The 44th annual New Orleans Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show will be held Oct. 10-12 at the Best Western Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, and free for Scouts in uniform and youth under 12.

The show, presented by the Gem and Mineral Society of Louisiana, will feature dealers exhibiting precious gemstones, Louisiana opals, minerals, fossils, beads and jewelry. Members of the society will be demonstrating jewelry making and cabochon cutting. Several displays will feature fluorescent minerals and dinosaur bones.

Specials for children include “polish your own cabochons” lessons and rock grab bags.

Ballast stone cabochons will be featured displays. The grand prize is a sculptural specimen of Lower Miocene Aged petrified wood.

The Gem and Mineral Society of Louisiana, located in New Orleans, is a member of both the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies and the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies. It meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the geology department building at the University of New Orleans. For information, contact Levette Carlos at (504) 214-3205 or