Tucson Gem Show happening February 1-17

Tucson Rock, Gem and Mineral Show

Doug Williams

We’re lucky to be close to Tucson!

Why? Because the world’s largest gathering of Rock Shows happens this month!

What’s it called? Collectively, it’s known as the “Tucson Gem Show.”

How long does it last? Two weeks: February 1 to 17.

It’s more than one show! Actually, it’s a massive accumulation of 43 different “satellite shows” at dozens of locations around Tucson. Most of these “Early” Shows are open to the public with free admission! All are precursors to the “Main Show” which is the last show and held at the Convention Center February 14 to 17, 2019. Don’t miss this one. It’s the granddaddy of them all; the 65th Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® presented proudly by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society.

History: Tucson’s “Gem Show” evolved from humble beginnings in 1955. A small group of brilliant “Rock Hounds” interested in mineral knowledge and appreciation decided to have a “gem show.” Committed to geology, mineralogy, lapidary and allied earth sciences, they believed it was the first show of its kind to assemble hobby enthusiasts, curators, professionals and the public for discovery and discussion of rocks, gems and minerals. It was held at a local elementary school with a 25-cent admission. The show eventually settled at Tucson Convention Center where it remains today (65 years later) and is still hosted by Tucson Gem & Mineral Society volunteers. In short, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® is the largest, oldest and most prestigious gem and mineral show in the world! Visit their website, http://www.tgms.org/show/.

Perspective: All of the 43 “Satellite shows” (which precede the “Main Show”) are vying for the attention of the 55,000 visitors who show up in Tucson during the first two weeks of February and spend over $120 million! Unquestionably, it’s the biggest “show” of its kind anywhere on earth. Part trade-show, retail extravaganza, museum exhibition, cultural festival, it’s a “World Class” premier experience unmatched by any other.

Summary: It’s also a wonderful opportunity for YOU to drive down the I-10 and enjoy exploring multiple shows featuring gems, minerals, crystals, beads and fossils, finished jewelry, lapidary supplies and equipment and books for rock hounds and hobbyists.

Chronological List: See all show names, addresses, websites and maps here: http://www.tucsongemshows.net/.

Of the 43 shows listed, here are just three to consider visiting…

1. JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show: This 800-booth gem show draws buyers from all over the world. International wholesalers, manufacturers and designers of jewelry, gem dealers and stone cutters, showcasing new designs and new ideas.

2. 22 Second Street Mineral, Fossil and Gem Show: 350+ dealers offering an appealing balance of minerals, gems, fossils, dinosaurs, meteorites, jewelry, beads and art

3. Miner’s Co-op Rock Show: Buy direct from 50 dealers with old-timer knowledge! More than a show, it is a community of rock hounds in Marana, AZ, at the Mike Jacobs Sports Park.

The Sun Lakes Rock, Gem, & Silver Club invites you to our February 18 meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the Navajo Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club.