The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® is the world's most significant mineral event. It is the culmination of several weeks of gem and mineral activities taking place in Tucson, Arizona, every February, transforming this desert city into a bustling oasis of crystals and gems. This show, put together by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, is known for its participation of all important mineral people, with a dazzling array of dealers, buyers, and exhibitors.
This year's show started on Thursday, February 8, through Sunday February 11. The theme was "Crystals and Crystal Forms," with a special emphasis on crystal habits and formation. As usual, the displays were outstanding, with the finest minerals in professional and eye-catching display arrangements.
Aside from having the most significant public exhibits of any show, many dealers save their most important items for this show and wait to introduce new finds at this show. The importance of this can be stressed by the presence of almost all VIP's in the hobby, as well as local politicians and native Tucsonians. Even the governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, was present for the opening ceremonies and given a special tour. He was accompanied by Tucson mayor Jonathan Rothschild.
This post, the first of the The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®, covers the opening ceremony of the show, including the governor and mayor's visit.
The Line of People Waiting to get into the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® at Prior to Opening
VIP's Looking at the Impressive Aquamarine Crystal Display
Peter Megaw, Show Special Events Chair, Showing the Governor and Mayor a Display
Gloria Quigg, Show Publicity Chair, with the Governor and Mayor
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild (L), Governor Doug Ducey (C), Show Event Chair Peter Megaw (R)
Mayor Rothschild Opening Speech
The Governor and the Mayor Cutting the Ribbon
The Governor and Mayor with a Delegation from China
The Giant Gem Tourmaline Crystal from Brazil as the Main Showpiece of the Exhibits