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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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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Jewelers for Children Donates to Ebola Effort

Jewelers for Children has made a $ 100,000 donation to Save the Children’s Ebola Children’s Relief Fun to support efforts in fighting the deadly disease.

JFC received pledges from donors including Sterling Jewelers, Pandora, JCPenney, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and Hearts On Fire to assist with this support.

“Everyone is concerned about the rapid spread of the virus in Africa and so many children have died and many more are now orphans. said Ruth Batson, JFC board chair. “Our generous industry has once again stepped up to help in a crisis where children are involved.”

Save the Children, the Wilton, CT based non-profit dedicated to creating lasting change in the lives of children in need, has been a JFC recipient charity in the past following the devastating Asian tsunami, the earthquake in Haiti, and the tsunami in Japan.

Save the Children has been on the ground in Africa since the crisis began, building treatment centers, supporting the orphans, and conducting education on preventing the spread of the virus.

“With the on-going support of this great industry, JFC will be making a difference in the lives of the children involved in this tragic event. We know of no better organization that Save the Children to represent the industry’s support in the relief effort,” added Batson.

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Medical Facility Inaugurated in India

The Santokba Medical Centre, a state-of-the-art facility for medical care and treatment at Lathi Village was inaugurated by Shree Morari Bapu.

Set up at “Laljidada No Vadlo” (Meaning: Under the Shadow of Late Shree Laljidada – father of Mr. Govind Dholakia) Campus at Lathi Village in Gujarat State, the facility is a not-for-profit initiative by Govind Dholakia- Chairman, Shree Ramkrishna Exports, is aimed specifically for the free treatment of those who cannot afford it.

Patients will be treated at the subsidized rate, and the money that accrues will be utilized to support the institution. The rest of the center’s expenses will be covered by “Matrushri Santokba Laljibhai Dholakia Charitable Trust”.

The center has the best of technology, equipment and treatment protocols, and these have been put in place in consultation and collaboration with specialists. SRK running Many Medical & Educational centers since Many Years under its umbrella, undertook an initiative to acquaint remote area with best of life saving Treatment & technology at almost negligible cost.

Shree Morari Bapu said, “It is very difficult to do business as well as service to society at a time. Govindbhai is integrating both at its best. Whether it is Surat City Or this hometown, Govindbhai is always ahead in the queue when it comes to uphold the society.”

Govindbhai has been servicing society for the last three decades.

Govind Dholakia announced his intention to adopt 50 Children of the village, whose entire educational expense will be borne by him. He also allocated a special fund for supporting girls education, upliftment of widows and supporting needy women. Nearly 200 people were benefited by this initiative.

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