Southlake, TX (PRWEB) February 15, 2011
Pieter Andries, certified gemologist and founder of Pieter Andries Creators of Fine Jewelry in Southlake (http://www.pieterandries.com), attended the American Gem Trade Association’s (AGTA) 2011 GemFair™ held February 1-6 in Tucson, Arizona. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, GemFair Tucson is home to the largest selection of colored gemstones and cultured pearls in North America.
GemFair Tucson brings together gemstone aficionados from around the world who have the opportunity of getting the first look at hot gemstones and the newest production of the classics. Exhibitors at the trade show include:
- AGTA colored gemstone and cultured pearl dealers
- Colored gemstone jewelry designers
- Colored gemstone jewelry manufacturers
- Colored diamond dealers
- Antique and estate jewelry dealers
- Tools and equipment suppliers
- Industry-related service and supply companies
In addition, GemFair Tuscson is a rare opportunity to hear from industry experts, discuss emerging trends, learn the latest information and techniques, and network with buyers and sellers. The weeklong trade show includes educational sessions, special exhibits, awards ceremony, and social activities.
According to Pieter Andries, who has attended GemFair Tucson for the past 25 years, the trade show is an investment in his custom jewelry business.
“Although I have been in the fine jewelry business for more than 40 years, I always believe there is something new to learn and more to offer my customers,” Andries explains, noting he travels the world hand-selecting gemstones and diamonds for his custom jewelry creations. “I always enjoy the tremendous learning, sharing and networking that take place at this trade show, and bring new information and techniques back to my staff and craftsmen.”
AGTA (http://www.agta.org) is an association of United States and Canadian trade professionals dedicated to promoting the long term stability and integrity of the natural colored gemstone and Cultured Pearl industries. AGTA pursues its goals through the combined use of educational programs, publicity, industry events, government and industry relations, and printed materials for both the trade and consumer. Today, the AGTA and its members are active in all areas, from mines and research labs to wholesale offices, design studios and retail showrooms. As a result, the AGTA is recognized as the true voice of the natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industries.