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Rosary Workshop - Wonderful trips
TUCSON GEM and MINERAL SHOW
 

WORLDS LARGEST 
INTERNATIONAL GEM AND MINERAL SHOW
During the last week in January and the first week of February, Tucson Arizona submits to sellers and buyers from all over the world. Why? Because it is the largest gem and mineral show of its kind anywhere.  This convergence of treasures and people is enough to baffle the mind and the eye. It is as if you walked into an international market somewhere other than the US.  May be even the storehouse of the Smithsonian. 
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For beaders, it is a treasure trove of overwhelming proportions and unexpected delights. Ancient beads from before Christ (BCE) to new beads fresh from the hands of expert and innovative lampworkers and wire benders are there.
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Huge tents that normally house seasonal sports events now spill into more tents - all full of beads and findings.  Motel rooms become open shops, one after another. Tables filled with beads outside each door lure one inside for more.  40 + sites around the city and we only were able to visit 4. It is a feast no one can endure for long, thus in the evening it is time for great Latin American cuisine and the search for the best Margarita in Tucson! Then there is tomorrow. ... If ... only the body ... can take one more day! 
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But on Sunday - there is the Mission church, San Xavier del Bac, also known as the Dove of the Desert just south of the city. There we will recapture our thoughts and redirect our motives as rosarymakers - andy maybe catch a whiff of fry bread if the market is open in front!
AWESOME ANCIENT BEADS 
AND TREASURES FROM FAR AWAY LANDS ...
 There is no time to rest comfortably in this sunny January place.  This feast for the eyes, such treasures below - sold by venders - who - many - wear their native garments from the Middle East, Africa, the Orient and India. (Even though they may be from Chicago!)
When Christ was on earth, these beads were ancient ... (Bead Castle, Berkeley)
Antique carpets and furniture mingle with beads from the East
African trade beads and old chevron beads fill tables everywhere ...
Turquoise and coral sold by Black Hair Inc ...
... TURQUOISE  AND CORAL WATERFALLS 
SPILL INTO RIVERS OF MORE OF THE SAME, 
.... and it is hard to believe these endless piles of beads will be hardly there by the end of the week.  Eager hands will grab them for their own.  We are not allowed to photograph any more so glad these pictures were taken to remind us of all we look forward to in January of each year. Faceted Pearls?  How do they do that?  But the venders just smile ....
 
Exquisite faceted Japanese pearls play with the lights above ...
A table groans from the heaping piles of turquoise beads ...
Rust Vanadinite, Amethyst geodes, Blue Chrysocolla-Malachite (AZ)
2 - 3 inch Pyrite eggs and balls from Peru sparkle in the sun ...
THIS RUST COLORED CRYSTAL (VANADINITE) ABOVE
... is used to create steel (?) - And those 2 and 3 in Pyrite Eggs are heavy! All the way from Peru! Turquoise from all over the world, each mine produces its own fingerprint and experts go about reading this information in the matrix and color.
 
Like big blue marbles, these balls range from 2in to 8in across -
They look ready to be launched into a starry sky ...
terra firma and water seem to mingle on each global surface ...
great continents cut into shape by blue waterways ...
THESE MARBLE LIKE GLOBES BAFFLED ME ...
... each looking like a little world that one might pluck out of the sky, each with a history of its own - lakes oceans, rivers, land! The imagination runs wild! Then one could wonder, if this was a peek into the workshop of the Lord!
EACH COLOR IN KAREN LEWIS' BEADS BELOW
... is a different piece of clay - we fell in love with her work and have enjoyed incorporating these rare gems into our gallery collections of rosaries, chaplets and jewelry. New Clay is tougher than glass!
Hand made Klew beads are very detailed ...
A box of Klew beads waiting to be purchased ...
Tomas or David will tell you the history of these old beads ...
... from Austria, Germany or Czechoslovakia and how they are made.
A FAVORITE STOP IS ALWAYS BEAUCOUP CONGE' 
...  to see Tomas and his newest collection of antique beads. Here above are some of those antique beads we should have never left behind! What was the matter with us!!!!! Long gone and never to return as those markets are drying up in Europe.
 
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Our vision is to provide the finest handmade rosaries, chaplets and other fine religious art forms for personal worship we can make using the best supplies available.  The Guild believes the work of our hands should give visual Glory to God, therefore for us, the best for you is very, very important.

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