Giving Back, Transforming Lives

The most stunning aspect of the gorgeous gemstones Roger works with is the power they have to transform the lives of the people who find them. Mining is not easy, yet all around the world, miners delve persistently into the heart of the earth in search of gemstones. We conduct our business in a way that keeps a greater share of the proceeds from gemstone sales in the hands of the people who do the actual digging.

Dealing directly with the miners and their chosen agents keeps more of the wealth in the countries and communities where the gems come from. Buying gems this way means communities have more funds for schools, infrastructure like wells and improved roads, and investments in developing and growing the local economy.



Gem Legacy, the 501(c)3 nonprofit philanthropic partner of Roger Dery Gem Design, was founded in 2018 based on the mission and goals Roger and his family have been dedicating themselves to for nearly 40 years. Gem Legacy supports education, vocational training, and local economies in East African mining communities while seeking to call others to the task alongside the founders. Their vision is that every gem purchased should leave a legacy in its source community of hope, success, and change.


Gemstone Faceting Education

For more than twenty years, Roger has been focused on advancing local gemological education. In 2018, he created Gem Legacy to make more education possible. Finished, cut gems command higher prices than rough stones. Training local gem cutters means more money will flow into the community, strengthening the economy and improving lives. Roger’s dedication to forwarding local gemological education began by launching a gemstone faceting school in Namibia in 1999. Currently, we’re working on a project to launch the very first gemological and gemstone faceting school in Southern Kenya. A portion of each gem sale supports education in Africa through Gem Legacy.

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Retail jewelers can join Roger and Ginger as they travel around the world in search of gemstones.

Trips are arranged several times a year to carefully selected destinations in Africa. These trips are not your typical tourist adventure! Designed for the serious gemstone enthusiast, the itinerary focuses on acquiring fine gemstone rough at its source, meeting the miners and gemstone professionals involved in the trade, and learning about the local community and culture.

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