Gemstone collection donated to Adam State Art Dept.

(01-13-2015)

Adams State University art students will be able to add more bling to their jewelry creations, thanks to Jim Miles and Claudia "Curtis" Ramsay, who donated a collection of gemstones valued at more than $60,000 for student use. This was the Boulder couple's second such donation to Adams State; the first was valued at $70,000.

Adams State President David Svaldi (left) and Professor of Art Dana Provence (right) with a portion of the gemstones donated to the Art Department by Jim Miles and Claudia "Curtis" Ramsay (center).

"These gifts have created a flurry of excitement and interest for the jewelry program and students. The two sizable collections represent a wealth of diversity in types of gemstones and variety of cuts," Provence said. "Students will benefit for years to come. They will be able to reference the collection and design original body art to include one or more of these gemstones. It is a fabulous opportunity created by these generous donors."

Miles, who once worked as a gem wholesaler, chose Adams State for the donation upon the recommendation of a friend who had taken a jewelry class with Provence several years ago.

Art Professor Dana Provence created the sterling silver "Clothespin Ring", featuring a stone from the Miles/Ramsay collection, to demonstrate alternative settings.

By Julie Waechter