CHAMPAIGN — To help support the Public Art League, Christopher's Fine Jewelry Design will donate to the league $15 for every league supporter who attends its Gemshow Roundtable at 6 p.m. Thursday or Friday or1 p.m. Saturday.
At a roundtable, gem dealers show off their collections in a cocktail-party setting at Christopher's, 124 N. Neil St. C.
This weekend, Gem 2000 will bring more than 200 colored, faceted gemstones, including some of Glenn Lehrer's carved stones.
Guests will be escorted to the gem room, where the table will be set with flowers, finger foods and wine. Each stone will be passed around the table, allowing guests to handle each.
At the end, guests will have the opportunity to purchase stones directly from the dealer, and Christopher's can do a sketch to show how the stones might be incorporated into custom-made jewelry.
There is no pressure to buy, according to a news release from the Public Art League.
"The only expectation is that you have fun. However, if you do fall in love with one and decide to purchase, Christopher's will donate 10 percent of all Gemshow purchases made by Public Art League supporters to the Public Art League," reads its release.
The cost to attend the roundtable is $15; reservations are required. Call the store at 352-2415 to RSVP and tell them if you are a supporter of the Public Art League, a private group that works to have sculptures leased for public display in Champaign and Urbana.