What’s New at the 2020 Tucson Shows

So you think you’ve seen everything there is to see at the annual Tucson gem, jewelry, mineral, fossil, and bead shows? Well, think again! Every year there are new shows and changes to existing shows. And the 2020 Tucson shows are no exception!

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New 2020 Tucson Shows

Learn to make these and many, many other projects at classes and workshops offered by the Jewelry Craft & Design Expo. Photo: Courtesy Jewelry Craft & Design Expo

Learn to make this Chimera design above, the necklaces below, and many, many other projects at classes and workshops offered by the Jewelry Craft & Design Expo.
Photo: Courtesy Jewelry Craft & Design Expo

 

Photo: Courtesy Jewelry Craft & Design Expo

Photo: Courtesy Jewelry Craft & Design Expo

Photo: Courtesy Jewelry Craft & Design Expo

Photo: Courtesy Jewelry Craft & Design Expo

There are several new shows for 2020. One of those is the Jewelry Craft & Design Expo, presented by the same team that produces the annual Glass Craft & Bead Expo. The expo will showcase more than 40 jewelry, bead, and tool vendors. It will also offer classes and workshops from some of the top artists in the industry, including such names as Helen Driggs, Jeff Fulkerson, Dale Cougar Armstrong, Eva Sherman, Lisa Pavelka, and many more. The Jewelry Craft & Design Expo will run from February 5-9 and is located at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tucson East on Speedway Boulevard.

Photo: Courtesy BEADHoliday

Photo: Courtesy BEADHoliday

If beads are your thing, you should definitely check out another new show — Kumihimo HQ. Located at BEADHoliday on East Ft. Lowell Road, this wholesale show features kumihimo supplies, Venetian beads, vintage buttons and ribbon, vintage beads, stone beads, findings, and more! It’s a smaller show, but definitely worth a look for those hard-to-find items.

Are you more of mineral fan? Then you can’t miss the new Mineral City show. Located at West Lester Street and West Plata Street, this new venue features some of the world’s top mineral vendors, including The Miner’s Lunchbox, I.C. Minerals, Green Mountain Minerals, Well-Arranged Molecules, and a whole lot more.

In the spirit of “everything old is new again,” the former Gem and Jewelry Show on Grant at the Grand Luxe Hotel on West Grant has undergone some changes for 2020. The promoter of the old show has a new show at a new location. The SRGJ Show can be found at Stay Tucson Inn and Suites on South Julian Drive. It will include some of the top bead, mineral, and gem vendors — many of whom were at the old show.

Tucson’s Grand Luxe Hotel will feature a new show for 2020, the Grant Gem & Jewelry Show. Photo: Courtesy Esmeralda Turquoise Company/Out of Our Mines

Tucson’s Grand Luxe Hotel will feature a new show for 2020, the Grant Gem & Jewelry Show.
Photo: Courtesy Esmeralda Turquoise Company/Out of Our Mines

 

Arizona black jade beads. From Robert Poley, an exhibitor at the Grant Gem & Jewelry Show. Photo: Courtesy Robert Poley

Arizona black jade beads. From Robert Poley, an exhibitor at the Grant Gem & Jewelry Show.
Photo: Courtesy Robert Poley

 

Jewelry by Shambala Arts, an exhibitor at the Grant Gem & Jewelry Show. Photo: Courtesy Shambala Arts

Jewelry by Shambala Arts, an exhibitor at the Grant Gem & Jewelry Show.
Photo: Courtesy Shambala Arts

 

rainbow hematite

Rainbow hematite. From Robert Poley, an exhibitor at the Grant Gem & Jewelry Show.
Photo: Courtesy Robert Poley

 

turquoise cabochons

Turquoise cabochons. From Esmeralda Turquoise Company, an exhibitor at the Grant Gem & Jewelry Show.
Photo: Courtesy Esmeralda Turquoise Company

But if you love the old location (and who doesn’t?), never fear! There is a brand-new show at the Grand Luxe Hotel. The Grant Gem & Jewelry Show will offer the best in rough and cut gemstones, turquoise and variscite direct from the miners, contemporary and old pawn Native American jewelry, stone beads, jewelry from Bali, vintage coral, black jade, metaphysical stones, and so much more! This new show will include some of the top, most recognizable names in the industry — Esmeralda Turquoise Company, Out of Our Mines, Robert Poley, Lucas Heishi, Venetian Traders, and others. Many of these exhibitors were part of the old Gem and Jewelry Show on Grant, so you’ll find familiar names in a familiar place.

New Names and Locations

In addition to these all-new shows, there have been some changes to old shows that you’ll need to know as you navigate Tucson.

The former Granada Avenue Gem and Mineral Show is now the Aurora Mineral Corp. Show. And it has a new location at 501 W. Lester. This small but mighty show may have a new name and location, but it still features three of the top mineral firms — Aurora Mineral Corp., Matrix India, and Memories of Time.

Another show with a new name and location is the former Tucson’s New Mineral Show. It has been renamed Mineral Habit and has moved to North Oracle Road. You’ll still find some of the world’s finest mineral specimens at the show — as well as tools and equipment for mineral collecting, preparation, and storage.

The Best Bead Show also has a new location — although it is a familiar one! For 2020, the show has moved back to its former location at the Kino Veterans Memorial Center, a lovely venue very close to the Gem Mall, Holidome, and Kino shows.

A Hotel Change

As we all know, motels in Tucson sometimes change owners and names which can make it pretty confusing when you’re trying to find your favorite shows. (Do you still refer to InnSuites? Riverpark? Day’s Inn? I know I do.) For 2020, the former Howard Johnson is now Motel 6, and the awesome show is now called the Motel 6 Show. Same location, same great vendors — just a new name for the hotel. True confession time — this has always been one of my favorite shows. So I’m delighted to find out that only the name has changed.

The former Howard Johnson Show at the 2019 shows. It is now the Motel 6 Show. Photo: Karla Rosenbusch

The former Howard Johnson Show at the 2019 shows. It is now the Motel 6 Show.
Photo: Karla Rosenbusch

See you around the shows!

–Karla

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For complete information on these shows — and all of the 2020 Tucson gem, jewelry, mineral, fossil, and bead shows — check out the 2020 Tucson Show Guide. It’ll be available for free at all of the shows. Or you can order it online soon to plan your Tucson trip in advance.

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