Legendary New York City gem dealer Joe Menzie (pictured) has been appointed the North American ambassador for Gembridge, the new business-to-business trading platform for colored stones.
He will be joined by two other well-known gem names: Edward Boehm, owner of RareSource, based in Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Evan Caplan, head of Los Angeles–based Evan Caplan Rare and Fine Gems.
Menzie, the former president of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA), talked about his long career in the jewelry industry on JCK’s podcast, The Jewelry District, in 2019.
In addition, Gembridge has hired Ioannis Alexandris, CEO of Gemolithos, an antique jeweler and gemstones supplier, to beef up its business in Germany.
Alexandris is a director and communications committee chair of ICA and the author of Antique Jewelry 1800–1939.
Founded by Nick Marrett, who also serves as CEO, Singapore-based Gembridge allows gems to be bought, sold, and consigned online, using an insured service for delivery. Its members must strictly adhere with know-your-customer and anti-money-laundering guidelines.
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