Rock My World: The Tucson Gem Show (Feb. 1-17)

12winter_gem Every February in Tucson, the city transforms as visitors, buyers and sellers unite at the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase. Also known as the "Gem Show," thousands of people flock to the more than 40 sites located throughout town. The Gem Show has grown so much in the last few years that it is now the largest gem and mineral show in the United States. These open-to-the-public exhibits grant individuals opportunities to see rare gems, artifacts and even specimens of dinosaur fossils. Whether you come as a viewer or a buyer, it is an incredible way to spend an afternoon and see what the beauty the earth has created in only a short million years. The main event of this two-week showcase is the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show™ which packs downtown's Tucson Convention Center over the final weekend. This show attracts thousands of treasure hunters from every corner of the globe and is open to the public. There are displays from renowned museums and private collections along with over 250 mineral, gemstone, jewelry and fossil retail dealers. It also features free lectures and seminars, and a Junior Education Area. If you plan on visiting the Ranch during this time, here are a couple tips. 1) Make sure you rent a car. Since many of the show areas are scattered throughout the city, having your own transportation may better dictate your own schedule and provide more freedom. 2) Bring water. As many of you know, the warmth of the Arizona sun can take a pounding on your body if you’re not hydrated. 3) We have a special Gem Show package with lodging in our Sales or Casitas for only $99/night. This way you can still stay at your favorite Arizona ranch, but since most of your time will be consumed treasure hunting, you won’t have to pay for amenities you’re not using. But remember, you can always add a meal, a ride or enjoy a Rita Margarita when you get back if you so choose. Now that’s a true gem!