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A look back at the 2016 gem show

Posted at 10:47 PM, Feb 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-15 06:58:16-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The 2016 Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase ended Sunday.

There were two weeks worth of shows in more than 40 different locations across Tucson ending with the main event this weekend at the Tucson Convention Center.

Across the showcase there was plenty to see, and Nine On Your Side saw a lot of it.

A Triceratops dinosaur skeleton was on display with over 65 percent real bone, making it very valuable. For context, other skeletons have as little as 15 percent real bone.

At another show, one of the world's most well-known gem cutters, John Dyer, showed off his work from the past year.

The world's largest, intact, amethyst geode made its debut in Tucson. It is about 13 feet long, 5 feet high, and weighs about 30,000 pounds and came in one piece from Uruguay to Tucson.

A Himalayan crystal was on display at one show, and it came with a special story. The miner had a dream the crystal was in a secret cave, 15,000 feet above sea level in the Himalayan Mountains. Sure enough, the crystal of his dreams was there when he went looking for it.

The winter showcase returns to Tucson on January 28, 2017.