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Magnolia State Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show is this weekend

An opal that will be at the gem and mineral show this weekend.
An opal that will be at the gem and mineral show this weekend. Mississippi Gulf Coast Gem and Mineral Society

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Gem and Mineral Society will sponsor their 28th annual Magnolia State Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show this weekend.

The show times are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center Building, Jackson County Fairgrounds, 2902 Shortcut Road, Pascagoula.

Daily admission is $3 for adults or three-day tickets are $5, and children ages 12 and under are admitted free. There is no charge for parking.

Door prizes will be given and raffle tickets are available for other prizes.

This is a family-oriented show and children accompanied by an adult are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This year’s show will have a number of exhibits featuring rare gemstones, jewelry, and a variety of artistic creations.

One particular exhibit is Mississippi’s very own precious gemstone, “Opal,” which includes a nice-size segment of opal in the rough (contained in the natural matrix the way it was found), pieces that have been cut and polished into a gem quality specimen, to show the opal’s color and beauty.

The exhibit will also contain geological information about the opal from the Office of Geology.

There will be scientific and educational exhibits that will have fossils, rare and unusual mineral specimens and a black (ultraviolet) light display.

A gold exhibit will return to this year’s show and there will be some meteorites found in Mississippi.

Members of the society will be available to demonstrate techniques such as faceting, wire wrapping, intarsia, cabbing, silver work, beading and various other techniques used in the lapidary arts and crafts.

Buddy Shotts, a master faceter, and his wife Reba will be demonstrating the methods used to facet gem stones to increase their brilliance and beauty.

David Cook will demonstrate techniques in wire-wrapping. Barbara Saavedra will have gem trees and is offering a kids corner with gem tree instructions and sluicing. Vicki Reynolds will be painting and displaying her beautiful pictures on rock slabs.

The dealers for the show come from all parts of the United States and will have a varied and wide-ranging selection of items to choose from

The Magnolia State Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show is sponsored and fully funded by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Gem and Mineral Society Inc.

Meetings and workshops are held on the second Saturday of each month at the Ocean Springs Library, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors are welcome and membership is open to anyone interested in the Earth sciences or lapidary arts and crafts. For more information visit the club website at www.mgcgms.org.

Magnolia State Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Civic Center Building, Jackson County Fairgrounds, 2902 Shortcut Road, Pascagoula.

Daily admission: $3 for adults or three-day tickets are $5, and children ages 12 and under are admitted free. There is no charge for parking.

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