled with changes. On a sad note a number of old friends were missing – some had passed, others didn’t or weren’t able to show up. A notable difference was the absence of many of Magical Delights Japanese customers.
We found out that the Yen had been devalued and that meant that products in dollars were more expensive then they had been. A number of old European customers didn’t attend as well. All this seems to reflect the world-wide economic difficulties. So the world continues to get “smaller” and make us all more dependent on everyone (and each other).
Our accommodations @ Sonaran Palms were good as usual, however, we spent the first two weeks of our stay dinning out more frequently than we usually do. We finally went to Bob Dobbs with the Bob and Sue Obijiski’ after many years of trying. At that event we hit upon a new list of stones and their properties which we will begin to introduce soon.
Jess Keeting has already begun to mention a few, ie, Launderite, Moranite, ect. Magical Delights will start by acquainting you with ucranium. Here are some examples from Jess Keeting:
Again we enjoyed Athens on Fourth and as always, Marisco’s Chihuahua. We made the pilgrimage to Daisy Mae’s as well with Vivien and Neil who had not been there. This year we found a new Indian Restaurant on Broadway – New Delhi Palace that Nancy LaValley and I always went to for lunch…dinner is good there , especially the Lasis’.
I took Jean to La Fuente with Walter but it was noisy and not so good. 1 star.
Sales were improved from the last two years and we came away with a profit – Yay!! I sold a lot more jewelry but fewer wands. I suppose that that was because the Japanese weren’t there.
Jean and I shopped as hard as we could and found some good stuff. You can see Jean’s pieces at SpiritDancerCrystals.com.
As for me, my two favorites were two exquisite Apophyllites from Elite Gems (which they saved for me).
Thanks to Manech and Maresh!!
I rendered one of the clusters and it yielded 9 really good Flames of Ishtar™
The other really good find was some Bixbite in Ryolite (Red Emerald in Matrix) from Equatorian Exports. The largest one is for sale for $400.00 – approximate size – 1/2 inch wide by 3/4 inch.
Here are some other finds – Lepidocrosite in Quartz.
Cinnabar in Quartz.
Vibrant Blue Amazonite.
The weather was difficult. It did not cooperate very well. First it was hot and then it was cold and then it was hot and then it was cold!! But, all in all it was a successful trip.
Next we are off to the Edge Life Expo at Fargo North Dakota!!