Shows are named after the physical place they’re held in, and some are better known by their organizer’s name, and yet others are known equally by both.  Arizona Bead Dog provides both names.

2012 February and September

Wholesale/Licensed Buyer-Only shows in alphabetical order:

(Arizona Bead Dog accepts no compensation to review these shows.  The opinions expressed here are based on Arizona Bead Dog’s experience of attending these shows.  Arizona Bead Dog strives for accuracy.  If you see any errors, email Arizona Bead Dog at comments@arizonabeaddog.com.)

Arizona Bead Dog's 2008 Picks

Best Overall 2008 Public Show: TEP Show

Best Overall 2008 Buyer-Only Show: Holidome

Best Overall 2008 Mineral Show: Inn Suites


American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Show (Tucson Convention Center)(2012 show dates: January 31 through February 5th)

Arizona Global Gem & Jewelry Show (Hotel Arizona, NEW SHOW FOR 2011.  2012 show dates: January 30th through February 4th--BUT CALL AHEAD because ABD doesn't see this show listed in the paper, and it may have cancelled.)

GJX Gem & Jewelry Show (2012 show dates:  January 31st through February 5th)
Gem & Lapidary Dealers Association (
Starr Pass Marriott)(2012 show dates: January 30th through February 5th)
Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers (
Gem Mall) (2012 show dates: January 28th through February 10th)
Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers (
Holidome/Holiday Inn Paloverde)(2012 show dates:  February 2nd through 10th; September 6th through 9th)
Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers (
Grant Road Inn [formerly Quality Inn]  NO LONGER AT GRANT LOCATION IN 2012!  THIS SHOW HAS MERGED WITH GEM MALL!)(2012 show dates:  January 28th through February 10th; September 6th through 9th)
Jewelry, Gem & Mineral Exposition (
Michigan Street) (2012 show dates January 28th through February 12th)
J.O.G.S. International Exhibits (2012 show dates: January 27th through February 7th--NOTE that the show appears to be open to the public, but this doesn't seem to be clearly publicized; September show dates unavailable at this time)


1820 Oracle Wholesale Show (2012 show dates: January 27th through February 12th)

Madagascar Minerals Gem Show (2012 show dates: January 18th through February 13th)

SHOWS that have been cancelled or renamed or moved:

Centurion Jewelry By Invitation Only Show (Undisclosed location--NO LONGER IN TUCSON) (2012 show dates: January 29th through January 31st)

Tucson Southwest Jewelry, Gem and Bead Show (2009 show dates:  January 30th through February 1st -CANCELLED)

Worldwide Gem & Jewelry Show (
This show wasn't around in 2009 or 2010 [formerly Radisson Downtown]).  [This is the same organizer as the GJX show, so perhaps the shows have been consolidated.]


Consult www.tucsonshowguide.com for additional information, such as shuttle service schedules.