The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the world’s foremost authority in gemology, held its first Circle of Honor Dinner at the Institute’s world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. May 4. The event was held to recognize 20 dedicated supporters of the Institute who have donated gifts-in-kind cumulatively valued at $100,000 or more.
To symbolize GIA’s appreciation for these gifts, medallions designed and created by renowned designer and GIA graduate Henry Dunay of Henry Dunay Designs Inc. were given to each inductee.
“People give to GIA in many different ways. Some give from their monetary resources; some give of their time. But many others give gifts-in-kind—pieces from their collections or items from their inventory that help perpetuate our nonprofit public service mission in Education and Research,” said GIA President William E. Boyajian. “It is important to recognize all gifts to GIA, thus the reason for our first-ever Circle of Honor event. We want them to know that we place huge importance and value on their dedication and gifts.”
Those honored were: Daniel and Bo Banks, Banks International Gemology Inc.; Alan R. Bell, The Bell Group Rio Grande; K.C. Bell, KCB Natural Pearls; Nancy E. Brewer, Nancy B & Company; Thomas H. Chatham, Chatham Created Gems Inc.; PierLuigi Dalla Rovere, Off S.P.A.; John Goldman, Aurafin Oro America; William and Jeanne Larson, Pala International; Chessy, Gina and Renee Latendresse, American Pearl Company; Kurt Nassau, Nassau Consultants; Judith A. Osmer, J.O. Crystal Company Inc.; James and Venetia Peach, United States Pearl Co.; John and Laura Ramsey, Ramsey Gem Imports Inc; Art Sexauer; Ambaji Shinde; Stephen and Eileen Silver, S.H. Silver Company; Helmut Swarovski, D. Swarovski & Co.; Velma Touraine, Touraine Family Trust; Andrea Turcato, Vicenza Trade Fair; and Zvi and Rachel Wertheimer, JewelAmerica Inc.