Exhibits and Exhibitors

Exhibits are at the heart of the Denver Gem & Mineral Show, providing local and international community members, groups, and institutions a rare opportunity to showcase their collections and share their stories. On the other side of the coin, exhibits provide visitors with perspectives and points of reference — touchstones for starting, advancing, or curating their own collections.

The nearly 100 competitive and noncompetitive exhibits feature the latest mineral and fossil finds from around the world as well as world-class specimens reflecting the show theme. In celebration of the show’s 50th anniversary, the 2017 show theme will be Gold and Silver. The theme of the 2018 show will be Minerals of Mexico.

Competitors vie for awards honoring the best of show in a number of categories, including the best specimens in a number of categories, best fossil, and best institutional and individual cases in the show. Among these coveted awards, the Prospector, Junior Prospector, and Club Prospector trophies are awarded to the best personally collected specimens found during the prior twelve months. The prestigious Pearl Trophy is awarded to the best specimen entered into a special competition named for Richard Pearl, noted author of Colorado Gem Trails and Mineral Guide among many other mineral books.

Collectors and museum curators can frequently be found on the show floor to discuss their exhibits and answer visitors’ questions.  Videos of select curator discussions are available on the show’s YouTube channel.

For more information about non-competitive exhibits or to enter your exhibit, please click here.

For competitive exhibit information and entry forms, please click here.

For nonprofit exhibitor information, please click here.

For nonprofit applications and entry forms, please click here.


Featured Exhibitor: Francisco Sotomayor 

Francisco Sotomayor is a sculptor who will be exhibiting new sculptures at this the Denver Gem and Mineral Show this year. One of his features pieces is “Yin-Yang 2017″ crafted from obsidian. This gorgeous piece is 13” in diameter and would make a beautiful addition to any home. You can see this and many more pieces of art featured at the show!


Competition Winners from 2016


Not Featured:

Best of Species Trophy:

  • Thumbnail: Paula Presmyk for her Rhodochrosite from South Africa
  • Cabinet: Jack Halpern for his Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia
  • Over-sized Cabinet: Larry Havens for his Japan Law Twisted Quartz                                                from South Africa

Best Fossil:

  • Even Walsh for his Trilobite

Junior Prospector Trophy:

  • Hunter Kokkinen for his Celestine/Calcite from Utah

C.E. Withers Award:

  • Scott Rudolph for Minerals from the Tsumeb Mine

Individual Competitive Case Trophies:

Educational, General Audience, Skill, and Lapidary:

  • Keith Sheel- How to Make a Cabochon

Fossils, Single Classification:

  • Even Walsh for his Trilobites