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AGTA GemFair Tucson sees increase in buyers
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The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) reports that the 2010 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson had an increase in buyer traffic over the 2009 show. A total of 8176 registered buyers attended the event, a 7 percent increase over last year. The show was held Feb. 2-7 at the Tucson Convention Center. "We were encouraged to see an increase in the number of buyers at GemFair and the enthusiasm they brought to the show floor," stated Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. "We had steady traffic each day of the show and the buyers were serious about restocking their inventory in a wide variety of gemstones and pearls in all price points." More



American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ sees good buyer interest
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The American Gem Trade Association GemFair™, which concentrates on exhibition and sales of colored gemstones, has received a good response of walk-ins and buyer interest this year. The economic slowdown which hit the global economy seems to be fading out, and the show is welcoming the forever regular buyers, a return of buyers who had stayed away in the slowdown - and also a set of new buyers. More

February birthstone: Amethyst
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Originally mined in the Ural Mountains in Russia, this beautiful reddish purple stone was traded throughout Europe. Found in excavated grave sites the amethyst crystal was collected and treasured by many different tribes for its mystical qualities. The oldest crystal object found dates to 7500 B.C. in the areas of France, Switzerland and Spain. Egyptian amethyst beads and amulets were discovered in tombs and dates to 3100 B.C. More


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CIBJO to introduce, ratify emerald guide
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During its meeting, the Colored Stone Commission of the CIBJO will introduce and ratify the Emerald Guide, while recommending modification of its Ruby and Sapphire guides. In the Ruby Guide, by adding Mozambique to the list of known mining localities and in the Sapphire Guide, it plans to add a qualifier that states: "Sapphires come in all colors of the rainbow except red." More

A step-by-step look at how a colored diamond is cut
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Nature gives us the wonder of a diamond, but it is the cutter's skill that turns that gem into an object of beauty and desire. One part mathematical calculation, one part art and one part experience, the diamond cutter's talent brings out the best in a rough stone. When cutting a white diamond, the goal is to bring out the clarity, make it colorless and give it the greatest sparkle with the most weight retention. The rules change when cutting a fancy color diamond. More




GIA obtains counterfeit grading report out of Hong Kong
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The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) responded to the discovery of a counterfeit GIA report in Hong Kong that has been traced back to Antwerp. The bogus document resembles an authentic GIA report. It has been taken out of circulation and is in GIA's possession. GIA is diligently working behind the scenes to obtain more information concerning this report and its origin. More

Top U.S. department stores report increase in jewelry sales
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Three of the U.S.'s leading department store chains - Neiman Marcus, Saks and JCPenny - have posted their January sales results. While the results reflected varying outcomes for the three chains, one area was unanimously high: jewelry. More

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JCPenney launching 'One Kiss by Cindy Crawford' jewelry line
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Is there anything Cindy Crawford can't do? Fresh off the successful launch of her home collection at JCPenney, the department store chain is now launching a line of fine jewelry with the supermodel. "One Kiss by Cindy Crawford," inspired by a henna symbol which means "kiss," will be available starting in April. More

What is marcasite?
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Black gems have been adding an interesting edge to jewelry design for the past couple of years. From black diamonds to onyx and ebony, there is one thing we know for sure - they are sure to match 90 percent of every woman's wardrobe. The latest black beauty to join the dark gemstone trend is marcasite, an obvious choice for the times since it is one of the world's most inexpensive gems. More
 


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