Exhibits & 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. The theme of the 2019 show will be Minerals of Canada.
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.
2016 Competition Winners
2017 Competition Winners
Individual Competitive Cases
Thumbnail Barites (Masters) - Barbara Sky
Worldwide Thumbnails (Masters) - Nick North
Cretaceous Theropod Dinosaurs (Novice) - Evan Walsh
Worldwide Miniatures (Masters) - Ron and Judy Knoshaug
Open minerals (Advanced) - Elk Creek, SD Barites, Larry and Denise Rossum
Educational Exhibit (Novice) - “Naming Minerals,” Erin Delventhal
Educational Exhibit (Novice) - “Complex Gold & Silver Ores of CO,” Dale Plume
Educational Exhibit (Novice) - “Gold and Silver Ore to Coins and Bullion,” Dale Gann
Randal Kokkinen, Smoky Quartz and Amazonite, CO
Hunter Kokkinen, Amazonite and Quartz, CO
Colorado Mineral Society
Thumbnail - Larry Havens
Toenail – Jack Halpern
Gold, Eagles Nest, CA
Miniature – Jack Halpern
Cabinet – Jack Halpern
Best of Colorado – Judy and Ron Knoshaug
Best of Fossil
Devonian brachiopod, Garfield Co., CO
Richard M. Pearl Award
Rhodochrosite, Park Co., CO
Donna Chirnside Memorial Museum Award
Museum of Western Mining and Industry, Colorado Springs, CO
C. E. Withers Award
Himalaya Mine Tourmalines