Ooh, Shiny: A Peek at the Tucson Gem Show

The Tucson Gem Show is a BIG DEAL. (And it’s not just gems – it’s fossils and minerals and other neato items.) It’s also considered one of the oldest and largest gem and mineral shows on this here planet Earth.

If you aren’t impressed yet, take into consideration that for a couple weeks it takes over downtown Tucson with vendors from all over the world (and it even has its own music festival).

Are you ready to race down to Tucson now? Are you putting the pedal to the metal? Well, hold your horses, because this year’s showcase is over. However, maybe some of these photos from the show can tide you over while you count down the months to the next gem show in late January of 2018.












If you’re not particularly versed in gems and minerals (believe me, I’m 100% not), you can see that there’s definitely still some great photography (and people-watching) potential here.

Don’t miss it when it comes around again – maybe I’ll even see you there.




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  1. Amber

    Everything is so gorgeous. We recently went to a gem show in Texas and I was amazed by all the things that were there.

    • tigasngulo

      I know! Even if you aren’t a collector, it’s still fun to go and take a look around.

  2. I had no idea this was a thing!! As a kid I was super into everything gems, I felt my inner ten year old squeal a little looking through these beautiful shots – great post!!

    • tigasngulo

      See if any shows are in your local area – your inner child will thank you, haha.

  3. When I was little I had a rock collection and wanted to be a geologist. I think I would go nuts at a show like this buying pieces lol, especially the crystals.

    • tigasngulo

      Even with how affordable a lot of the sellers are, there were plenty of really impressive pieces at this show, so I can see how it would be easy to spend A LOT. Thankfully, I was able to hold onto my money this time, haha.

  4. Oh these are so beautiful, I would love my own little collection of gems. Which one was your favourite?

    • tigasngulo

      Ooh, it’s too hard to pick a favorite! I did pick up a lovely little ring and llama (yes, that’s right, a llama) carved out of stone.

  5. Your photos are beautiful, and the colors look amazing. We used to gem mine all the time in NC and the gems they had in the stores were gorgeous. We even cracked a huge geode once; so much fun!

    • tigasngulo

      Thank you! I’ve never cracked a geode before – that sounds pretty awesome. Gotta add it to my to-do list.

  6. Wow everything looks so beautiful! My husband would especially love to go to this kind of show!

    • tigasngulo

      See if there’s a show coming up near you! Or visit the Tucson show next year, haha.

  7. Oh dear these crystals and minerals are breathtakingly beautiful! Youvare so lucky to attend this gem show 🙂 It is rare to allow to take photos of the gems.


  8. girlfromgirlintherapy

    Oh my, this is super interesting! We have a jewel show here, but it’s more of a luxury affair. The Tucson Gem Show looks more up my alley – my wedding band has amethyst (it’s not valuable but I really like the shade of purple) and I have a jade bangle from my mom as a wedding gift too. Love natural stones (other than diamonds)!

    • tigasngulo

      I love natural stones, too! Your wedding band sounds gorgeous.

  9. This is all so pretty! I’ve never been to a gem show before. I especially love the ones with the sparkly glitter look!

    • tigasngulo

      Never been to a gem show before??? Hopefully this inspired you to check one out!

  10. chavamazal

    I love gems. My parents used to take me to a gem and rock store all the time back in California. This looks like a great show!

    • tigasngulo

      I’ll take any excuse to go back down to Tucson to visit (love it there), but it truly is a really great show!

  11. Crystals and gems are very eye catching. They’re so beautiful! It’s been years since I last seen one in person.

    • tigasngulo

      Awww, you’ll have to change that! I really like the look of natural stones and I’m super enjoying the trend of them popping in jewelry and in home decor these days.

  12. Oh My! These are gorgeous plus you capture them so beautifully. It’s been awhile since I saw some real ones

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