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Buckle Up; It's Going to Be a Bumpy Ride...

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Buckle Up; It's Going to Be a Bumpy Ride...

COVID-19 and the International Gem Business As the world continues to be on pause, I’ve checked in with everyone overseas to find out how my vendors and friends are doing.  My What’s App is constantly chirping with news from everywhere as people are home, bored and facing an uncertain future as gems are, after all, a luxury product.  Here’s the summary: Africa Antsirabe, Madagascar. Everyone is under stay at home orders. As my friend and supplier Gael put it to me: “All things stop. No customer, no work!! Very hard.” He’s also devastated because he had a sponsor to take...

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Travel or Not? Possible Plans and Some Corona Induced Industry Challenges

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Travel or Not?  Possible Plans and Some Corona Induced Industry Challenges

  Ring Featuring Colombian Emerald from Chivor So this was supposed to be a blog about my upcoming trip to Colombia.  And it largely is, but there are now some obvious qualifiers.  The flight is booked, paid for, Colombia is not on any list for travel caution, but things seem to change every day.  Pendant Featuring Colombian Emerald from Chivor If I do go, I will leave on April 2nd and will be back on the 13th.  There will be a buying weekend in Bogota, then a trip to Muzo and this time hopefully Consquez, after that Chivor.  My focus...

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