August 25, 2016
Orchidians –

Since I introduced myself back at the beginning of the summer, our team has been hard at work on re-launching Ganoksin and Orchid. It is no small task – this is a very large website and the Orchid archives are simply enormous. But I am glad to have undertaken this work! And now, within the next 30 days, I am hoping to launch “Version 1” of the project to revamp and improve Ganoksin and Orchid.

My goals for “version 1” of the Ganoksin and Orchid re-work were as follows;

1) Move Orchid to a web-based forum software that is easy to use from both your mobile phone and your computer. Move Ganoksin to a new web framework so that is fast, usable, and well-organized.

2) Import all 20+ years of archives into a topic-driven searchable format, so that you can search this wealth of information by topic right within Orchid

3) Manually edit all of our articles, categorize them and re-scan almost 1,000 poor quality images on

4) Move Benchtube and our video library to a new and fast host

5) Remove all external advertisements by Google Adsense to clean up the formatting of all of our pages, focus on Sponsorship revenue from relevant advertisers and member-supporters.

So far, so good! We are on schedule, and over-budget, but having fun and getting excited.

I must say – I am even more impressed by this community now that I’ve had the opportunity to see all of the amazing discussions that have happened over 20 years!

I’ll follow up now with more frequent updates and specifics as launch time approaches, including how to claim your spot on the new version of Orchid.

I also would request your patience and support as we work through all of the inevitable kinks associated post-launch. There will be some bumps, and many opportunities to improve the features and functionality of both Ganoksin and Orchid in Version 2. A website is never done, but I am here for the long haul and I look forward to putting forward an amazing resource for all of you.

Seth Rosen

May 16, 2016
Seth Rosen, from the International Gem Society ( has
taken over Ganoksin and it’s operations.


It is with great excitement that I announce a new chapter in the
future of The Ganoksin Project.

Seth Rosen, from the International Gem Society ( has
taken over Ganoksin and it’s operations. Seth brings a rare
combination – a true passion for the jewelry arts, and online
technical expertise and he is deeply committed to preserving the
Ganoksin spirit, and assuring that the archived knowledge and orchid
community will remain available for the next generation of jewelers
and metalsmiths.

In the 20 years I have operated Ganoksin and Orchid, Ganoksin has
grown to serve over a million people every year, and we host over
250,000 articles. We have reached a point that it takes a dedicated
team of professional to assure Ganoksin remains the largest resources
and community of bench jewelers and jewelry manufacturers in the

Seth and the new team of engineers are already in the work to build
a new platform for the Ganoksin website and the Orchid community.

I will be sticking around for quite a while to help Seth and the
team make this transition and we will be counting on you, our loyal
community members, to provide us feedback on what works and what

Charles Lewton-Brain said: We are very excited to work together
with IGS and Seth Rosen on the Ganoksin project. His commitment to
maintain and grow the site is wonderul

Seth Rosen said: I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to
take over the day-to-day of Ganoksin from Hanuman. The Orchid
community and the Ganoksin archives are a very special thing, and I
look forward to working with all of you to continually improve this
amazing resource.

So – this is most certainly not a goodbye, but rather a toast to an
even brighter future.

For additional information, contact
Seth Rosen
The Ganoksin Project / International Gem Society (

Founder, The Ganoksin Project