Tucson Gem Show 101

Welcome to the Tucson Gem Show 101.

This website introduces various information about the Tucson gem shows.

You can find all information about the Tucson gem show’s tips, registration, schedules(dates), map, app, products, tickets, reviews, and more. 

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2022 (September) schedule?
Tucson Gem Show 2022 Schedule

2023 schedule?
Tucson Gem Show 2023 Schedule

International shows schedule?
International Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show Schedule 2022

If you missed Tucson Gem Show, please consider to visit the Denver Gem & Mineral Show 2022. Denver show will start on September 8th, 2022.
Denver Gem & Mineral Show 2022 Dates & Schedule

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Schedule Fall (September), 2022

The next Tucson Gem Show (Fall) will start on September 1st, 2022.

Please see Tucson Gem Show 2022 Schedule.

Tucson Gem Show 2022 Schedule
This page introduces the schedule of the Tucson Gem Show 2022. You can see the lists of the shows, dates, hours, and locations.

Schedule 2023

The next Tucson Gem Show (Winter) will start January 25 to February 12, 2023.

Here is the schedule of 2023.

Tucson Gem Show 2023 Schedule

Tucson Gem Show 2023 Schedule
This page introduces the schedule of the Tucson Gem Show 2023. You can see the lists of the shows, dates, hours, and locations.

COVID-19

Tucson Gem Show 2022 is not cancelled.

COVID-19 restrictions of the show

Vaccination and wearing a mask is NOT mandate in the Tucson Gem Show for now.  (as of February 2022) 

Almost all shows require the following.

  • Wear face covering
  • Social distancing
  • Admission limits (depend on booth)

Some of the shows require the following.

  • Temperature check (cannot be 100.4 Fahrenheit/38 Celsius or higher)
  • Controlled entries (depend on venues)
  • One-way foot traffic

COVID-19 testing site in Tucson

Pima Community College West Campus (2202 W. Anklam Road, in 10 minutes drive from Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show)

Kino Event Center (2805 E. Ajo Way, in 5 minutes drive from Kino Gem & Mineral Show)

If you need to take a COVID-19 test in Tucson, please go to pima.gov/covid19testing to find locations and hours of all the testing options.

Read more: If you want to know more, please visit COVID-19. You can find the latest information about Tucson’s COVID-19.

What is the Tucson Gem & Mineral, Fossil Show?

The Tucson Gem & Mineral, Fossil Show is the biggest gem and fossil show in the world.

It takes place in Tucson, Arizona every winter and fall. The Winter show is the most famous, and it kicks off the final week of January and continues through the middle of February every year.

The Fall show is smaller than the winter show. It is held on the final week of August through the first week of September. Just remember there are two gem shows in Tucson every year.

Read more: Tucson Gem Show 2022 Schedule

The Tucson Gem Show Winter consists of nearly 50 shows and these shows are held in different areas and dates. It is challenging to attend all the shows. Therefore, you should plan where you want to go before arriving in Tucson.

At the show, you can purchase gemstones, jewelry, minerals, rocks, and fossils below the retail price. Also, you can see rare stones, museum-class minerals, and, one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Read more: Products of the Tucson Gem Show

Recommended Show Ranking

This section introduces you to the recommended show ranking of the Tucson gem show. This ranking is based on customer reviews, popularity, history, the scale of the show, and other original research sources.

JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show

・Date: September 1 - September 4, 2022
・Vendors: 350
・Registration: Yes
・Merchandise: Jewelry, Gemstones, Minerals, Rough, Beads, Gem decor, Fossil

G&LW Gem Mall and Holidome

・Date: September 1 - September 4, 2022
・Vendors: Gem Mall: 109 / Holidome: 226
・Registration: Yes
・Merchandise: Rocks, Minerals, Gemstone, Art, Beads, African beads, Carvings, tools

Colors of the Stone, To Bead True Blue Show, and Tucson Artisan Workshops

・Date: September 1 - September 4, 2022
・Vendors: 231
・Registration: Yes
・Merchandise: Beads, Arts, Tools, Workshops

Read more: Recommended shows

Tips

This section shows you many tips based on frequently asked questions about the Tucson gem show.

You can find answers: tickets, registration, hours, parking lot, and shipping.

Is the 2022 Tucson gem show Cancelled?

No. The 2022 Tucson Gem Show is not cancelled.

Read more: Tucson Gem Show 2022 Schedule

Are they having the Tucson Gem Show 2022?

Yes. The next is September 1-4, 2022.

Read more: Tucson Gem Show Calendar 2022

What are the dates of the Tucson gem show 2023?

The next Tucson Gem Show (Winter) will start January 25 to February 12, 2023.

Tucson Gem Show 2023 Schedule

How can I get the Tucson Gem Show 2023 tickets?

You can get tickets at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society.

Tickets are available starting Thursday, January 12, 2023.

Get tickets

Read more: Tucson Gem & Mineral Show (Main Show)

How can I register?

You have two options. One is through the Internet, the other one is at the show’s reception.

Most of the shows will allow you to pre-register through the Internet. Pre-registration is not mandatory, but it will save you time (You can skip the long line).

Also, you can register at the entrance of each show when you get there. You will receive a badge from the reception staff on the spot.

