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“This is a true rockhound must stop.”

Tucson Mineral and Gem World
Ranked #4 of 130 Shopping in Tucson
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Nags Head, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“This is a true rockhound must stop.”
Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

Stopped in on the way back from living desert museum/ zoo. The owner was very helpful finding a new specimen for my rock hound friend at home...wanted something native from Arizona for her collection...he found me some native perridote in matrix and bisbee copper samples. Great shop.

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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Last stop on our trip and one of the most memorable!”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

We were staying across the street at the Cat Mountain Lodge and had no idea this place was across the street! I saw the teepee from the corner but didn't think anything of it. As we were heading home, I finally saw the shop front and hollered for my husband to pull over. He was as excited as I was. :D

I absolutely love the old world charm of the front. Lots of fun photo ops and neat little Saguaro/stonehenge to the right of the shop. ;)

Inside, it's pretty casual and eccentric. Take your time. Dig through the bins, ask to look in the cases and get the specimens into better light. Do what you gotta and you'll find something to fall in love with. You'll find local AZ minerals too. Great for the souvenir seeker..

We ended up coming back twice and looked at every specimen. You'll find everything from minerals, gems, fossils, artifacts -- even human skulls! (Though, I think that's part of Richard's collection. Not for sale... I hope!) Each specimen has an informative tag indicating origin and price.

We had an interest in rock/mineral collecting but never had a chance to start. Knowing that the area was known for mining, it was an excellent place to start. Richard was very helpful and we were happy to start our collection at his shop.

Visited March 2014
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3 Thank Li D
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“OMG!”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

This eccentric hidden Gem is not to be missed.
It's collection of fabulous crystals and minerals makes it a unique place.
The two old timers running the place were friendly and knowledgeable, and their dogs we so adorable. We even found some very old, better to say ancient artifacts.There is something for everyone at very reasonable prices. Do not miss a chance to pop in, say hello and get a little souvenir. .

Visited April 2013
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Bettendorf, Iowa
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wonderful Shop and Great Owners”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

This is our third trip to Tucson in the last five years and we always make it a point to visit the Tucson Mineral & Gem World. Actually, our first visit was by accident; we got lost hiking around Golden Gate Mountain. We found ourselves on Kinney Road and at the mineral and gem store. One of the owners (Ron Ratkevich), helped us find our way back to where our car was located and gave us hiking sticks. The sticks came in handy on that hike and the others we did during our trip. Before leaving Tucson, we stopped by the store to return the hiking sticks. This time we had the opportunity to browse around the store see what a great collection of gems, stones, jewelry, fossils, and odd & curious items they had. We made some purchases of one of a kind items (things you don't see back in Iowa), Richard Ratkevich gave us some great deals and some tips on what to see and do on our next trip to Tucson. We have been stopping at their store ever since. Our thanks to Richard and Ron Ratkevich.

Visited January 2014
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Chicago
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Amazing and Friendly!”
Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

The shop is out on the southside of Tucson on the way to the Desert Museum. It is run by two really great guys and the quantity and quality of their merchandise is excellent. They have a phenomenal amount of fossils as well as crystals and jewelry. They also have sapphires,Rubys,Topaz, whatever you would like. Probably the nicest two guys I've ever met when looking for rocks.

Visited January 2014
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