Tucson Gem & Mineral Showcase

  • Tucson Gem & Mineral Show - Starting January 20, 2016

    The annual Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is called the “largest, oldest and most prestigious gem and mineral show in the world” and for good reason. Just the sheer size of the 40+ shows is mind boggling, not to mention the tens of thousands of visitors, top mineralogists, gem experts, dealers and collectors. The shows are spread all across the city in sprawling exhibit tents, hotel ballrooms, motel meeting rooms, and several convention arenas. Some of the best and most expensive museum-quality gem stones, minerals, fossils, beads and jewelry can be found at these locations. The shows sell everything from small bags of polished rocks for a few dollars to gemstones for thousands of dollars. Many major museums and private collectors attend displaying the outstanding specimens in their collections, including the Smithsonian Institute and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Most of the shows feature some very unique items, such as the world's largest meteorite or a five-foot tall geode. The shows also provide a great way to meet and network with people from around the world. A complete list of shows, locations, and opening and closing dates can be found at www.tucsongemshows.net. Most of the shows are open to the public, however, there are a few wholesale only shows. Lecturers and symposiums are open to the public and free of charge. Non-profit mineral and earth sciences organizations are invited to participate at the show and each organization staffs their own booth and meets with the public to share an abundance of information. Entry to most of the shows is free and free parking is available for the most part. Free shuttle transportation is available between many of the shows as well. If you enjoy treasure hunting, you’ve hit the jackpot!