Jewelers for Children Awards $100,000 in Local Grants

Jewelers for Children has announced the winners of their 2014 Local Grants program.

JFC set aside $ 100,000 to be used for ten $ 10,000 grants to local organizations. Industry members had the opportunity to nominate a local organization to receive one of these grants. The winners were selected by a Facebook based voting campaign that ran from October 6-19.. Nearly 18,000 visitors voted over the two-week period.

The winners are:

Matthew's Giving Tree, nominated by Kay Cameron Jewelers

Children's Heart Foundation, nominated by the American Gem Society

Plant A Seed, Inspire A Dream Foundation, nominated by David Craig Fine Jewelry

Junior League of Baton Rouge, nominated by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry

Kenny Rogers Children's Center, nominated by Bo’s Jewelry and Paw

Camp Sunshine, nominated by Day’s Jewelers
University of Wisconsin American Family Children's Hospital, nominated by Goodman’s Jewelers

Gio's Garden, nominated by Bauer Jewelry Designs
Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, nominated by Morrow HR

North Kitsap Fishline, nominated by Dahlquist Fine Jewelers

Jewelers for Children will send checks to the nominating organizations, who will be able to present them to their respective, winning charities. A sample media alert and press release will be included allowing the nominating organization to garner local press for themselves and the charity.

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Todd Reed Nominated for GEM Award

Todd Reed has been nominated for the jewelry industry’s most esteemed honor, the GEM Award, in the Design category.

The GEM Awards, which will take place in a live ceremony on January 9, 2015 in New York City, “honors the achievements of individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility of fine jewelry and watches in the categories of: Design, Media Excellence and Marketing & Communications.”

Todd Reed joins the ranks of celebrated designers Alexis Bittar and Stephen Webster. “I am so honored to be nominated among the most distinguished in the field for this most prestigious award,” Reed said. Truly unique and individual in every aspect, approximately 68 percent of his business is custom. Reed’s timeless pieces are all handcrafted and finished in 18K gold, palladium, platinum, and silver in his Boulder, CO and Venice, CA studios. Reed stills works one-on-one with clients to create a special, one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.

Reed’s love for art and design is also illustrated through his many museum affiliations, including the Denver Art Museum, where he has created exhibits for events benefiting the Design Council. His work has also been featured in the “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC” exhibit at the Forbes Gallery in New York City, and his first solo exhibit will be opening at the Boulder Contemporary Museum of Art (BMOCA) the last week in October.

For more information on the Todd Reed fine jewelry collection, please visit

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GIA Team Studies Emerald Production in Zambia

In September 2014, a team of Gemological Institute of America field researchers journeyed to Zambia to collect emerald samples for the Institute’s gem identification database and to document the current state of Kagem, the world’s largest emerald mine, located in the Kafubu mining area.

Since Gemfields, the publicly-traded gemstone mining company, acquired the open pit mining operations six years ago, ore mining has increased from 3,000 to 8,000 tons per month and rock handling has increased from 125,000 to 750,000 tons per month.

Field Gemologists Vincent Pardieu and Andrew Lucas, Gems & Gemology technical editor Tao Hsu, videographer Didier Gruel and expedition guest Stanislas Detroyat made up the research team. “I’ve visited numerous colored gemstone mining operations throughout the world, but one of this size, modernization and organization really gives a visual of the changes that may be coming to our industry,” said Lucas.

“Standing in front of the pit is like looking at a geological textbook,” added Detroyat. By combining an understanding of the geology with professional mining methods, Gemfields has turned Kagem into a profitable operation. In July 2009, its first high-grade rough emerald auction achieved $4.4 million, and in February 2014, $59.31 million.

Along with a standardized grading system for emerald rough and an auction platform, environmentally sound practices and community outreach programs have revolutionized the mine-to-market gemstone business. In-pit dumping ensures that the environmental liability is kept as low as possible, while increased exploratory drilling, mapping of pegmatite and talc magnetite schist, resource calculations and mining software have improved the technical output of the mine.

Following the visit to Kagem, Pardieu, along with Detroyat and Gruel, continued on to additional Zambian emerald mines to collect comparative samples. At the small mining operation of Musakashi in the Solwesi province, the team confirmed the existence of an emerald deposit with interesting internal features and color reminiscent of Colombian emeralds as reported in the summer 2014 issue of G&G. Meanwhile, several other operations in the Kafubu area, such as Miku, Dabuisha, Matenke and Benisa, are now run by Chinese companies.

“It was fascinating to visit and study the Kafubu emerald mining area, one of the oldest gemstone producing areas is Africa, and to witness the challenges faced by the local miners. In comparison to other gems, emerald is very difficult to mine since it’s mainly mined from primary deposits and production is technically much more challenging,” said Pardieu.

In keeping with its mission to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry, GIA regularly conducts research field trips to important gem and jewelry centers around the globe, incorporating findings into research practices and education programs and providing information to the trade and public. GIA appreciates the access and information provided during these visits; however, they should not be taken as or used as a commercial endorsement. Findings from the Zambia field trip will be featured in an upcoming issue of G&G, as well as in field reports and video documentaries on

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Interactive Appraising Seminar Takes Place Online Today, Oct. 21

The GIA Alumni Association Minnesota / Twin Cites Chapter invites all to participate in a global event with Appraisers International Society founder and president, Elly Rosen. “The 21st Century Professional Gems & Jewelry Valuer & Appraiser: Profits vs Pitfalls in Professional Appraising.” This is first-ever global event for a GIA Alumni Association Chapter takes place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Those unable to attend in person are invited to attend, view and participate live online via AISociety GoToTraining audio-visual technologies (used since 2011 for AiCertification’s global courses.)

The seminar will highlight:

  • New global standards for appraisal information service providers
  • Corrective gemology for gem and jewelry valuation and appraisal
  • Application of valuation principles to gems and jewelry specific procedures and methodology
  • Valuation and value related appraisal services for consumer and professional clients

The cost to attend the event live online is $35. GIA Alumni Members globally may attend at a reduced rate of $25 using the code: giaaa in the payment code field during registration.

To register, click here.

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