Last week I was able to go to the last day of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. My two friends, Sandy and Jennifer, were patient as I walked through one hotel lobby. My new knee is giving me problems in the bending/walking area and it will be quite a while before I am able to race through more than a few vendor's setups…..but next year watch out!
One of the booths had spent some time color coordinating their beads. I spent quite a bit of time enjoying all that beautiful color. At another booth, I found petrified bamboo. I’d never even thought of what petrified bamboo would look like and it was lovely. Sorry no photo. http://www.manizone.co.uk/spiritual-exercises-understanding-spiritual-gifts-spiritual-p-1275.html
The other excitement was finding Australian black opals. My Dad always wanted to go the black opal mines and I thought it would be cool to have a stone since I've recently been to Australia. Sticker shock set in and I gave up on the idea…until I stopped at ‘Poor Boys Opals’ and selected 3 natural stones that may or may not be beautiful when they are cut and polished. I could afford the uncut opals and thought how proud Dad would have been if I really could cut and polish a decent piece! And if it doesn't work I’ll have the experience and adventure of trying.
Now I need to invest in the stone cutting/polishing discs for my Jool Tool. That is on my wish list and now it is a little more important.