Beads of every shape, size, color and composition will be featured at the Tucson Fall Gem Shows, through the weekend. Visit three open-to-the-public gem shows at various locations through September 9: A Bead Carnival, J.O.G.S. International Exhibits, and Best Bead Show. Credentialed buyers can shop the Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc. show. Find more information about Tucson’s Gem Shows at visittucson.org/gemshow.
A Bead Carnival
3301 E. Pennsylvania St., Tucson, AZ 85714
Cross Streets: S. Palo Verde & Michigan
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The September 2012 A Bead Carnival (formerly ABC East/A Bead Circus) bead show will be held September 4th to 9th inside our spacious showroom at 3301 E. Pennsylvania (NWC Randolph and Pennsylvania) in the heart of Tucson’s gem shows on the Palo Verde corridor. Our showroom is open to the public for retail sales and accommodates wholesale buyers with credentials. There are deals everywhere you look!! Betsy Beader bead stringing materials and tools are available, semi-precious beads, vintage German beads and buttons, vintage Swarovski crystal, beads by the strand, and beads by the kilo. There are single beads, beads from China, India, Czech, and all over the world!
Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc. (G&LW)
Holidome at Holiday Inn Palo Verde
4550 S. Palo Verde Rd., Tucson, AZ 85714
Cross Streets: S. Palo Verde Rd & I-10
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sunday
Wholesale only. Register online and expedite matters. More than 90 national and international exhibitors. Shopping with everything from fossils to diamonds. Handicap accessible.
J.O.G.S. International Exhibits/Tucson Expo Center
Tucson Expo Center
3750 E. Irvington Rd. Tucson, AZ 85714
Cross Streets: Irvington Rd & I-10
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wholesale dealers, miners, designers and manufacturers from around the USA and overseas will offer new trends, quality and best value in merchandise including finished jewelry, antique jewelry, gold & silver jewelry, designer jewelry, cut stones, gems, beads, corals, turquoise, amber jewelry as well as variety of merchandise and gifts.
Handicap accessible. If you need more information please contact the Tucson Expo Center at 520-750-8000.
Best Bead Show
Kino Veterans Memorial Community Center
2805 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713
Cross Streets: Ajo Way & Forgeus Ave.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This show is open to the public–FREE ADMISSION!
Please note that while this show is open to the public, many if not all, exhibitors will conduct wholesale transactions with you but the following conditions must be met: (a) the exhibitor is willing to make a wholesale transaction- some (few) vendors, mostly artisans, do not carry inventory for such transactions, (b) you have proper credentials with you (listed above), and (b) your purchase meets their minimum requirement for such a transaction (each exhibitor sets their own minimum). If you are a wholesale buyer, please bring proper credentials with you (i.e. tax resale license and business cards). If ALL conditions are NOT met, THE EXHIBITOR MAY NOT process the sale as a wholesale transaction as it will violate show policy and/or state/federal laws. Please be respectful of this and do not ask the exhibitor to risk expulsion or heavy fines for the purpose of a sale, as this may be considered criminal solicitation.
Class times vary.