(ROYAL OAK, Mich.) – Gem Legacy, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting vocational training, entrepreneurship, and community development in East African colored gemstone mining communities, is celebrating its 4th anniversary with an auction.
The proceeds of the anniversary auction will fund the charity’s initiative to help prevent silicosis, a deadly lung disease prevalent among tanzanite miners due to the large exposure to silica dust in the geology of tanzanite’s host rock. Gem Legacy provides preventative measures, in addition to personal protective equipment (PPE), customized to the needs of each mine and the jobs of each worker.
Bidding began September 21st and ends October 2nd at 9 pm EST. Bidders can choose to bid in increments or select the “Buy Now” price. Shipping within the United States is sponsored by the JM® Shipping Solution by Jewelers Mutual® Group.
Auction item donors are: The American Gem Society, Anza Gems, Buzz Advertising Agency, Dan Lynch Gems, Debra Navarro Jewelry, Enji Jewelry Studio, Gem World, Greenwich St. Jewelers, Luxe Rox, Omi Gems, Parlè Jewelry Designs, Roger Dery Gem Design and The Smithee Group.
Gem Legacy’s 4th anniversary includes a celebration of its work in 2022: scholarships for eight students to receive a five-month training in gemology and gemstone faceting; 43 miner toolkits delivered; scholarships for 17 orphans to attend secondary school; 800+ primary school students receiving breakfast and lunch daily, and 10 toilets built for 1,500 secondary school students.
Learn more about Gem Legacy at gemlegacy.org.