Brazilian Gem Dealer Arthur Soares Dies

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Arthur de Melo Soares, a rising 27-year-old Brazilian gem dealer who handled sales at family company ArtOuro Gems, died July 3 in a traffic accident, according to the International Colored Gemstone Association and local press reports.

Soares was the son of Marcelo Soares and Maria Vitoria Melo, the co-founders of Marcelo Gemas, a company that later became ArtOuro  Gems. 

Arthur Soares headed sales at the company and was planning on becoming company chair, according to the ICA, which says his mother and his sister Manuela will now run the company.

“The ICA and its members pass their deepest condolences to his family and friends,” the group said in its newsletter.

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