Thursday, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild officially opened the 63rd Annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show—as he called it, “the show that started it all.”
Since its inception, the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show has grown to include more than 40 additional shows, making it the largest event of its kind in the world to be put on by a nonprofit, the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society.
Started by a small group of enthusiasts in 1946, the society formed an early partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, which has had a presence at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show for many years. This year, the Smithsonian’s contribution includes the loan of two necklaces by Louis Comfort Tiffany: one opal, one amethyst.
The mayor noted the approximately $120 million in direct spending that the gem show brings in as tremendously important to Tucson and thanked city staff who work to make sure these events run smoothly.
The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show runs from February 9 through 12, 2017. Information on additional shows, which run from January 28 through February 12, 2018, is at Visit Tucson.