Just Ask Jeff: Tucson Gemshow Dates


Tucson Gem Show Dates 2006

Every year there are new shows and the show promoters keep changing the names and locations of their show. It is a full time job just keeping things straight. I am listing the different shows and the general locations. I will also tell you what I know about specific shows and give an opinion. Of course you maybe looking for different things or like different shows. So each to their own.

Note: For specific locations and a map pick up a Tucson show Guide. They are all over the show and free, the guide will also list the FREE shuttle routes and times.

AKS Gem Shows (locations: La Quinta Inn, Howard Johnson) – This show is on the freeway in the hotels, as a faceter you should go to this show. There is not much facet rough here, but some.
Jan. 28-Feb. 11

American Gem Trade Association (Tucson Convention Center) – This is the high end finished gem stone show. There is virtually no facet rough here. The show is worth seeing if you want to look. (Requires Wholesale License)
Feb. 1-6

American Indian Exposition – No idea never managed to get to this show. I have been told it is mostly jewelry.
Jan. 29-Feb. 12

Arizona Mineral & Fossil Shows (locations: Mineral & Fossil Marketplace, Inn Suites Hotel, Clarion Hotel-Randolph Park, Ramada Limited, Smuggler’s Inn) – No facet rough in general, I always enjoy looking though.
Jan. 28-Feb. 11

The Bead Renaissance (new location next to the Holidome) – Beads, need I say more?
Jan. 31-Feb. 6

Beaudry Gem & Mineral Show – No idea, a new show. Beaudry is a well known fire agate collector, so I suspect you will see some of the best fire agate around cut and displayed at this show.
Feb. 1-8

Executive Inn Mineral & Fossil Show – No facet rough in general, I always enjoy looking though.
Jan. 28-Feb. 11

Gem & Jewelry Exchange – This is mostly a cut and finished gemstone/jewelry show. There is a little bit, but not much facet rough here. The show is worth seeing if you want to look. (Requires Wholesale License)
Feb. 1-6

Gem & Lapidary Dealer’s Association (Starr Pass Marriott) – This is a finished gemstone/jewelry show. There is virtually no facet rough here. The show is worth seeing if you want to look. Parking is a problem. (Requires Wholesale License)
Jan. 31-Feb. 5

Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers (locations: Gem Mall, Rodeway Inn) – This is the bead show. Not much but beads and junk, with a little cabbing and very occasionally low end facet rough. (Requires Wholesale License)
Jan. 28-Feb. 10

Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers (Holiday Inn/Holidome) – This is the bead show. Not much but beads and junk, with a little cabbing and some occasionally low end facet rough. (Requires Wholesale License)
Feb. 2-10

Globe-X (Days Inn) – This is low end, you may find a little facet rough mixed in the beads and African art junk. Interesting to at least walk through.
Jan. 28-Feb. 13

International Gem & Jewelry Show (locations: Frontage Rd., Michigan St.) – Mostly beads and junk, a little lapidary and jewelry. OK, to walk through but low priority. (Requires Wholesale License)
Jan. 28-Feb. 12

JOGS Jewelry & Gem Show (Tucson Expo Center) – No idea, new show.
Jan. 27-Feb. 9

JOGS Tucson Jewelry & Gift Show (Tucson Expo Center) – No idea, new show.
Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Madagascar Minerals Gallery & Warehouse – Cabbing and native made lapidary junk. Basically not much for a faceter.
Jan. 25-Feb. 12

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show (Riverpark Inn) – This is the main rough show with most of the main faceting rough dealers that show in Tucson here (I do not show in Feb.). The hotel is open to the public, but there are some areas you will need a license.
Jan. 28-Feb. 9

Rapa River Gem & Mineral Show – Along the freeway, lots of junk, some good cabbing dealers and lots of hippies.
Jan. 27-Feb. 12

Rio Grande Catalog in Motion (Tucson East Hilton) – I do not do business or recommend these people. In my opinion do not waste your time.
Feb. 3-6

To Bead True-Blue – Beads, need I say more?
Jan. 31-Feb. 5

Tucson Electric Park Gem & Mineral Show – All the main lapidary manufacturers are here and it is worth a trip. Some cabbing, virtually no faceting rough.
Jan. 28-Feb. 12

Tucson Gem & Mineral Show (Tucson Convention Center) – This is the retail show at the end of all the wholesale shows. I usually never get there. No facet rough, no rough in general.
Feb. 9-12

Tucson Showplace – No idea, a new show.
Jan. 28-Feb. 12

Tucson Westward Look Mineral Show – I have never managed to get here. Some high end minerals I have been told.
Feb. 3-7

The Whole Bead Show (Windmill Inn) – Beads, need I say more?
Feb. 1-6

Worldwide Gem & Jewelry – No idea, a new show.
Feb. 1-6

Gram Faceting Archive of Information
This edited version of an article by the late Jeff Graham is part of a special archived informational series from Gram Faceting. Used with permission.