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Columbia Gem House Announces Jewelry for Wildlife Fundraiser

Raffle tickets and design challenge voting will be available starting October 1st.




Columbia Gem House Announces Jewelry for Wildlife Fundraiser

(PRESS RELEASE) As the pioneering brand in responsible sourcing of colored gems, Columbia Gem House will be the first to tell you of the many elements in the supply chain that make up responsible sourcing. One of which is the environment, and the wildlife inhabiting it, in the places where our gems are produced.

Coming October 2023, Columbia Gem House (CGH) and non-profit partner CRRIFS will launch the Jewelry for Wildlife Fundraiser supporting wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and research along the Sonoran Coast of Mexico. CRRIFS supports the health and wellbeing of the wildlife relying on the same ecosystem as Cortez Pearl oysters; Cortez Pearls being one of the featured gems in this year’s project.

100% of the raffle ticket sales will be donated to CRRIFS in support of their 2024 goal of building a saltwater tank for sea turtle rehabilitation.


CRRIFS is a non-profit organization committed to the protection and conservation of the native wildlife of Mexico. The group is responsible for a variety of programs ranging from rescue and rehabilitation of marine and terrestrial wildlife, to training local authorities and communities, involving fishermen, as well as sea turtle conservation through protecting nesting areas and incubating then releasing baby turtles within the region of Guaymas and San Carlos along the Sea of Cortez.

Participating Designers
In conjunction with the 2023 MJSA Responsibly Sourced Design Challenge, participating designers were invited to physically create their pieces using responsibly sourced colored gems donated by Columbia Gem House. The following designers were selected to participate out of dozens of submitted applications.

  • Amelia Mickelsen of Amelia Ray Jewelry
  • Andres Cardenas-Whorton of Nobles Metales
  • Claudia Gutsch of Goldammer Jewelry
  • Hannah Smythe of Toast Fine Jewelry
  • Kindred Lubeck of Jewels by Lubeck
  • Liz Stefany of Carrabassett Valley Jewelry
  • Megan Cochran of Megan Cochran Jewelry
  • Olivia Shih of Olivia Shih Designs
  • Stephanie Maslow Blackman of Metalicious Jewelry

Mark Your Calendar for October 1st.
Raffle tickets and design challenge voting will be available starting October 1st, 2023.


Raffle Tickets: Columbia Gem House Jewelry for Wildlife Fundraiser
Voting: MJSA 2023 Design Challenge

You can sign up for email notifications, where all fundraiser updates will be shared here.



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