The Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society held its 53rd annual show this weekend at the Trade Mart on the state fairgrounds.
Gems, jewelry, fossils and minerals were on display. Members of the gem and mineral society learn how to collect rocks, the types of rocks collected and how to make jewelry from the stones found.
"Pretty much just like this right here. It's just a piece of gravel collected from a driveway in Mississippi. I learned how to make this through the society. But the different vendors we have may have fossils, finished jewelry, loose gems. You name it, we've pretty much got everything," said Keith Peacock," with the MS Gem & Mineral Society.
One vendor had a rare opal that is found no where else in the world but Louisiana.
Organizers say often the interest in rock collecting begins at a young age and it later develops into the discovery that rocks can be fashioned into something much more valuable.
The show is always held the last weekend of February.
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