Jeweler Donates Gems to Tech School

When jeweler Robert Kaniss of St. Petersburg, Fla., decided to do some housecleaning, the students at Pinellas Technical Education Center became the lucky beneficiaries of his efforts. His jewelry store, in business since 1925, had amassed a collection of gemstones spanning 50 years, which he donated to the school for use in its jewelry program. The collection is worth more than $6,000. Students will use the donated gems to learn stone setting and identification and will be able to purchase them for their own jewelry creations. The school's two-year jewelry program, in which 20 day students and 10 evening students are enrolled, teaches coursework in jewelry repair and fabrication, manufacturing, and lapidary arts. About 15 students—both in high school and post-high school—graduate from the vocational program each year, says Kaniss, and most go to work in jewelry stores or other jew
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