Watch: Get a Sneak Peek of This New Gem and Mineral Museum

Jan 22, 2021

Watch: Get a Sneak Peek of This New Gem and Mineral Museum

Take a virtual trip to the University of Arizona in Tucson with Museum Manager Eric Fritz in National Jeweler’s latest webinar.

New York—In early 2020, the University of Arizona’s mineral and gem museum began the process of moving into a new location, an expansion it has been eyeing for years.

It’s relocating to the historic Pima County Courthouse in Tucson, with a 12,000-square-foot exhibition hall to allow for a bigger collection and showcases.

The new museum hasn’t opened yet, but the team is working to get the Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum up and running by the end of February, though COVID-19 restrictions will ultimately be the deciding factor.

In the meantime, Museum Manager Eric Fritz offered National Jeweler and its readers a sneak peek of the new space in the latest episode of “My Next Question.” 

Watch the full session below.

Those interested in learning more can sign up to stay updated on the museum’s progress on its website.

For those who want to inquire about loaning specimens to the museum, contact Eric Fritz at

Join National Jeweler for another episode of “My Next Question” this coming Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. EST, where Senior Editor Ashley Davis will chat with three experts about the fine jewelry trends they expect to see in 2021.

For more information or to register, visit
Brecken Branstratoris the senior editor, gemstones at National Jeweler, covering sourcing, pricing and other developments in the colored stone sector.

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