Craig Danforth Joins Gem Legacy Advisory Board

Gem Legacy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to colored gemstone mining communities, has appointed Craig Selimotic Danforth (pictured) to its advisory board.

Danforth is vice president of client solutions for Jewelers Mutual Group, which he joined last year. For the decade before that, he worked at the Gemological Institute of America, first as director of sales, then as director of global business development.

He has also worked as senior director, training and development, at Cartier, and director of training at David Yurman.

Danforth is also a member of the Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California and the 24 Karat Club of the Southeastern United States, where he sits on the scholarship committee.

Danforth will join Christina Clover of Field’s Jewelers; freelance writer (and former JCK editor-in-chief) Peggy Jo Donahue; Ben Smithee of the Smithee Group; and Monica Stephenson of Anza Gems and iDazzle on the group’s board. Roger Dery serves as the group’s executive director.

“We’ve asked Craig to join us because his varied experiences and deep understanding of the many aspects of our industry make him a priceless asset to our mission,” said Dery in a statement. “We are thankful to have him working on our Advisory Board to add his wisdom and perspective to Gem Legacy’s mission. We are confident that their collective passion, drive, and vision will give Gem Legacy exponential growth in 2020 and beyond.”

“I’m honored to join the Advisory Board of Gem Legacy, champion its philanthropic mission, and further expand awareness of its vision,” added Danforth in the same statement. “It is exciting to be a part of an organization dedicated to fundamentally changing the lives of the often overlooked, yet extremely hardworking individuals (and their families) who are so critical to the success.”

For more on Gem Legacy and its mission, go to gemlegacy.org. JCK senior editor Emili Vesilind profile the group last year.

(Image courtesy of Gem Legacy)

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