Tucson After-Party Guide 2023

A guide to all the evening and extra events at the Tucson Gem Show 2023 by Justin K Prim

Justin K Prim
Justin K Prim
2 min readDec 27, 2022


Friday January 27

Day: Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery- talks and events throughout the week — Schedule Here

Sunday January 29

Day: NAJA Conference— Register Here

Monday January 30

Day: AGTA Show begins
Day: Faceting Demo — UArizona Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum
Evening : Gemology Worldwide Party —Marriot Starr Pass — RSVP Here

Tuesday January 31

Evening: AGTA 40th Anniversary Party — Register Here

Wednesday February 1

Day: AGA Conference — Get Tickets Here
Evening: AGA Gala Dinner — 6:30PM — Get Tickets Here
Evening: UArizona Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum open until 8pm for evening visitors.

Evening: Rio Grande Meet and Greet — 6–7pm — Double Tree Convention Center

Thursday February 2

Day: Faceting Symposium Begins — Old Pueblo Lapidary Club
Evening: The History of Gemstone Software Design Video Documentary Premiere — Old Pueblo Lapidary Club — 4:30
Evening: AJDC Design AwardsUArizona Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum — 6–8:30pm — Register Here
Evening: Gem-A Bash — Marriot — Register
Evening: Tequila Thursday with Kerry Gregory — 5–7pm — Location TBA — Register

Friday February 3

Day: Faceting Symposium Day 2 — Old Pueblo Lapidary Club
Evening: GIA Night at the Museum — UArizona Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum — 6–9PM — Register Here
Evening: Mineral City Show Party — Details Here

Saturday February 4

Day: Faceting Symposium Day 3 — Old Pueblo Lapidary Club
Day: A Day at the Alfie — Alfie Norville Museum — Schedule here
Evening: AGTA Spectrum Awards Dinner
Evening: A Day at the Alfie: Speakeasy Party — 7–10pm
Evening: Faceting Hob Nob Party — Old Pueblo Lapidary Club

Here is an extensive of all the shows happening during the day at Tucson 2023: https://jogsshow.com/tucson-gem-show-schedule/

My daytime show recommendations:
For faceting rough: Pueblo Show and 22nd Street Show
For lapidary rough: Kino
For eye candy: AGTA and GJX
For talks and demos: AGTA seminars
Somewhere in the Rainbow Stone Display: UArizona Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum

About the Author

Justin K Prim is an American gemcutter. He has studied gemcutting traditions all over the world as well as attending gemology programs at GIA and AIGS. Justin has taught gemology and gemcutting at AIGS and IGT in Bangkok and he has recently published his first book, The Secret Teachings of Gemcutting. He is the founder of Faceting Apprentice, an online gemcutting school, and he also writes articles, produces videos, and gives talks about gem cutting history.

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Justin K Prim
Justin K Prim

Gentleman Lapidary | Author | Faceting Instructor | Chronicler of Gemcutting History