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The Tucson 22nd Street Show, 2018

The 22nd Street Show is another important Tucson mineral and gemstone event. It takes place on the eastern side of I-10, directly south of downtown. It is entirely indoors, in a giant tent that seems to increase in size every year. In fact, a new satellite tent was added this year, called the "Showcase." This new Showcase tent caters to higher-end dealers and more exclusive customers.


The main large tent had the usual dealers of all types, including minerals, gemstones, jewelry, fossils, and decorative rocks. The new Showcase tent featured some interesting public exhibits, including large dinosaurs and rocks from the Moon, Mars, and Vesta. The Showcase also had a more upscale look and feel, with carpeted floors, solid white dividers, and good lighting. The signature dealer of the Showcase was the Arkenstone, with several impressive displays of attractive material. We were able to get some general photos of the show, as well as some from the new Showcase tent, with special focus on some of the minerals and cases in the Arkenstone booth.


Outside the Enormous Tent of the 22nd Street Show
Outside the Enormous Tent of the 22nd Street Show

Show Scene Inside the 22nd Street Show
Show Scene Inside the 22nd Street Show

More Show Scenes Inside the Large 22nd Street Show Tent
More Show Scenes Inside the Large 22nd Street Show Tent

Small Quartz Crystals Coating an Ox Skull, Quartz City Mines (Arkansas)
Small Quartz Crystals Coating an Ox Skull from Quartz City Mines (Arkansas)

New Showcase Tent with Exhibits and Higher-End Dealers
New Showcase Tent with Exhibits and Higher-End Dealers

Exceptional Dinosaur Fossil Exhibit and Rocks from the Moon, Mars, and Vesta
Exceptional Dinosaur Fossil Exhibit and Rocks from the Moon, Mars, and Vesta

Very Large Agate Display Case in the Exhibit Area
Very Large Agate Display Case in the Exhibit Area

Inside the Showcase Area, with a High-End Booth of The Arkenstone
Inside the Showcase Area, with a High-End Booth of The Arkenstone

Highly Colorful Display in the Showcase Area of The Arkenstone
Highly Colorful Display in the Showcase Area of The Arkenstone

The Arkenstone Display of Many Fine Gem Minerals in the Showcase Area
The Arkenstone Display of Many Fine Gem Minerals in the Showcase Area

And Yet Another Eye-Catching Showcase Display from The Arkenstone
And Yet Another Eye-Catching Showcase Display from The Arkenstone

Iconic Blue-Cross Aquamarine from Pakistan with Schorl, Featured on the 22nd St Show Posters, from The Arkenstone
Blue-Cross Aquamarine with Schorl from Pakistan, at The Arkenstone Booth
This Iconic Specimen has been Featured on the 22nd Street Show Posters and Ads

Chrysocolla with Malachite, from the Mashamba West Mine, DR Congo, the Arkenstone
Chrysocolla with Malachite, from the Mashamba West Mine, DR Congo, The Arkenstone

Exquisite Almandine Garnet Cluster from Otz Valley, N. Tyrol, Austria, the Arkenstone
Exquisite Almandine Garnet Cluster from Otz Valley, N. Tyrol, Austria, The Arkenstone

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