Tuscon Gem and Jewelry Show
Every winter around the end of January and the beginning of February we make our annual pilgrimage to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. We have been doing this since the early 1990's, joining tens of thousands of other people from all over the world trying to find bargains and unusual and hard to find items from around the world.
Yes, there are thousands and thousands of gemstones and jewelry items to be seen. You will see more jewelry in a few hours than most people see in a lifetime, but there is so much more to see at Tucson. It's been called the world's largest flee market but it is really much more than that. If you like the odd and unusual you can find it here. If Robert Ripley were alive today he wouldn't have to search the world for his oddities that he stocked his "Believe or Not Museums" with, he'd just come to the Tucson Gem show!
Indiana Jones would be at home here as he studied the dinosaur bones, mammoth ivory and prehistoric artifacts that can be found in some of the shows. Masks from New Guinea and Burma, crystal healing bowls from India, Russian stacking dolls, snakeskin from the Amazon and jungles of Southeast Asia and even mammoth skeletons from western Nebraska are all to be found here. A whole village from Africa sets up every year and you can purchase wooden shields and spears all hand crafted.
The Stagecoach is mainly interested in searching for unusual stones and jewelry that we can't find other places. We search out the miner who supplies us with the demale turquoise
that is so rare and hard to find that will become beautiful jewelry when Gary adds his magic to it. We meet with other miners and stone cutters that will provide us with wonderful American turquoise and other unusual stones. We look at thousands of pieces of jewelry before picking out the very best for our customers.
The city of Tucson is taken over by dozens of these wonderful shows that take place all over town and we try to see as many as we can. It is a great time to get away from the cold of Nebraska and bath in the sun of the Southwest while enjoying the greatest festival of the gem and jewelry world.
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