By Lauriane Lognay
Much to the delight of those in attendance, this year’s Tucson gem shows were as exciting and joyful as ever. As with every February, industry members came together in the desert to marvel at the colourful gemstones and oddities lining the streets.
However, before we get into everything this year’s shows had to offer, let’s address the elephant in the room: coronavirus (COVID-19). Indeed, the shows fell before the virus hit pandemic status, but let’s tackle the difficult questions off the bat.
Was coronavirus a prominent thought in Tucson? I would say ‘no.’
Were people cautious? Absolutely.
That said, while attendees certainly noticed a few empty kiosks here and there—be it at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) show or the Gem and Jewelry Exchange (GJX)—the overall atmosphere in Tucson was a good one.
However, I think I speak for most people at the show, be it vendor or seller, in saying there was some apprehension leading up to the annual desert shows.
Will it go well?
Will people be spending?
Will anyone come?
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