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Tucson Gem And Mineral Show


The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show held in February each year is one of the world's largest gem, fossil and mineral shows. Over 3,500 dealers from around the world are participate in this well-known event.

Again this February, mobs of rock hounders, gem dealers, paleontologists, Native Americans, geologists and just plain curious converged on Tucson, Arizona for the annual Gem & Mineral Show.

The colossal Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is by far the largest gem and mineral show on earth. It is not a single show held at a single location. The Tucson Show consists of dozens of major independent shows held at various locations throughout the city. Some of the finest mineral specimens known to exist in the world are displayed at the show. Besides those for sale, there are displays by museums, noted collectors and dealers, and competitive displays from expert and beginning collectors, which many regard as the Show's highlight.

An estimated 40,000+ people from more than 20 countries attended this year's event held in early February. More than 25 museums and universities from around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Sorbonne in Paris bring special collections and displays to the show.

Lectures are presented by eminent curators, mineralogists and hobbyists on collecting, photography, mineralogy and other topics. As usual, the show also includes a Saturday night dinner and awards program for professional, amateur and junior competitive exhibitors, including the Paul Desautels Trophy for the finest crystallized mineral specimens; the Lidstrom Memorial Trophy for the best single specimen; and the Neal Yedlin Memorial Trophy for the best micromount display.

Meanwhile, in parking lots, motel rooms, lobbies, lawns, tents, vacant lots and RVs, throughout the city tens-of-thousands of locals and out-of-towners gather at the satellite events searching for retail and wholesale gems, mineral, jewelry, American Indian design, fossils, dinosaurs, rare books, tools and any items possibly associated with the gem, mineral and fossils trade.

For retail dealers of gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry and crafts throughout the western US, Tucson is the place to be in February. This is where most of these dealers re-stock their inventories for the coming year.

If you're interested in attending the Annual Tucson Gem & Mineral show in this year, be aware that lodging is difficult to come by unless it is booked many months in advance. Nearby Saguaro National park has no camping facilities, but Catalina and Picacho Peak State parks north of Tucson offer camping with RV hookups at reasonable rates.

Tucson Gem and Mineral Society office: 800-638-8350 or www.tucsongemshowguide.com


THE LIST BELOW IS COLOR CODED TO CORRESPOND WITH THE LOCATIONS ON THE MAP.
RED INDICATES "WHOLESALE" (registration and business credentials required)
BLUE INDICATES "WHOLESALE / RETAIL" (open to the public, no registration required).
CLICKING ON A SHOW NAME BELOW, WILL TAKE YOU TO THAT SHOWS EXHIBITOR LIST.

Gem & Lapidary Dealers Association
Starr Pass Marriott Resort
at Starr Pass
1 American Indian Exposition
Flamingo Hotel
1300 N. Stone Ave.
15
Intergem Tucson Michigan St.
3340 Michigan St.
(One Block West of Palo Verde Rd.)
2 Tucson East Hilton
Rio Grande Catalog in Motion
7600 E. Broadway Blvd.
16
Tucson Convention Center
American Gem Trade Association
260 S. Church St.
3 Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show
Best Western Executive Inn
333 W. Drachman St.
17
Gem Mall - Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers
Country Club Rd. & Michigan St.
(I-10 at Palo Verde Rd.)
4 Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show
InnSuites Hotel
475 N. Granada Ave.
18
Holiday Inn/Holidome
Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers
4550 S. Palo Verde Rd.
4 Vagabond Plaza Hotel
Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show
1601 N. Oracle Rd.
19
Tucson Electric Park Gem & Mineral Show
2500 E. Ajo Way
(Between Kino Pkwy. & Country Club Rd.)
5 Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show
Mineral & Fossil Marketplace
1333 N. Oracle Rd.
20
La Quinta Group
La Quinta Inn
665 N. Freeway Ave.
6 Sabbar Shrine
The Bead Renaissance
450 S. Tucson Blvd. (15th St. & Tucson Blvd.)
21
Days Inn/Convention Center
Globe-X/Days Inn
222 S. Freeway Ave.
7 Kino Veterans Memorial Community Center
The Best Bead Show
2805 E. Ajo Way (Ajo Way & Forgeous Ave.)
22
Holiday Inn Express
Pacifica/AKS Trade Shows
750 W. Starr Pass Blvd.
8 Windmill Inn
The Whole Bead Show
4250 N. Campbell Ave.
23
Manning House
Tucson Diamond Show
450 W. Paseo Redondo
9 Westward Look Resort
Tucson Westward Look Resort Mineral Show
245 E. Ina Rd.
24
Tucson Convention Center
Tucson Gem & Mineral Society
260 S. Church St.
10 Tucson Scottish Rite
Dell
160 S. Scott Ave.
26
Rodeway Inn/Grant Road
Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers
1365 W. Grant Rd.
11 Mineral & Fossil Co-op
1635 N. Oracle Rd.
27
Rapa River Gem & Mineral Show
292 S. Freeway Ave.
(Between Congress St. & Starr Pass Blvd.)
12 Tucson Show Place
1530 S. Freeway Ave.
28
Howard Johnsons
Pacifica/AKS Trade Shows
1010 S. Freeway Ave.
13 A Beaucoup Congˇ
355 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.
(Between First Ave. & Stone Ave.)
30
Intergem Tucson Simpson St.
Simpson St. (South of Convention Center)
14 Trade Shows International
Palo Verde rd.
(Across from the Holidome)
31


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