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Gem Legacy Celebrates Second Anniversary with Auction to Raise Funds for Miner Toolkits

Royal Oak, Mich. Sept. 15, 2020. Gem Legacy, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting education, vocational training, and local economies in small, artisanal gem mining communities in Africa, celebrates its second anniversary with an online auction. It will take place from Sept. 22–26 to raise funds for its newest project, a miner toolkit. One hundred percent of all bids and donations go directly to the purchase of items for the toolkits; members of Gem Legacy’s Advisory Board underwrite all administrative fees for the nonprofit. Click here to bid.

“Tools are absolutely essential to small gem miners’ success,” says Rachel Dery, director of communication and outreach for Gem Legacy. “We know that over 90 percent of East African miners are or were farmers first. Once they found gems on their property, they began gem mining, but most of them simply use farming implements to mine, which are mostly ineffective. The Gem Legacy Miner Toolkit will provide them with more-efficient set-ups that will allow them to be more productive in their mining.”

The Gem Legacy Miner Toolkit was created in partnership with local governments, which surveyed miners to ensure the kit of supplies was tailored to meet the greatest need. It currently includes a shovel, chisel, hammer, pickaxe, hand drill, blasting tools, helmet, head light, gloves, and a sieve.

Companies donating jewelry and loose gems to the auction include:

  • ANZA Gems
  • Caleb B. Quashen International
  • Dan Lynch Gems
  • Enji Jewelry Studio
  • Michael Couch & Associates
  • Parlè Jewelry Designs
  • Roger Dery Gem Design
  • Stauer

For more information, contact Rachel Dery at rachel@gemlegacy.org or 248-545-3546.

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