Thousands of loose gemstones in a range of colors will be on display at Karen’s Jewelers for a one-day gemstone show on Thursday, September 26. The show featuring gemstones from mines around the world will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the store, which is at 1120 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge.
Aquamarines, emeralds, garnets, rubies, opals, sapphires, tourmalines, and zircons will be among gemstones included in the show. Among rare gemstones will be alexandrite, which changes color from bluish mossy green in daylight outdoors to red in lamplight indoors, and sphene, a brilliant transparent yellowish green or green with a diamond-like luster.
“We invite Artinian Gems, which has sourced fine gemstones from around the world for two generations, to Oak Ridge for this show of loose, colorful gems,” said Martha Hart of Karen’s Jewelers. “The California gem firm emphasizes environmental sustainability and fair trade gems, in addition to presenting a beautiful collection.”
The gemstones come from Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Nigeria, and other remote mining locations.
“The company also gives back to communities where it does business, donating to causes that fight human trafficking, supporting two orphanages, and mentoring adults and youth in Thailand, where its gemstone cutting facility is located,” Hart said.
Prices will range from a $20 citrine to a $50,000 sapphire, as well as a few at more than $100,000, all faceted to the highest standards in Artinian’s gemstone cutting facility, Hart said. The stones are ready to be set in custom designs, and Karen’s Jewelers can assist customers in designing jewelry, she said.
For more information or to request an appointment the day of the show, contact Martha Hart at (865) 483-6717 or see the Karen’s Jeweler’s website at www.karensjewelers.com. For more information about the gemstones in the show, see the Artinian Gems website at www.artiniangems.com.
Ths press release and photo were submitted by Kay Brookshire.