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AGS Conclave: Supporting artisanal gem miners

Miami--ICA member and former ICA vice president, Edward Boehm, G.G., C.G., presented “From Mine to Market” at AGS Conclave, sharing with the audience his experience and knowledge of ruby and spinel mines in Myanmar, Tanzania and other overseas gem-producing countries. There are 47 primary colored gemstone producing countries in the world, Boehm said, with 80 percent of all colored gemstones coming from artisanal small-scale mining operations. Ninety percent of these operations are located in developing and emerging countries, coming with unique problems and providing opportunities for industry assistance--safer working conditions, sustainability and others. “A lot of these opportunities will be coming up soon,” Boehm said. “The best way to help is indirect means--education, water, teaching environmental sustainability.”

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