The third Hardrock Summit, held in Denver from September 15-18, 2023, was attended by approximately 1,000 trade visitors and nearly 6,000 total people. A varied audience, including industry experts and consumers, attended the event, which featured exhibitions, activities, and education featuring fine jewelry, gemstones, and mineral specimens. Members of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA GemFairTM Denver) and the Denver Gem & Mineral Show (DGMS) took part.
“As a smaller and more regional show, we were pleased with the quality retailers and collectors we met with for both our mineral and gem sectors.” “It was a nice environment to strengthen our relationships and make new industry connections,” stated Carl Larson of Pala International.
“Hardrock Summit is a well-timed show for purchasing colored stones, especially for retailers as the holiday season approaches.” “The rising demand in the colored gem market coincides perfectly with the timing of this show, and it was great to be a part of it,” said John Bradshaw of John J. Bradshaw.
The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals, New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum, Mines Museum of Earth Science, The University of Arizona Alfie Norville Gem, Mineral Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Jim and Gail Spann Collection, and the Gene Meieran Tourmaline Slices were among the special exhibits on display at Hardrock Summit.
In addition to the displays, the event featured a series of informative lectures by renowned speakers. Throughout the weekend, these workshops offered guests with expert views, important information, and updates on the most recent trends in the mineral and gem industries.
The 55th Annual Denver Gem & Mineral Show (DGMS), presented by Hardrock Summit, included a variety of family-friendly attractions. Attendees got the opportunity to study minerals from throughout the world, observe meteorites and ancient fossils, experience the fluorescence room with rocks that lighted in the dark, go gold panning, and look at a wide range of jewelry and stones. Live cutting and polishing demonstrations by skilled lapidary artists were enthralling.