Navajo Relief Auction

Create With Purpose

‘Create with purpose’ is a concept Columbia Gem House has always supported. Over the last few decades, we have trialed different projects to feed this concept in the jewelry industry, but are excited to introduce our first ever fundraising auction, in partnership with MJSA, to support our Navajo Partners and Community through inspired jewelry design.

Please join us in raising funds for the Navajo Nation - may the best bid win!

About The Navajo Nation Relief Auction

In support of consciously designed jewelry, Columbia Gem House first began sponsoring the MJSA Design Challenge in 2019. This idea inspired a new twist in this year's competition: An online auction to raise funds for the community in which some of the design materials were sourced from. The 2021 Design Challenge submissions are now the centerpiece of this year's auction.

Supporting the mining communities we work with is very important to us at Columbia Gem house. Our Owner and President, Eric Braunwart, began working with our Navajo Partners nearly a decade ago and after Covid-19 hit, the Navajo Community suffered severe hardships. We wanted to help in any way we could, thus the Navajo Relief Auction was born.

In an extension to the Design Challenge, we donated materials to each participant to bring their designs to life. Donated materials included a small weight of silver, and varying stones as optional use in the design. These included Anthill Garnet from Navajo Land, Peridot from the San Carlos Apache Reservation, and Turquoise from the surrounding region.


A sincere thank you to the participating designers, MJSA, and to all of you who vote, bid, share, or just simply read in support of raising funds for the Navajo Nation Community.

Auction Begins November 1st

Bidding will begin Monday, November 1st and close on Sunday, November 7th at 11:59PM.

All funds raised will go toward Navajo Nation replenishment after the community hardships during the peak of Covid-19.

2021 Responsibly Sourced Design Challenge

The MJSA Design Challenge annually present six designers with a fictional story and a selection of responsibly sourced gemstones (courtesy of project sponsor, Columbia Gem House).

The challenge: to render a piece of custom jewelry based on that story and incorporating the gemstones.

Now that all six designs have been posted, it's your turn to pick the winner! Voting open through October 31st.

Click here to cast for your vote for the winning design.