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Digital Subscriptions > Rock&Gem Magazine > June 2019 > TUCSON 2019 RECAP


An Experience of Change and Growth

The mineral activities in Tucson are still the single most important mineral event in America. After all, there are so many mineral and gem shows in Tucson between late January to mid-February. It has become virtually impossible for a collector to visit all the shows even if they know where they are. I’ve lost count as the number grows a little each year.

One problem I have is a definition of “show.” Certainly, any organized gathering of mineral and gem dealers in a formal setting is a show and there are many in Tucson. But what about one or two dealers who rent a building or put up a tent in a vacant lot. Is that a show or temporary business? Let’s just say there are about fift y shows and many small events in the Tucson area during this time of the year.

The original and still main show, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (TGMS), is held in the Tucson Convention Center and is feeling the effects of this growth. With so many minerals in so many places and so much money being spent at these earlier shows the dealers in the later Tucson show feeling the impact. That results in efforts by these dealers and even earlier show dealers to become more aggressive in sales practices by off erring “wholesale” or 50% off some minerals. This increased competition benefits the collectors.

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