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Gems - Geodes

Gems and Minerals

Gem, Mineral & Fossil Capital of the U.S.

Each February, with daytime temps in the perfect mid-60s to low-70s, the Old Pueblo becomes home to not just the biggest gem and mineral show in the U.S.—the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase—but dozens of gem shows throughout the city, drawing tens of thousands of visitors in the span of three weeks.

A number of gem shows spark to life again every September for a long weekend after Labor Day, and all year long, rockhounds, gemologists, and average Janes and Joes can delve into the fascinating world of precious stones, fossils, and more in and around Tucson at the University of Arizona Mineral Museum, mining tours, artist studios, and jewelry galleries.

There's a reason Arizona is home to the greatest concentration of the world's top mineral collectors. Come discover what they already know.

Year-Round Gem & Mineral Shopping >> 

These gem shows are open to the public year-round. Be sure to call inadvance, as hours may be by appointment only.

Mining Tours—Past and Present >> 

The wealth just under our feet shaped the history of the Tucson region as copper and silver made towns like Bisbee and Tombstone legends of the Old West.

Museums & Displays >> 

Gem aficionados love Tucson's top-notch art and specialty museums.

Local Shops & Authentic Work >>

Tucson is a beacon to people who love and create beauty. Explore the world through their eyes in these shops and studios.

Beads & Jewelry Classes >> 

Find your inner talent for jewelry and beading to take home a one-of-kindtreasure for you or someone you love.

 

For More Information

 

The Arizona Mineral Education >> 

Explore links to mineral museums, photo galleries, and educational opportunities—a resource for educators, students, and the public.

Arizona Experience Store >>

A downtown Tucson resource for all rockhounds and hobbyists seeking more information on the history and geologic character of the state. Maps, books, free information, and ideas for GeoTourism Day Trips are available online or from their helpful staff.

Tucson Gem & Mineral Society® >> 

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Society (TGMS) sponsors the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® TGMS, a nonprofit, educational organization promoting interest in minerals, gems, jewelry, lapidary, and earth sciences holds general meetings, lectures, educational classes, field trips, and micromount classes.