acclaimed Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is held every year on the second
full weekend of February. It has set the standard for gem and mineral shows
around the world, and is now the largest gem and mineral show in the United
States. The Show is open to the public and presents retail Dealers only. Proceeds
from the Show remain in the Tucson economy and are used to support mineral knowledge
Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, Inc. and Tucson Gem and Mineral Show Committee
remains dedicated to presenting extraordinary mineral, gem, fossil, lapidary
and jewelry exhibits. These exhibits provide a rare window into private and
museum collections from around the world.
Saturday Night Dinner Program on February 11, 2012 will include a silent auction,
buffet, awards ceremony, slide competition awards and a live auction.
and seminars are held Thursday through Sunday of the Show week in the Crystal
Ballroom and Turquoise Ballroom at the Tucson Convention Center. They are open
to the public and free of charge.
are an estimated 250 retail dealers sharing the Exhibition Hall and the Arena
areas of the Tucson Convention Center. An unparalleled variety of mineral, fossil,
jewelry, lapidary crafts and related publications are presented under one roof.
Society and the Show Committee invite approximately 3,000 Arizona elementary
school students from grades 3-5 to attend the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
free of charge with their teachers and chaperones. This affords the children
a special opportunity to view the exhibits and shop with the Dealers on Friday
morning of Show week. We are not accepting any more submissions
at this time.
cooperative effort between the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society and the Society
of Earth Science Students from the University of Arizona provides a truly fun
and educational experience for any child who loves the earth sciences. In the
Junior Education area at our Show children go through a maze of educational
experiments in an exciting interaction with the university students. They will
go on a mineral treasure hunt, and bring home with them a variety
of clearly identified specimens that will remind them for many years of this
real and unique journey into the realm of science and education.
Photo by Jeff Scovil