Amanda Adkins:

Prospectors on The Weather Channel:



Show Definition from the Tucson EZ-Guide:

22nd Street Mineral & Fossil Show / Tucson, Arizona, USA

Show Venue:
NE Corner of I-10 & 22nd Street
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Show Date: January 26 - February 12, 2017
Hours: Daily 9-6
Admission: Free and open to the public. Free parking. Wholesale and retail. Copy of tax ID, EIN or business license required with wholesale purchase.
No. of Vendors: 129
Show Promoter: Eons Expos, LLLP
Email: Sales:
Customer Relations:
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What you'll find at this year's show:
Featuring acres of free parking, this centrally located show has the perfect balance of minerals, fossils, dinosaurs, gems, gemstones, jewelry, beads and rough. If you are able to visit just one show, then this one should be on your short list. Free entry and everyone is welcome. The 60,000 sq. foot venue boasts climate control for comfortable all-weather browsing.   And the convenient 9 AM opening time is an hour earlier than most other shows, so you can begin your day here.  Managed by Eons Expos, the same brother-sister team that brings you the Denver Coliseum Show and the NY/NJ Show.


Percentage of 2016 Vendors who sell the following products:

Rocks / Minerals (Specimens or Rough) 25%
Always a show stopper - the crystal skull (the steer edition)

One thing you can always expect from Amanda - she is always up for a teaching moment 
and she always has fabulous American gems....

Colorado Rocks Website:




Prospector Brian Busse

Prospector Yolanda Busse


I love this company - they have a great assortment and things that will get your kids excited about dinosaurs and this from their website:

Indiana9 Fossils is a family owned and operated business that is located outside of DeSoto, Missouri. As a child growing up I was always fascinated by dinosaurs and wanted to be a Paleontologist when I grew up. Well, God had a different plan for me and I became a professional Paramedic/Firefighter in 1981. As an adult my interest in dinosaurs and fossils was rekindled and I began buying and collecting fossils as a hobby. In 1997 I conceived the idea of starting my own fossil business by selling off duplicates of my own fossils to help support my fossil addiction. At the time I had started buying Mazon Creek Nodules off of eBay and decided to ask one of my favorite sellers (Brian) to allow me to build a website for him to sell his fossils on as well as my duplicates...until Brian decided to bow out of the endeavor and left me to develop the website and my fossil business on my own. Now, many people still ask "If you live in Missouri why are you called Indiana9 Fossils"? Well the answer is quite simple. My buddy Brian's eBay user ID was "Indiana9" because he lived in Indiana. After we started the business I took the eBay user ID of "Indiana9 Fossils" and had started visiting fossils shows, etc.. and people got used to the name. By the time Brian bowed out, the name had been out there long enough that I was "branded" and changing the name was not a good option. So we are Indiana9 Fossils from Missouri! In 2004 I was forced to retire early from the Fire Department due to injuries received during a rescue, which allowed me to go full-time in building my business.. and grow it did! In 2010 I hired my son Christopher to work for me full-time and hired his wife Lisa to work for me part-time. Together we have worked to build the business to the point where by April 27th 2015 it was arguably the largest web-based fossil business in the world. Then tragedy struck. An electrical fire totally destroyed the business causing us to lose our entire inventory. But through the love and support of our family and friends in the fossil world, hard work and dedication and blessings from above we have started to rebuild our business and begin the long journey back to where we were.. Thank you for coming along with us on that journey. Merv

OK - down to real fossil business....

OK - I feel really bad....I can't remember this dealer's name - I buy from them every year!
Will update as I receive info



#TucsonGemShow Tucson Gem Show 2016 – @aflyonthewall View

March 24, 2016

So now that the flurry of shows has ended – lets take a leisurely trip through the Tucson Gem Show…Coming from California the gas prices were a bit of a shocker…in a good way!On arrival – I was happily surprised by the sweet little “casita” that I …

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#TucsonGemShow – Moonstone Gems Exports at the Holidome

February 5, 2016

I was walking the Holidome yesterday with Mark Anderson and Ann Marie.  Ann Marie stopped at a gem dealer’s booth that none of us knew – I love that about Ann Marie, she is always willing to take a chance on a new person if she likes his personali…

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#TucsonGemShow Checking out the NEW at JCK Tucson…

February 5, 2016

This is just a small curated collection of the amazing gems and jewels at JCK Tucson…The German Designers never disappoint: Hilde Leiss had magical pearls on leather bails!…and brushed metalDunne had the most incredible Boulder Opal ever:…

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#TucsonGemShow JCK Heats Up Under the Tucson Sun

February 5, 2016
from Press Release

JCK Heats Up Under the Tucson Sun

Tucson, AZ (February 4, 2016) — JCK Tucson welcomed jewelry and gem lovers en masse to its oasis-like enclave at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa yesterday. In its third year, the show is boasting major improvements including a new look with new booth structures, lounges, and a signature coffee shop creating an environment that is both upscale and casual. The designer ballroom features inspired collections by brand names including: Todd Reed, Alishan, Kurtulan Designs, Boaz Kashi, Aaron Henry, Dorian & Rose, and Nina Nguyen to name a few. “I was excited to see the new look and feel of JCK Tucson. It combines the right mix of what you hope to find in Tucson and the quality you expect to find from JCK,” stated Lisa Bridge, Ben Bridge.

Lord Jewelry at JCK

JCK’s renewed focus on design is supported by inspiring events happening throughout the week. The event schedule kicked off Wednesday with “Inside the Designers Studio” fireside chat featuring famed designers Sarah Graham and Todd Reed, moderated by JCK Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief , Victoria Gomelsky. The adoring standing-room only crowd listened intently as the master talents shared their business acumen. “The setting is incredible, it’s a fantastic mix of artists and we love the educational element that JCK added to the show. When I think of the roster of talent I’ve worked with over the years, Todd Reed and Sarah Graham immediately come to mind when I think of comradery and sharing information. They are both such smart business people and it was a great decision to have them lead us in a fireside chat that created warmth and collaboration,” commented Patti Cogswell, Squash Blossom.

“I thought the show was very clean, put together and that the designers exhibiting were very talented,” said Todd Reed. “JCK pulled together a really awesome group of jewelers. It was good to see everyone,” added Sarah Graham.

Sarah Graham at Fireside Chat

With the theme of design at the forefront of JCK Tucson’s showing, a new hosted retailer program helped to bring in some of the most design-savvy stores in the country, including Squash Blossom, Aaron Faber Gallery, Broadmoor Jewelry Company, Patina Gallery, and I. Gorman. The trip is undoubtedly attractive with multiple jewelry events taking place in the area. JCK, understanding the amount of business there is to do during Tucson Gem Week, has made spa-like features and conveniences—not least of which include transportation between shows, morning hikes and meditation, and s’mores by the fire pit– a large component of its show experience.

Fireside Chat with Todd Reed & Sarah Graham moderated by Victoria Gomelsky

JCK Tucson exhibits continue through the weekend (closing Sunday, February 7 at 4:00 pm) with a roster of synergistic events. Today will feature the UncommonGoods Design Challenge where the three finalists: Ayesha Mayadas, Kurtulan Designs and Majestic Art Jewelry will present to a panel of judges competing for a contract with the design-centric e-tailer. Friday night will include a special screening of the documentary Sharing the Rough, which follows the life of a gemstone, promising a truly unique viewing experience set under the starlit desert sky with a & Q&A with the film’s director following the premiere.

From German Artist Dunne

“In planning for our third edition of JCK Tucson, we formed a Design Advisory Board who could speak to the unique needs of a show in Tucson. Listening to industry icons, we built this special event specifically with the discerning designer in mind,” said Katie Dominesey, Industry Vice President of JCK Events. “We are ecstatic to be able to offer an oasis in Tucson at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa where retailers and designers can connect in a fun, relaxed way”.

German artist Leiss

For more information, visit and follow @jckevents, #JCKTucson.

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February 4, 2016

After a dry year, all you Gem Lovers are getting the news we’ve all been waiting for…Renee Newman Debuts Exotic Gems #4 at the AGTA GemFair Tucson!Exotic Gems, Volume 4: How to Identify, Evaluate and Select Jade & Abalone PearlsThurs. Feb. 4…

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#TucsonGemShow What I Am Looking Forward To Seeing in 2016

January 29, 2016

Sophia By DesignAGTA GemFair Tuscon Booth numbers: 2401-2403in the Tucson Convention Centerin the ballroom located right after the registers when you walk in. Helen Serras-Herman

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#TucsonGemShow #TBT Tucson 2015 – a few of my favorite things….

January 29, 2016

One of my most favorite thing is the new format of the Tucson EZ-Guide: A unique new engagement ring from Lord at the JCK Show:This flirty earring featuring brushed metal as the gem from Sophia By Design:The fabulous woman owned and operated Porin…

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#TucsonGemShow GIA Heats Up 2016 Tucson Shows… Not-to-Miss Opportunities

January 29, 2016
From a Press Release by GIA

GIA Heats Up 2016 Tucson Shows with Not-to-Miss Opportunities
Lab service, exhibits, alumni event, lab classes, seminars and more

GIA will offer a variety of activities at the upcoming 2016 Tucson shows – from a show service laboratory and not-to-miss alumni party to exhibitions and seminars – that will enrich the visitor experience. The Institute will have a presence at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair™, Feb. 2-7, and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (TGMS), Feb. 11-14, both taking place at the Tucson Convention Center.
More information is available on the GIA website at GIA highlights at the 2016 Tucson shows include:

GIA Show Service Laboratory at AGTA GemFair

Show attendees and exhibitors will have convenient access to gem identification and country-of-origin services through the GIA Show Service Laboratory. GIA will accept gemstones onsite at the AGTA GemFair in the Onyx Suite Mondaythrough Saturday, Feb. 1-6 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Free GIA Seminar
On Friday, Feb. 5 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Mojave Room, GIA’s Distinguished Research Fellow Dr. James Shigley will provide a free seminar on “The Latest News from GIA Research.” This will include an update on the Institute’s latest research on diamonds, colored stones and other timely topics of interest.
GIA Education
GIA will offer one fee-based lab class and two fee-based lecture/labs during the AGTA GemFair™. Pre-registration is required; call GIA admissions at (800) 421 7250 ext. 4001 to register for the seminars, and visit GIA’s  website to register for the lab.
Diamond Grading Lab Class
Monday through Friday, Feb. 1-59 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The lab class will teach how to grade diamonds consistently and accurately using a modern gem microscope and a jeweler’s loupe. Participants study GIA’s Diamond Grading System; explore time-saving shortcuts to determine a variety of grading factors; and are introduced to methods for reading a GIA Diamond Grading Report. Participants must pass a two-stone practical test to complete the class successfully.
Identifying Gemstone Treatments Seminar
Saturday, Feb. 69 to 11 a.m.
A dynamic presentation and a hands-on lab led by GIA instructors will introduce participants to the various treatment processes used in the gemstone market, as well as treatment identification of commercially important gemstones used in jewelry. 
Identifying Diamond Treatments Seminar
Saturday, Feb. 61 to 3 p.m.
A dynamic presentation and hands-on lab led by GIA instructors will present information on the nature and treatment of diamonds, including laser-drilled, fracture-filled, HPHT, irradiation and multiple treatment processes.
GIA Museum Exhibits
GIA’s museum exhibit “Striking Gold!” will help brighten the AGTA GemFair, Feb. 2-7. A number of transparent yellow gem species and varieties on the market, including sapphire, citrine, topaz and more unusual, collector gem minerals will be on view. At TGMS, Feb. 11-14, the museum will feature an exhibition “Mother Nature Sings the Blues,” featuring blue gems and jewelry to coincide with the show’s “Shades of Blue: Minerals of the World” theme.
GIA Library Exhibit
GIA’s library will feature some of its most venerated books in mineralogy and gemology at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, Feb. 11-14. “Providing Access in a Digital World” will give visitors insight into the library’s recent digitization project. In 2015, the Institute embarked on an extenstive project to make many of its rare and historically significant books available online to the public.
Party at the GIA Gem Mine: Arctic Blast
The GIA Alumni Association will have a “blast” in Tucson during its annual auction, dinner and dance party on Friday, Feb. 5 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Marriott University Park Hotel. Ticket prices are $55 prior to Jan. 15; $65 after and at the door. GIA alumni, students and industry friends can click  here to purchase tickets.

GIA at the CAD/CAM Pavilion
GIA’s  Jewelry Manufacturing Arts program is at the forefront of jewelry design education – from 3D printer rapid protoyping and casting to prefinishing, setting and buffing. Throughout the AGTA GemFair, GIA experts will answer questions and discuss a variety of relevant topics, including CAD/CAM, zero-shrinkage from CAD file to photopolymer models to rough castings, jewelry engineering priorities, jewelry design concepts, 3D scanning of gemstones and importing content into CAD files for use in making jewelry, and Quality Assurance Benchmarking criteria when CAD modeling. The ongoing series will take place in the AGTA CAD Design Studio, booth 450 in the Gem Hall.
For more details about the Institute’s offerings at the AGTA GemFair™, visit GIA’s website.

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit
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