All-American Stones Get the Star Treatment at Patria Gems

Emily Segalini, owner of Patria Gems, traveled as far as Afghanistan, where she served the U.S. government on a lengthy tour, to discover a passion for American gemstones. Today, her online shop is the go-to source for finished jewelry and loose gems ­featuring all-American specialty cut stones such as Montana sapphires, Oregon sunstone, Arizona ­peridot, and more. “Patria is the root of both patriot and ­patrimony, and those two concepts—the love of one’s country and the inheritance from one’s forebears—are really central to my mission for the company,” Segalini explains. “That’s why we are so dedicated to American products and to continuing support for the American gem industry.”Gemology was not your first career. How did you get interested in stone hunting? My passion for gemology really started in the bazaars of Kabul, where I was exposed to an overwhelming varie

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