Anyone, This may sound like a stupid question, but is the gem show
in Tucson (in Feb. '02) a large event?
It’s the largest group of shows in the world.
Actually it’s not 1 show but about 23 different shows. The shows run
for 2 weeks, some start the last week in Jan & close the 2nd week in
Feb. Some open & close at different dates within those general
bounderies. The shows are held in the Tucson Convention Center,
numerous ho/motels around town & some are held in large tents set up
for the event. There are some shows that are only open to people in
the gem & jewelry trade & others that are open to the public. There
are free shuttles that make the rounds of most of the shows. It’s
best to pre register for any show that offers that option.
Gernerally, the following items are required for registration: a copy
of a business or sales tax license, business cards or company letter
head showing affiliation with the gem/jewelry trade &/or membership
in a trade organization eg. MJSA, AGTA, JA etc.
Basically, anything that is used in the gem & jewelry business can be
found: rough, cut stones, finished jewelery, tools, beads, & lots of
The weather is usually nice, temps in the 60’s & up. However,
sometimes there’s a good storm that’ll blow down some of the weaker
tents & leave puddles all over. Motel space is at a premium during
the show. If you’re interested in attending now is not to early to
make motel reservations.
There’s a list of the different shows, locations, dates & exhibitors
in every issue of Lapidary Journal. There’s also an online list at: