Gem Show opens at TCC

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Tucson’s largest, oldest and most prestigious gem and mineral show — the one that set everything in motion — starts today, Thursday, Feb. 8, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Society’s show has enjoyed international stature since the 1970s and was the first gem and mineral show to bring the hobby enthusiast, the public and the curator/professionals together for discovery and discussion. This year’s theme is “Crystals and Crystal Forms.”

Find tickets at TCC ticket outlets or call 791-4101, then press 1.

Admission is $13 (which includes $1 facility tax); Children ages 14 and under are free with a paying adult. Friday, Feb. 9, is Military Day (active and retired) and Senior Citizens Day (62 and older); receive $2 off the regularly priced ticket (cannot be used with any other discount). Two-day tickets will be available for a cost of $22 (which cannot be used with any other discount).

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