The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) held its first Circle of Honor Dinner at the Institute’s world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., in May 2003. 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 presented to the inductees.
Honorees included 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 Turcata, Vicenza Trade Fair; and Zvi and Rachel Wertheimer, JewelAmerica Inc.