Events and Happenings Around the 2019 Tucson Gem Shows

You might think of the annual Tucson gem shows as just a place to shop for gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, and beads. And that is, of course, the main purpose of the shows. But did you know there’s a lot more going on in Tucson during the shows? Meetings, lectures, seminars, parties, dinners, classes and workshops, and much more — all take place in conjunction with the usual shows.

Below is a list of the major events happening during the Tucson shows. Many (but certainly not all) of them are invitation-only or open just to members. But if something grabs your interest, visit the websites provided and look into attendance policies. These groups are always happy to hear from you — and they love new members.

Hub dining, Photo courtesy Visit Tucson.

Photo courtesy Visit Tucson.

Special Events at the Tucson Gem Shows

Accredited Gemologists Association, www.accreditedgemologists.org

  • Annual Conference, February 6, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel Conference Center
  • Champagne Reception, February 6, 6:30 p.m., Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel
  • Gala, February 6, 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m., Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel

American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), www.agta.org

  • Jewelry Industry Summit, February 2-3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tucson Convention Center
  • International Colored Gemstone Association, Gemstone Industry & Laboratory Conference, February 4, 9:30 a.m.01 p.m., Tucson Convention Center
  • 2018 Annual Tucson Membership Meeting, February 5, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Tucson Convention Center
  • Cultured Pearl Association, February 6, 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Cushing Street Bar & Grill
  • International Colored Gemstone Association Reception, February 6, 6:30 p.m., Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel
  • Scotty Woodward 5K Benefitting the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, February 9, 8 a.m., Garden of Gethsemane
  • AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Reception & Gala, February 9, 6:30 p.m., Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel
rhodocrosite gemstone sphere, Photo courtesy Visit Tucson.

Photo courtesy Visit Tucson.

Gemological Institute of America (GIA), www.gia.edu

  • Free Seminars, February 6-9, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. and 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Tucson Convention Center
  • Seminar: Identifying Laboratory-Grown Diamond, February 8, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Tucson Convention Center
  • Party at the GIA Gem Mine, February 8, 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m., Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel
  • Seminar: Emerald — Country of Origin Determination, February 9, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Tucson Convention Center
  • Seminar: Low Temperature Heat Treatment of Mozambique Rubies and Basaltic Blue Sapphires, February 9, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Tucson Convention Center

National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, www.najaappraisers.com

  • 49th ACE© IT Annual Winter Conference, February 3-4, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tucson Convention Center, Maricopa Room

Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, www.tgms.org

  • Lectures and seminars, Tucson Convention Center
  • Arthur Roe Symposium, February 15
  • Sunday Night Dinner, February 16

The Westward Look Mineral Show, www.finemineralshow.com

  • Saturday Collector Day, The Natural History Museum of L.A., February 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Westward Look Resort
  • Sunday Evening Program, Patrick Dreher, February 10, 6:30 p.m., Westward Look Resort

The Whole Bead Show, www.wholebead.com

  • Opening Gala, sponsored by Green Girl Studios, February 1, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Viscount Suite Hotel

Jewelry-Making and Beading Classes at Tucson

(For complete lists of classes and instructors, visit the websites listed.)

J.O.G.S. Tucson Gem Show, www.jogsshow.com

  • January 31-February 11, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

To Bead True Blue/Colors of the Stone, www.colorsofthestone.com

  • February 2-9, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
amethyst crystals, Photo courtesy Visit Tucson.

Photo courtesy Visit Tucson.

As you can see, there is a lot going on during the annual Tucson shows in addition to the shows themselves. Yes, it can be overwhelming. But if you need help getting around to all of the various locations, don’t fear! The 2019 Tucson Show Guide includes a pull-out map of the shows and venues which will get you where you need to go.

And if you get hungry (or bored) between shows and classes and workshops and seminars and events and parties, the map covers that, too! It includes the sites of some awesome restaurants, places of interest, and local businesses for your convenience and your dining pleasure.

The map is included in the print version of the 2019 Tucson Show Guide. But you can also get the map on our Tucson Gem Show page.

For complete information on all of the 2019 Tucson gem shows (dates, times, locations, vendors, floor plans, and more) as well as the amazing Tucson map, be sure to pick up your copy of the 2019 Tucson Show Guide.

See you around the shows (and the parties)!

All photos courtesy of Visit Tucson.


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