Embracing Warmth and Adventure: My Journey to Tucson

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Pattie Parkhurst


My Journey to Tucson

They say that sometimes, in order to find ourselves, we need to step out of our comfort zones and into the unknown. For me, that meant leaving behind familiar landscapes and embarking on a new chapter of my life in Tucson, Arizona. My decision to move here was fueled by multiple factors: the enticing warmth of the weather, the renowned gem show, the presence of my family, and my deep-rooted fascination with the energy of the desert. In this blog post, I want to share my personal story and the reasons why Tucson became my chosen destination for a fresh start, filled with new experiences and excitement.

The time I have spent in the desert has no doubt infused my jewelry designs with a distinct and captivating essence. The vastness of the desert landscape, with its rugged mountains, delicate wildflowers, and intricate rock formations, has become a constant source of inspiration. The play of light and shadow, is how I came up with the silhouette jewelry collections.

Saguaro Enamel Earrings

A Tapestry of Family History:Tucson holds a significant place in my family, adding a significant layer to my decision to move here. The city became a backdrop for laughter, conversations, and shared experiences that have shaped our family dynamic. My grandparents retired to Tucson drawn by the allure of the desert and its promising opportunities. The Allure of Warm Weather: One of the major draws of Tucson is undoubtedly its warm and sunny climate. Coming from a place where cold winters dominated the year, I longed for a change that would provide me with an abundance of sunshine and outdoor activities throughout the year. Tucson's average annual temperature of 82°F (28°C) seemed like a dream. I have spent lots of time, hiking in the surrounding mountains, and basking in the warm rays of the desert sun.

The Gem Show also has a place in my heart:The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is an internationally acclaimed event that takes place annually, drawing gem enthusiasts and professionals from all around the globe. Being an ardent lover of gemstones and their natural beauty, this event alone was reason enough for me to consider Tucson as my new home. The showcase presents an astonishing array of gemstones, minerals, fossils, and jewelry, offering a feast for the eyes and a unique opportunity to learn and connect with like-minded individuals. Being in Tucson has allowed me to immerse myself in this captivating world and deepen my passion for the Earth's precious treasures.

Embracing the Desert Energy:The desert has always held a special place in my heart. Its vastness, tranquility, and raw beauty have a captivating effect on me. The energy that emanates from the desert is like no other—a unique blend of serenity, resilience, and a touch of mystery. Tucson, surrounded by breathtaking desert landscapes, has provided me with an ideal environment to reconnect with nature and tap into the profound sense of peace and inspiration it offers. From mesmerizing sunsets over Saguaro cacti to starry nights that seem to stretch into infinity, every moment spent in the desert feels like a soul-stirring experienc

Many of the techniques I prefer to use creating jewelry were not that different 3,000-2,000 years ago, stone cutting using hard stones(diamonds) as the cutting mechanism, creating alloys by heating up metals to molten temperature and combining them to create the perfect metals, raising or forging the metal to create fascinating pieces one can examine endlessly. They were using natural gemstones with bright colors like lapis and ruby to add vibrant color.  These time intensive techniques need to be done meticulously and delicately to create pieces that will create heirlooms for not just our generation but generations to come.  These ancient techniques are the essence of what I get lost in creating. SO please join me in my expedition to come!

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