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Gem Legacy Announces Advisory Board Members

Wednesday, January 9, 2019  
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Gem LegacyRetail jeweler, marketing CEO, and designer jewelry influencer will advise.

Gem Legacy, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to gem mining communities, is announcing its Advisory Board, whose members will advise the Executive Director on communications, public relations, and initiative planning.

Christina Clover, the brainchild of the gem-focused nonprofit, has traveled to East Africa twice and promotes Gem Legacy through her family-owned retail jewelry store, Field’s Jewelers in Redding, California. Monica Stephenson, founder of iDazzle and Anza Gems, has traveled to East Africa eleven times and has partnered in several of Gem Legacy’s initiatives. Ben Smithee, CEO of The Smithee Group and advisor to many in the jewelry industry, is passionate about sharing the story of gems and jewelry and providing his experience in the nonprofit world.

“We’ve selected people to surround my family who are well-versed in the jewelry industry, the nonprofit world, and the needs of those in the gem mining communities of East Africa,” said Roger Dery, Executive Director of Gem Legacy, Inc. “We are thankful to have people working alongside us who are passionate, driven, and determined. With them driving the mission of Gem Legacy, we believe our desire to see gems change the world, one family at a time, will come to fruition.”

For more information or to donate, please email or visit To learn more, follow Gem Legacy on Instagram @thegemlegacy and on Facebook @thegemlegacy.


Mission Statement

The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.

AGS Laboratories, founded to support the AGS mission, is a nonprofit diamond grading laboratory with a mission of consumer protection. Adhering to the AGS Diamond Grading Standards, AGS Laboratories is dedicated to offering diamond grading reports that provide consistency and accuracy based on science.

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