This post is for people who want more information on the Tucson Gem Shows. Over 60,000 visitors will come to the two week show this week. Visitors will include small shop owners from around the country. For example, if you own a small gift/curio shop in Ottumwa, Iowa, you might come to stock up on costume jewelry, and nick-nacks (temperature in Tucson high 75; temperature in Ottumwa high 25). Or you could be a jewelry maker from Spokane, Washington who is here to acquire new uncut stones. Last year, we walked into the entrance of a show and there was a big dinosaur skeleton at the entrance. Two days later we came back and the dinosaur was gone. It had been sold to grace the entrance of an office building. They were busy installing another dinosaur. Some of the stone slabs take a fork-lift truck to move.
Even in two weeks, you could not see all the items to see. So start with going to the gem show website Tucson Gem Show . This is a Tucson visitor tourist site, but go to the right side of the page and click on Gem Show Guide. This pdf file contains a list of all the shows, where they are located, and what they sell. It is a good starting point. The visitors guide website contains maps, etc.. Remember, if you are coming many motels have been converted into gem shows. I would suggest you look at the Marana, AZ chamber of commerce motel listing. Motels are just up the road fifteen minutes away. Tucson also has many fine winter resorts which are a wonderful place to stay. One our favorite resorts is Loews Ventana Canyon. It is in Tucson, but going there will give you an entirely different Tucson experience. Many people fly into Phoenix which is an easy two hour drive from Tucson. Ok, you now have transportation, a place to stay, and you know what shows you are interested in seeing. More tomorrow.