The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®, opens a new window (, opens a new windowa.k.a. Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase, opens a new window, or the Gem Show by locals—is sponsored by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, opens a new window (TGMS).
The "Tucson Gem Show" was started by two couples: Dan and Betty Caudle and Clayton and Betty Gibson. The first gem show was held in 1955 in the Helen Keeling Elementary School Cafeteria. For the next 17 years the show was held in Quonset huts and livestock buildings at the old Pima County Fairgrounds (now the rodeo grounds) on South Sixth Avenue. Since the Tucson Convention Center was built in 1971 the show has been held there.
The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is held annually, typically beginning in late January and running through early February, and attracts visitors from all over the world. Exhibits by the TGMS are featured at the Tucson Convention Center, but the Gem Show is is spread throughout Tucson with exhibits and vendors in various locations.
For more information, contact:
Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, opens a new window
3727 E. Blacklidge Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85716
To plan to attend the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show see information provided by Visit Tucson at Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase., opens a new window
"Gem show's co-founders were rock-solid partners." Arizona Daily Star. October 27, 2007. Page B1.
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