I do not know why people keep referring to the Tucson "gem show".
The entire city is taken over with many many shows - too many to see
them all even in two weeks' time. There are shows at every major
hotel, the convention center, and gigantic tents set up in vacant
lots. Organized shuttle buses run between venues. There are plenty of
places to buy supplies and goodies. The Electric Park show is great
for diversity of offerings - major lapidary vendors have booths
there, as well as tool suppliers, rough suppliers, importers of
gigantic geodes, there is a display manufacturer, importers of
mass-produced silver jewelry, and even some African rugs and
sculpture. Go to
for a rundown on the major shows. Also, skim through the Orchid
archives for more tips and info on various different shows. Have fun,
and I hope to see you at the Orchid dinner!