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From One Family Business To Another; Brazilian Gemstone Experts Bring the Mines to Kansas

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS- Philip & Tamara Voetsch welcomes a Brazilian family with a long history in the gemstone business to the store Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 12:00 -7:00 to speak about and exhibit their craft. All are welcome to this free, one-day only, in-store event where attendees will have the rare opportunity to view and purchase a selection of over 5,000 gemstones direct from Brazil Gem Source.


Imperial Topaz tourmaline emerald

For more than 50 years, the Fernandes family has visited the Sao Jose Batalha Paraiba, Pederneira, Araçuaí, Parreiras, Baralha, Cruzeiro, Santa Maria, Malacaxeta, Nova Era, Rodrigo Silva, and Brejinho mines in their home country of Brazil. In the mines, the family hand-selects precious stones that are then sold to goldsmiths and jewelers across the United States.

Philip and Tamara Voetsch have worked with this talented family since 1991, and are very pleased to host this special event. “This family works with some of the finest designers in the U.S. and are extremely respected in the industry.”Imperial Topaz

Rare cuts, shapes, and varieties of gems, including Imperial Topaz, found only in one mine in the world (the Santa Maria Mine Aquamarines) will be on display for the whole day at Jewelry By Design. This will be a great opportunity for customers to learn more about gemstones, where they come from, how they are cut, and what makes them so special.

Paraiba TourmalineAccording to Marcelo Fernandes and Adriana Giffoni Medrado, a jewelry designer, their father, Jose Medrado Fernandes, founded the family-fun company in 1969. Marcelo comments on the gemstone process, “When we visit the mines, we pick stones that are all cut by my father, my brother Raphael, and myself.”

Their collections include paraiba tourmaline, pink and green tourmalines, watermelon tourmaline and slices, rubilite, indicolite, aquamarine, kunzite, morganite, top quality emeralds, color-changing alexandrite, blue topaz, amethyst, citrine, rutilated and smoky quartz, and much more.

Jose Fernandes said the public is invited to stop in and learn more about the various stones, the cutting processes, and the mines. No appointments are necessary, however a shopping list for unique gifts is recommended!