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“All the Glitter and Sparkle” – The 2014 Annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

Each year in late January, February and September, the city of Tucson, Arizona holds the Annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. The show provides an opportunity to see some of the most spectacular minerals, gem and lapidary exhibits in the world.

Overview of the TGMS Show TM
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Throughout the show, you can sense excitement in the air as some of the rarest and most beautiful gems and minerals are put on display.

On February of 1954, The Tucson Gem and Mineral Society presented their first show at the local fairgrounds. It started out as a swap meet, inviting rock collectors and hobbyists from around the region. The event proved to be popular with an amazing crowd showing their appreciation for the beautiful samples on display.

Since 1955, prominent dealers and private collectors from around the world have exhibited some of their most stunning displays and works of art. Precious gems, fossils and other examples of minerals are sponsored by the committee of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society.

Over the years, the show has expanded into a collection of many shows, held at various hotels throughout Tucson. However, the main show is held at the Tucson Convention Center Exhibition Hall and the Arena. The show runs from January 31 - February 16, 2014 and is open to the public. Each year the show features a mineral, and this year's theme is "Diamonds"-A Girl’s Best Friend.

This year an estimated 250 retail dealers will be on hand displaying a variety of mineral, fossil, jewelry and lapidary crafts. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show attracts some of the top private mineral collectors from around the world, and this year will be no exception.

Throughout the show, museum curators and expert mineralogists will present talks on subjects of interest to collectors and the public. Demonstrations will be given by skilled craftsmen on the use of equipment and the art of gem cutting.

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show presents a great opportunity for those in the gem and mineral business, to purchase and sell their goods. The show features millions of dollars in precious stones and minerals; perhaps one of the reasons why it attracts so many people.

The event has a lasting effect on what happens the rest of the year. Prices set at the Tucson show generally become the standard for a period of time.

In addition to purchasing and selling, dealers and tourists come to Tucson for their vacation and to meet old acquaintances.

With an average temperature of 52 degrees during the months of January and February, makes Tuscon an excellent location for the Gem and Mineral Show. A number of fine hotels and restaurants are within walking distance from the convention center.

Tucson provides visitors with a number of great attractions and activities that include a ghost town, hiking, golf, tennis and shopping.

For more information, visit Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.