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Award Winning Tourmaline Heads to Smithsonian

Date Posted: March 5, 2013

The Smithsonian museum in Washington is adding a 14.24-carat Nigerian red tourmaline cut by Past President and Port Moody resident Lisa Elser to its permanent collection.

Cut in a design created by Tom Schlegel, the tourmaline was presented to Jeffrey Post, curator of the Smithsonianís National Gem and Mineral Collection, during the 2013 American Gem Trade Associationís (AGTA) GemFair in Tucson in February.

The tourmaline was a winner in last yearís AGTA Spectrum Awards.

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