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D. Sarros Gems Limited Donates Fine Gemstones to Museums

D. Sarros Gems Limited, a wholesale dealer of fine gemstones, has donated a selection of fine gemstones to two different U.S. museums. A 46.16ct. barrel-cut Peridot was presented to the National Museum in Washington D.C. and six tourmalines were donated to the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The gems were donated in memory of Mark P. Herschede Jr., a Graduate Gemologist, renowned gemstone dealer and collector who died in June, 2006. Herschede was born in Cincinnati and was the owner of Turmali & Herschede, Inc. in Sanibel, Florida.

D. Sarros Gems recently acquired the gemstone inventory from the Mark P. Herschede, Jr. estate.

"The stones are exquisite and most are of the finest quality" said David Villwock, co-owner of D. Sarros Gems. "We have heard many stories about the collection, and canít help but wonder what the stones themselves would say if only they could talk."

Co-owner, Daniel Sarros, explained the reason behind the memorial donation to the Cincinnati Museum: "Mark was a driving force behind the marketing and sale of Chrome Tourmaline in this country. Markís appreciation of color was reflected throughout his inventory and collection. The tourmalines donated to the Cincinnati Museum Center will allow his legacy and passion to be shared with many generations to come. Considering the quantity and quality of the tourmalines we have, we knew that we had to donate some to his home town museum."

The gems going to the Cincinnati Museum Center include a 5.58ct fantasy cut carved green tourmaline, a 14.06ct oval cut light green tourmaline, a 2.12ct fancy-cut chrome tourmaline, a 3.54ct slanted square cut bi-color tourmaline, a 11.51ct emerald cut indicolite (blue tourmaline) and a 7.75ct marquise shape rubellite (red tourmaline).

Attendees of the 2010 American Gem Trade Association (A.G.T.A) Gemfair in Tucson, AZ, being held February 2-7, will be able to view the 46.16ct Peridot at the Smithsonian Institution exhibit, located at Booth 1800.


D. Sarros Gems Limited is a wholesale supplier of quality precious and semi-precious gemstones in a wide range of colors, cuts, and sizes.


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