The 50th Annual Gem and Mineral Show

12:00 September 26, 2022
By: Steven Foley


From Oct 14-16, 2022 (10 am - 6 pm Fri and Sat; 10 am - 4 pm Sun) The Gem & Mineral Society of Louisiana will be presenting their 50th Annual Gem and Mineral Show. The New Orleans Gem and Mineral Society is a 501c3, which means your donations are taxable. The Society are members of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies and South Central Federation of the Mineralogical Societies. The Society's mission statement states: The Gem & Mineral Society of Louisiana, at New Orleans, is dedicated to the advancement and sharing of knowledge in the fields of Geology, Mineralogy, Lapidary, and Paleontology. The event will be held at the John A. Alario Center in Westwego, Louisiana. Admission rates range from: adults $6, students/military/members $3, Scouts in uniforms and children under 12 get in free.


Gem and mineral dealers from a variety of Gulf Coast states, will be showing off their hand faceted gems, the rare Louisiana opals, and other items on display will be mineral specimens, fossils, beads, and assorted jewelry. The Louisiana Opals were only commercially mined at the Hidden Fire Opal Mine that closed in the 1990s.

Visitors will be able to crack their own geodes. Each hour there will be raffled door prizes. There will also be two grand prizes and a silent auction on Sunday. If you are already a Society member, you can join in on the silversmithing and casting demonstrations, wire wrapping and cabochon cutting.

There will be exhibits competing on unique rock collections and dinosaur bones. For those fluorescent gem and mineral collectors you will find a special tent just for these precious gems. Cabochon cutting and jewelry making are other options as well.

The Gem and Mineral Show is kid friendly. Kids attending will have a chance to get surprise grab bags. Jurassic Park youth might enjoy the "Make A Fossil", where your child can make their own dinosaur bone. If dinosaurs aren't for your kid, let them have fun making a tree made of gems. What kid wouldn't want one of those? I want one! Finally for the kiddos there will be a Plinko wall.

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