As it does it each year, through the end of January and the first two weeks of February the Arizona desert will attract gemstone and jewelry buyers from around the world. They are drawn into the western U.S. state not only by the generally sunny winter weather, but also by a series of trade shows, ranging from high-end events to displays literally arranged on the backs of trucks.
Much of the activity is centered in Tucson, located in the south of the western state, but for 19 years arguably one of the most prestigious events has takes place immediately prior, in Phoenix, about 170 kilometers to the north – the Centurion Show.
Featuring more than 150 high-end exhibitors, the invitation-only event traditionally has gathered in one place a sampling of buyers many of the more important retail outlets in the United States. Among the exhibitors is MID House of Diamonds.
Taking place from Tuesday, January 28, through Saturday, February 1, this year the show moves back to the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, just 20 minutes north of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
The dates themselves are significant, for Centurion will end four days before the start of the AGTA Gem Show in Tucson, allowing visitors to attend both events.