I did indeed take a foray out to the gem show. :) I went to the Best Bead Show at the Kino Veteran's Memorial Community Center, one I haven't been to before. Very nice! Lots of very pretty lampwork, lots of seed beads. I spent most of my $$ at Dakota Stones. I have been hooked on doing some bead weaving, mostly in the flat spiral stitch. So I was looking for stone in the 6mm - 8mm range. They had plenty of what I was looking for! :) http://www.dakotastones.com
A couple of different sizes of onyx. The pretty faceted ones will be used in a necklace.
Tiger eye and red tiger eye
Sodalite, white howlite, rhondonite
Mexican laguna lace agate, apple jasper, iron zebra jasper
I also found some very pretty copper beads from Avian Oasis
Then I zipped across Ajo Way to the Tucson Electric Park. This show is always fun, because it is huge, and there is a lot of variety. Tools, uncut stone (buckets full of uncut lapis and turquoise!), minerals and fossils, beads, jewelry. I got a good fist full of faceted glass beads. :)
AND .. I've already finished one project with some of the glass beads.
Golden Poppies Bracelet