For Rockhounds, the thrill is as much in the chase as it is the spoils. Throughout the country, not to mention the world, there are gem and mineral shows designed to feed the passion of collectors with offerings destined to appeal to everyone from the newest gatherer to the most seasoned aficionado.
Acclaimed as one of the biggest and best of these events is the annual winter Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Celebrating their 60th anniversary, the show is hosted by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, a local organization deeply rooted in earth science. Their most recent extravaganza held the theme Diamonds, Gems, Silver and Gold to represent the four major milestone anniversaries the society has previously celebrated. The show, held each year in February, brings exquisite exhibits from both private collectors and museum partners to create displays that are sumptuous feasts the eyes of each attendee.
One of the highlights of the 2014 Tucson Gem Show (other than Rockology, of course!), a stunning diamond collection from the Smithsonian Museum, is an opportunity seldom seen to view priceless pieces. Not to despair, though – while those particular rocks may not be for sale, the Tucson show and others like it afford plenty of opportunities for shopping.
Among the more fascinating exhibits one is, literally, golden. Known in certain circles as “the world’s most dangerous metal”, the gold exhibits featured at the show present the precious metal in various, rare forms. From gold shown still embedded within the Quartz from which it was mined to stunning crystalized gold from the Round Mountain Mine in Nevada, the offerings encourage spectators to view gold in a whole, new way. But all things that shine aren’t gold, particularly at this event. Silver from the mid 1880’s, “locally grown” silver from Michigan as well as exhibits of copper, platinum and other metals mined through the world are displayed.
Both faceted and crystalized gemstones galore make an appearance at these shows, with the “big three”, that is Emerald, Sapphire and Ruby having starring roles alongside the Tourmaline, Opals and other gems that shine with every color of the rainbow.
The Tucson Gem and Mineral Society
The Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, who coordinates the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, is an all volunteer organization and what this means to the collector or enthusiast is that the group is fueled by a shared passion for these spectacular earth offerings. That passion provides the public with access to talented experts in the field through lectures, workshops and seminars; offers unique opportunity for buyers to peruse the items offered by over 250 dealers and a glittering display to entertain and dazzle the masses.
For more information on the Tuscon Gem and Mineral Society including information on their 2015 Tucson Gem and Mineral show, visit the website at http://www.tgms.org. We hope to see you at the next show and, until then, happy hunting!
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