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Documentary follows path of gems from African mines to final cut

GENEVA – State Street Jewelers in Geneva will host a documentary film, “Sharing the Rough,” at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, the company announced in a news release.

Filmmaker Orin Mazzoni takes viewers behind the scenes into the world of colored gemstones and the fascinating paths they travel from mine to market, the release stated.

From discovery by East African miners to being shaped by master gem-cutter Roger Dery, the film follows the love and passion of all involved, the release stated.

Jeff Hampton of State Street Jewelers participated in a gem safari in August with Dery, traveling to several mines in Africa and buying rough gemstones directly from the miners, the release stated.

The travelers also visited an orphanage that the Devon Foundation supports and where they were able to visit the children, the release stated.

The money raised during this trip will feed them for a year. The proceeds from the film ticket sales – $10 per person – will benefit the Devon Foundation to support both the school and the orphanage, the release stated.

The Devon Foundation also supports a cutting school so that local residents can learn to cut gemstones, thus helping the economy, the release stated.

In addition to the Devon Foundation, the proceeds will be shared with a local charity, the release stated.

Each $10 ticket-holder will receive one drink ticket; popcorn will be served, the release stated.

After the film, the audience will have a question-and-answer session with Dery, the release stated.

To buy tickets, call 630-232-2085, go to State Street Jewelers, 230 W. State St., Geneva, or visit www.oshows.com.

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