Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

For over 40 years, The Tucson Gem and Mineral Society has successfully celebrated the largest, most prestigious and most historical gem and mineral exhibition in the world: the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (TGMS.) This informative and glamorous exhibition has delighted generations of visitors from all over the world, offering impressive displays of precious and semi-precious stones to satisfy fans, collectors, curators, and gemologists alike.

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show was the first of its kind when it first pioneered the exhibition in the1970s. It is a time for professionals and enthusiasts to come together to learn from each other, engage in great conversations, and share their love for gems and minerals.

This year, The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show will be celebrated on February 14-17, 2019 in the SMG-Tucson Convention Center. The Valentine’s Day-inspired theme this year is titled: “Wulfenite is Loved.” Read more for information on how you can attend, and even actively participate, in this year’s exhibition.

What’s in the Show?

Retail Dealers

The SMG-Tucson Convention Center’s Exhibition Hall and Arena areas host over 250 national and international retail dealers. They bring with them amazing collections of fossils, fine jewelry, semi-precious stones, polished and raw gems, lapidary crafts, and gemology books. All of these will be available for purchase.

Natural Stone Exhibits

Love local history? Love gems? Look no further. Colorful and informative exhibits, put together by experts in their fields, will be located throughout the Exhibition and Arena Halls for your enjoyment. Impressive precious and semi-precious stones are shown in all of their forms, from raw to polished. It is a great combination of fun, shopping, entertainment, and education, under one roof.

Specialty Exhibits

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Society and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Committee bring us very special exhibits, which showcase some of the rarest gem and mineral pieces, straight from the private displays of some of the world’s most prestigious museums. This amazing effort is part of the legacy of the TGMS Society and Show committee.

If you wish to be a part of this commitment, or wish to donate to the TGMS Exhibit Case Endowment, you may do so by filling out this exhibit case form.

Our previous shows have included masterpieces such as:

The Logan Sapphire
The Alma Rose Rhodochrosite
The Hooker Emerald Brooch
The Fabergé Egg Collection
The Ausrox Gold Nugget
The Arkansa Yellow Diamond Crystal
The original Gadsden Treaty
Star of Asia

Competitor Exhibits

These amazing exhibits are selected from participants who wish to showcase their personal gem and mineral collections. Junior collectors are especially encouraged to participate. All junior collectors will receive a $100 check from Dr. Rob Lavinski of the Arkenstone, as an incentive to support the participants’ love for minerals and gems. Prizes are also awarded to the most rare and pristine collections, with prizes including trophies, $300, and $500 checks. To participate, follow this link.

Informative Lectures and MicroMineral Room and Auctions

These presentations are free to the public and hosted in elegant seating by experts and professionals. They take place from Thursday through Saturday during the exhibition week.

Friday, February 15 is the date for the Arthur Roe Memorial Micromount Symposium. It will be located in the Turquoise Ballroom of the SMG-Tucson Convention Center.

Other lectures will also take place in the Crystal Ballroom as well as the Turquoise Ballroom. Everyone is also invited check out the MicroMineral Room, which will be located in the Galleria.

We also host voice and silent auctions on site. Be sure to follow us in social media to get the latest information.

Junior Education

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Society offer two annual special exhibits just for kids. The idea is to pique the youngsters’ natural curiosity by exposing them to earth science information by experts from the University of Arizona. Kids get to see gems, fossils and all kinds of naturally occurring Earth minerals. About 3,000 elementary school students are invited every year to attend the show and even purchase gems from the vendors

School Visits

As part of the Junior Education program, the “School Visits Program” is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 15, 2019. This is a chance for Arizona school students to attend the show, with teachers and chaperones, free of charge! This combined effort is sponsored by the TGMS Society and Show Committee to offer all children the exposure and opportunity to learn more about earth sciences and gemology.
Register your school now: http://www.tgms.org/school-visits

Mineral and Earth Sciences Organizations

We encourage each non-profit mineral and earth science organization to staff a booth at NO COST, to share your amazing information with thousands of show goers.

Additional Information:

Ticket Sales:
Tickets will be available on Thursday, January 16, 2019.

You can also create a notification for exhibition discount rates as they become available.


If you wish to participate in the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show as a Dealer, click here to apply.

Come visit Tucson!

There’s lots to see and enjoy here in the City of Tucson, as you come to enjoy the show, take a look at our city’s great attractions, hotels, restaurants, and many other entertaining options.