Karen’s Jewelers will host a one-day gemstone show featuring loose colored gemstones from around the world from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, September 13, at the store, which is at 1120 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge.
Thousands of loose stones, from aquamarine to zircon, will be presented at Karen’s Jewelers by Artinian Gems, a California company that searches for fine gemstone materials all over the world. The firm’s gemstones have come from Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Nigeria, and other remote mining areas, a press release said.
“All the stones are handpicked for their brilliance and color saturation,” said Jonathan Hart of Karen’s Jewelers. “We invited Artinian Gems to Oak Ridge not only for the company’s fair-trade practices and support for international causes, but also because of how well Artinian curated its collection.”
Included in the show, besides aquamarine and zircon, will be garnet, opal, ruby, sapphire, morganite, beryl, peridot, sphene, tanzanite, and tourmaline. Prices will range from a $20 citrine to a $50,000 sapphire, along with some at more than $100,000, all faceted to the highest standards in Artinian’s gemstone cutting facility, Hart said.
Artinian emphasizes environmental sustainability and fair-trade gems, policies that have helped the firm create a network of trusted local artisanal miners and gemstone exporters, Hart said. Artinian donates to causes that fight human trafficking, supports two orphanages, and assists in a mentoring program for adults in Thailand, the press release said.
The stones are ready to be set in custom designs, and Karen’s Jewelers will assist customers in designing jewelry, Hart said.
For more information about the event or to request an appointment the day of the show and sale, contact Karen’s Jewelers at (865) 483-6717. Also, see the website at www.karensjewelers.com.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release and photos were submitted by Kay Brookshire.
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