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Mikesell's Parle Mint Garnet

A mint garnet (above), part of the Parlé "Sharing the Rough" collection, is displayed in its final cut and setting alongside two displays of the rough gemstone at Mikesell's Fine Jewelry in Hamilton. Mikesell's will be showing the Sharing the Rough documentary, which chronicles a gemstone's journey — like the mint garnet — from its sustainable mine in East Africa to its creation into an heirloom, on Friday and Saturday. 

HAMILTON — Mikesell's Fine Jewelry in Hamilton is hosting a two-day open house and trunk show starting Friday alongside the Hamilton Downtown Association's Culture Crawl where the store will showcase over 60 pieces from its Parlé "Sharing the Rough" collection, inspired by a documentary of the same name.

The award-winning film, which details the journey of a gemstone from an East African mine to its final setting, will be shown at Mikesell's Friday and Saturday alongside pieces from the collection as well as some of the unfinished stones. Patrons will be able to see the stones in their raw form as well as purchase the pieces that come from the mine in the documentary.

"You get to see the entire process of how jewelry is made. ...It’s very unique for this industry to share that information," Mikesell's store manager Susan Wetzsteon said. "...We thought it’d be a great opportunity to fit it in with the culture crawl; jewelry is art."

So, too, is the documentary that chronicles both the life of a gemstone and the people that bring the jewelry to life.

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According to Susan, "Sharing the Rough" tells the story of a gemstone from the hands of the miners who bring these treasures to the surface, to the gem cutter, who breathes life into the rough stone, to the designer who accentuates the beauty of the gem through precious metals.

Parlé gems, a Pocatello, Idaho, company that Mikesell's has had a long relationship with, owns the mines and manufactures the jewelry. The mines are sustainable and proceeds from the collection go to the Devon Foundation, a nonprofit that both provides gem cutting scholarships to men and women in East Africa as well as school lunches to the community where the mines are located.

"It provides funding for the schooling of the children and advanced education for the miners so they can become gem cutters," Wetzsteon said. "It's just a really good story."

That story will be told all day Friday and Saturday at Mikesell's.

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