Gem Legacy Celebrates 3rd Anniversary With Online Auction

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROYAL OAK, MI – Gem Legacy, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting vocational training, entrepreneurship and community development in the colorful gemstone mining regions of East Africa, celebrates its 3rd anniversary with an online auction of jewelry and gemstones donated by industry gemstone dealers, jewelers, and marketers who support Gem Legacy.

Proceeds from the anniversary auction will fund the charity’s initiative to put tools in the hands of artisanal miners. Each toolbox costs an average of $ 125, although the toolboxes are tailored to the needs of each mine.

“Anyone in the industry can bid on these beautiful gems and jewelry donated by our generous donors,” said Rachel Dery Merisheki, Gem Legacy representative.

The auction began on Monday, September 13 and ends Sunday, September 26 at 8 p.m. EST. Bidders can choose to bid in increments or select the “Buy Now” price. Shipping is included within the continental United States. The auctions are open here: 32auctions.com/gemlegacy2021.

The donors of the auction items are: ANZA Gems, Buzz Advertising Agency, Caleb B. Quashen International, Enji Jewelry Studio, Dan Lynch Gems, Debra Navarro Jewelry, LuxeRox, Omi Gems and Roger Dery Gem Design.

Gem Legacy’s 3rd anniversary includes a celebration of its work in 2021, funded by donations to the association, which have included to date:

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  • 15 scholarships for students of the Arusha Gem Faceting School, who have completed a five-month training program in gemology and gemstone faceting. The scholarships were funded by a grant from the JCK Industry Fund.
  • 68 miner’s toolkits delivered to artisanal miners in Kenya and Tanzania, who have no external funding.
  • Two new American-made gem-cutting machines were donated and delivered to the Arusha Gem Faceting School.
  • Over 800 elementary school breakfasts and lunches given daily at Kitarini Primary School in Longido, Tanzania.
  • 10 toilets built for 1,500 secondary students at Sanawari Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania.
  • 11 scholarships awarded to orphans to attend secondary school in Mwatate, Kenya.
  • $ 5,000 worth of COVID-19 relief deliveries, including non-perishable foods, masks, soap and other sanitary supplies.


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