(Photo from left: Brasilianite-Nick Stolowitz; emerald beads; cavensite-Superb Mineral Specimens of India, Ltd.)
As one of Arizona Bead Dog’s missions to educate and advise the public, buyers, and exhibitors about the gem, jewelry, and mineral business, these articles, essays, interviews, and web resources support that goal.
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Special: Dave Waisman's Open Call to Mineral Collectors Everywhere
Arizona Bead Dog Article: “10 Tips to Prepare you for Buying Beads at Tucson's Gem & Mineral Shows.”
Arizona Bead Dog Article: “5 Tips to Turn Your Bead-Stringing Hobby Into a Jewelry Business.”
Arizona Bead Dog Article: "Lessons Learned -- For Buyers & Sellers -- at the Gem Show."
Arizona Bead Dog Article: "Why Buy a Rock?"
(Faceted iolite beads)
"Rocks," by Dan Goss Anderson.
"Why I Collect Minerals--2011 Update," by Dave Waisman.
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Arizona Bead Dog Interview: Linda Britt, Interior Designer, “Tips for Using Mineral Specimens in Home Design.”
Arizona Bead Dog Interview: Stewart Kuper, Stewart Kuper Jewelers, “Advice for Buying Loose Precious and Semi-Precious Stones.”
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(Faceted tourmaline beads)
Every now and again, Arizona Bead Dog's web research or web surfing turns up interesting, relevant websites, such as the following:
Sterling silver: Here's an informative website about most anything you want to know about silver, including information about Hill Tribe silver, caring for your silver, and other articles: www.sterling-silver.ws.
Minerals: In Tucson's backyard, be sure to visit the MIneral Museum at the University of Arizona, and check out their website: www.uamineralmuseum.org.
Minerals: If you want more mineral information, check out an exhaustive alphabetical list, plus photos, at: www.webmineral.com. And if you haven't taken Arizona Bead Dog's mineral quiz, click here.
840-pound emerald-encrusted rock: abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=7003533.
Diamonds: Here's an interesting article about lab-created diamonds, life-threatening intrigue, and wide-spread applications for man-made diamonds in "Diamonds on Demand," in the June 2008 Smithsonian magazine. For a related article about where to see famous genuine diamonds, see Smithsonian.com/diamonds.
Pearls: Learn more about pearls: The Pearl Market (pearl history). From this point you can click on the site for more info about how pearls are formed, quality, values, shapes, and caring for your pearls. A very readable site.
For more information in a harder to read format, go to New York's American Museum of Natural History site.