Tucson Show Guide Content

We all love the annual Tucson gem, jewelry, mineral, fossil, and bead shows. Every year, the editorial, marketing, and advertising sales staff of the F+W/Interweave Jewelry and Bead Group gets to go to the Tucson shows. And among all the work we do at the shows (and we do a LOT of work), we have […]

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How the Tucson Shows Got Their Start

Editor’s Note: Today “the Tucson show” a.k.a. “the gem show” comprises some 40 wholesale, retail, and wholesale/retail venues sprawling across the city, lasting more than two weeks, and selling gems, minerals, fossils, beads, jewelry, and related supplies, tools and equipment, and then some. It is the largest mineral and fossil show and the largest gem […]

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There are some great restaurants in Tucson, and not all of them are on the beaten path. Trip Advisor informs us that of the 2,000 or so places to eat around here, the following are in the top ten: Vivace, Flying V, Wildflower, Beyond Bread, The Grill at Hacienda del Sol, Tucson Tamale Company, The […]

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For a couple weeks in winter, Tucson’s arid desert glitters with billions of dollars’ worth of gems, rocks, slabs, beads, fossils, teachers, tools, findings, classes, more beads, jewelry, chains, experts, books, magazines, and more gems spread across 41 venues. To navigate through all of this, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist staffers have amped up this year’s […]

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A few of us from Interweave were fortunate to travel to Arizona for the Tucson gem, jewelry, and bead shows. I was one of the lucky ones and added to this jewelry-making adventure, the Creativation show by CHA and a visit to Halstead Wholesale Jewelry Supplies. I saw a lot of Arizona, cacti, palm trees, […]

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These “ghost quartz” amethyst slabs from Arizona are just waiting to be cut into cabochons by the guy who dug this up. Seen here showing it off at the Kino Gem and Mineral Show: John Heusler of Slabs to Cabs was happy to let me take a pic. The white, cityscape-like patterns are the result […]

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Another Tucson is in the books. Attending the Tucson gem shows (or gem, jewelry, bead, mineral, and fossil shows, as some call them) is always such a fun whirlwind, I sometimes forget all the cool jewelry-making supplies and trends I saw until I get back home and review my photos. Take a look back at […]

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