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Gems in the Desert

Posted on January 24, 2014

We like to consider ourselves a gem in the desert at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa – with every luxury you can think of set in the majestic Sonoran Desert. But if you’re the literal type, then we’ve got just the thing for you, too. Each year, the Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase – nicknamed “The World’s Largest Treasure Hunt” – descends upon Tucson. This year, from Feb. 1-16, hundreds of buyers and sellers set up shop across town with everything from exotic diamonds to glass beads to dinosaur fossils

You won’t want to miss the special 13th Annual Westward Look Gem Show at Westward Look Wyndham Grand. Open to the public, shop to your delight from Friday, Feb. 7, through Monday, Feb. 10. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day but Feb. 10, when the show closes at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 8, “Collector Day,” see the special award-winning private mineral collection of Al & Sue Liebetrau on display in the lobby from 10a.m to 4 p.m.  They’ll also be present to answer any questions you may have.

Some other shows across town are restricted to dealers, but many, like ours, are free and open to the public.

The citywide gemfest ends with the not-to-be-missed Tucson Gem & Mineral Show at downtown’s Tucson Convention Center. In its sixth decade, this year’s theme is “60 Years of Diamonds, Gems, Silver and Gold.” The show, which runs Feb. 13-16, is open to the public for a fee. See displays from renowned museums and private collections along with more than 250 mineral, gemstone, jewelry and fossil retail dealers. There will be free lectures and seminars, and a Junior Education Area for the kids.

You’ll want to book your room as soon as possible, so you can enjoy the Tucson gem show at Westward Look Wyndham Grand! After all, we have our own rare mineral and gems: GOLD, our fine-dining restaurant is one of only four and has the most consecutive years (20) as a 4-Diamond restaurant in Tucson.