Please bring your business card, a valid Business License or Tax Certificate or Sales and Tax Permit for gem, minerals, jewelry related business.

Read more: Registration

How can I participate the Tucson Gem Show as vendors?

1. You should know which venue is matched for you before applying.  (cost of booth, location, number of customers, type of main merchandise on the venue, type of customers, etc.)

2. You have to submit official application form to the organizer.
3. Make a contract and payment.

More information, please see the following page.

Tucson Gem Show Vendor Application

Where should I go?

Please see Recommended shows.

The Tucson Gem Show consists of over 50 shows. It is pretty hard to choose your favorite one in these shows. If you have a specific target such as jewelry, fossil, mineral, rocks, or beads our recommended ranking will help you.

Read more: Tucson Gem Show Map

What times are the shows open?

Most of the shows open at 10 AM.

However, most of the shops welcome you before 10 AM except for Wholesale only shows and Businesses only shows. They close is at 6 PM.

If you need to know dates, hours, and location, should download Tucson Gem Show Apps.

Read more: Tucson Gem Show 2022 Schedule

Is the Tucson gem show free? How much are tickets to the Tucson gem show?

Yes, most of the shows are free.

However, the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show called “Main show” requires an admission fee of $13 per day for adults, and children 14 and under are free with paid adults.

Please keep in mind, this is the only show with an admission fee.

Is the Tucson gem show open to the public?

Yes, most of the shows are open to the public.
In 2022, 36 shows are open to the public. 6 shows are open to wholesale buyers only, and they require your registration.
Read more:

Tucson Gem Show 2022 Schedule

What is the best way to get around the show?

Rental cars are the best way to get around the Tucson gem show.

As you know, the shows take place in different locations and they are scattered throughout Tucson.

Other options are Uber, Lyft, taxis, and GemRide Shuttle. These options are stressful sometimes because you cannot find and catch them and you may spend 15-30 minutes waiting for each ride.

If you do not want to drive, you can also consider a rental bicycle and E- Scooter.

Read more: Rent-A-Car

Do I need to pay a parking fee at every show?

No, but it depends on the show.

Unfortunately, some of the shows, especially, near the downtown area, Tucson Gem & Mineral Show (Main Show) and 22nd Street Show, charge a fee of $5-10. Parking fees are increasing every year.

You should have some cash on hand for this purpose because you cannot use a credit/debit card for parking fees.

Read more: Tucson Gem Show Shuttle and Parking Information

How many vendors and shows are there at the Tucson gem show?

Over 4,000 vendors and nearly 50 shows are at the winter Tucson gem show. In fact, nearly 65,000 people visited Tucson during the 2021 winter show.

Vendors and buyers came from all of the United States, Europe, Brazil, Japan, China, and Africa.

In contrast, the fall Tucson gem show is not as big. (Just 2 big shows and a few small shows.) 2019 show had under 1,000 exhibitors because most of the vendors and buyers often go to the Denver, Colorado show.

Read more: Recommended vendors

What are the differences between the Gem show and the Mineral show?

It is the same.

People do not tend to distinguish the name of the shows. Local people call this show “Gem show.” Generally, if you say gemstones, it refers to expensive stones. Minerals are associated with rough and heavy rocks, such as crystals, turquoise, and amethyst.

Where can I get lunch at the shows?

You can find something to eat for lunch at each property.

There are many food vendors, such as Mexican, Vegetarian, Chinese, Japanese, and Greek. (It depends on the show.)

Read more: Restaurants

Can I use a credit/debit card at the shows?

Yes, but it depends on the shops.

We recommend that you use cash because most of the vendors cannot process credit/debit card payments, and cash is one of the advantages of negotiations for discounts.

This is why the Tucson gem show is known as the most famous event of huge cash circulation. When you need more cash, you can find an ATM at each property. You can also use checks at the shows with proper ID such as Driver’s license.

Recently, many shops adopt the Square Card system for credit/debit card payment users. It is good for you, but you should be careful of identity theft.

What should I bring to the Tucson gem show?

You should bring the following 14 things.

    • Face masks
    • Water
    • Cash, checks, credit/debit cards
    • ID (Drivers license, Passport, Travel ID, etc)
    • Business cards, Business License, Tax Certificate
    • Backpacks (We do not recommend Carry-On Bags)
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Jackets (easy to take and off) 
    • An extra battery or portable charger for your phone
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun protection cream, moisture cream, and lip cream
    • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
    • Snacks and coffee
    • Loupe, calipers, measuring tape, flashlight
    • Pen and paper

Read more: The Weather during the Tucson Gem Show

Is there a shipping company at the show?

Yes. Generally, there is UPS or DHL on the property.

They help you with domestic and international shipping, and they have boxes, plastic tapes, and bubble wrap. If you purchase tons of minerals, you should ask vendors because vendors know what is the best way to ship.

We recommend that you should carry to your home your gemstones and minerals by yourself as much as you can because the shipping cost of UPS or DHL is very high especially international shipping.

You should prepare extra space for your suitcases or purchase an extra suitcase in Tucson. It is cheaper than using UPS or DHL.

What are the dates of the Tucson gem show 2022?

Here is the schedule of the Tucson Gem Show 2022.

Tucson Gem Show Schedule 2022