Silver Donates $100,000 to GIA

Estate-jewelry collector Stephen H. Silver, G.G., and his wife, Eileen, have contributed $100,000 to the Gemological Institute of America to support the Institute's museum and education programs. The majority of the gift—$75,000—will go to the Museum Endowment Fund, marking its first significant financial contribution. Once the fund reaches its goal, GIA's board of governors will designate a portion of the interest earned to acquire rare jewelry and mineral specimens for display. The Silvers' donation comes on the heels of the company's recent loan of the Cullinan Blue Diamond necklace to GIA for display. The piece contains four principal rare blue diamonds, which weigh 2.60, 0.75, 0.73, and 0.42 cts. It's the same necklace that Thomas Cullinan, then-chairman of the Premier Diamond Mine, presented to his wife in 1905 to commemorate the gift of the 3,106-ct. Cullinan diamond to En
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