Gem Rough Buying Tour of Tucson Shows

01/01/1970 @ 12:00 am

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Join Scott as he spends an entire day taking you to his favorite gem rough buying haunts.  This tour is for both new and experienced faceters looking to broaden their supplier base.  Get introduced to his suppliers, learn what to look for and how to look for it, and get answers (maybe!) to any questions you may have.  You will have an opportunity to purchase rough from the dealers during the tour.  If you are interested in both low- and high-end rough this is for you.  And it doesn’t matter if you bring $100 or $100,000 to spend, you could be broke by the end of the day!

Scott Sucher is an acknowledged expert in the history and cutting of famous historical diamonds, having published articles on the French Blue, Tavernier Blue, and Koh-i-Noor diamonds in Gems and Gemology, Review de Gemologie in France, plus a few others.  Scott was the featured expert gem cutter in the Discovery Channel documentary “Unsolved History: The Hope Diamond” that first aired in March 2005 and the 2010 National Geographic program “Secrets of the Hope Diamond” with significant on-air time in both programs. His work is on permanent exhibit in many museums and can be found in reference books published by JTV, Yale University, and several others.


This event is fully booked.


  1. salenasurrarrer

    I’m a new member and a newly trained gem cutter. So new you can smell the novice on me. Haha. I see that the trip is fully booked. I was wondering if there is a standby list in case someone cancels? Or if private trips were available? I really want to learn and I’m not familiar enough to know where to go or who to ask. Any directions, suggestions, or opinions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you in advance,
    Salena Surrarrer
    Burning Bridge Designs

  2. Alan Balmer

    Last year there was some talk about having a standby list, but it never went any further. Let me ask some people.
    Be sure to visit the Old Pueblo Lapidary Club Thursday-Saturday for the other events and to meet fellow members.

  3. Dan Lynch Post author

    Hi Salena – no standby list this year. Sorry the tour does fill up quickly. If you look at our USFG Guild Facebook page, we do have a location listed of some of the top gem rough dealers. Many of these dealers are also involved this year in presentations for the USFG Symposium and will likely have rough available after their talks as well. For me personally with the additions that are new this year on that list – there will be more great select facet rough available than ever before from very trusted dealers.

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