AGS and Industry Leaders to Travel to Africa

Leaders from
the manufacturing, retail, gem laboratory and education sectors of the American
diamond industry, including a group of American Gem Society retailers, will travel
to southern Africa during the first two weeks in August 2010.

Led by Diamond
Trading Company Sightholder, Julius Klein Group, and supported by the
American Gem Society, the group of 15 diamond industry innovators will begin
the trip in London, followed by South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

The men and women traveling with the
African Meropa Diamond Tour plan to support local charities in each of the
southern African countries through tree planting (for carbon off-setting),
visiting local schools and the visualization of community projects.

American Gem
Society retailers represented on the trip include: president of the American
Gem Society board of directors, Cathy Calhoun of Calhoun Jewelers in
Royersford, Pennsylvania. Lawrence and Kathy Bock of Bachendorf’s Underwoord Jewelers in Jacksonville, FL,
Frank and Theresa Brown of Brown & Company
in Roswell, Georgia, Jim and Carolyn Clark of BC Clark Jewelers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Mark and Candy
Udell of London Jewelers in
Manhasset, NY. Representing the Julius Klein Group will be AD & Bella Klein
and Moshe & Sheindy Klein. in Dallas, Texas, Clayton and Christy Bromberg of

Highlights of Julius
Klein Group’s African Meropa Diamond Tour will include:

  • a behind the scenes tour of the Diamond Trading Company’s sorting
    facility and meetings with several key DTC executives,
  • tours of both Julius Klein Group’s South African and Namibian offices
    and manufacturing facilities, 
  • a visit to De Beers Group’s off shore mining operation off the coast
    of Namibia,
  • a visit to De Beers’ Jwaneng mine,
  • some R&R and a safari or two at game reserves in Namibia and S.
  • “meet and greet” sessions with highest level government officials from
    each of the southern African countries as well as local representatives from De
  • visits to the Moira Grace Children’s Home in Namibia, where the group
    will make a substantial monetary donation and to the SOS Children’s Village in
    Botswana, where the Group will also provide gifts and donations benefiting
    orphaned children living in each of these places.