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New AGTA online source directory launches
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The AGTA has developed a new, searchable, web-based Source Directory that will make it easier for buyers to find AGTA Members and their products online. The site will include all of the pertinent contact information and product listings from the printed AGTA Source Directory. More

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GemJammin' Tucson 2011 comeback date set
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The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is pleased to announce the return of GemJammin' in conjunction with the 2011 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson. Back by popular demand, this open-to-all trade professionals music jam, is a benefit for Jewelers For Children. The event will be held at The Hut on February 3, 2011, from 8 p.m. to the last lingering note fades in the early morning hours. Participation and attendance is open to all members of the gem, mineral and jewelry industries. More

A quest to regain the world's largest emerald
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The precious stone weighs 840 pounds, or 180,000 carats, if you were thinking of polishing it and putting it on your finger. It has been appraised for as much as $925 million, and sold for as little as $60,000. But how do you put a price on misery? Which, as we know, loves company, and there has been plenty of both as a curious confederation of self-trained "mining entrepreneurs," "emeraldologists" and serial litigators have attempted to possess what is thought to be the world's largest emerald. At one point, even Hurricane Katrina tried to claim the green monster known as the Bahia Emerald. More

Fall 2010 cosmetic color trends
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Every year, the vivid and intense glories of summer — sand-encrusted flip flops, capris, cold drinks on hot days—give way to the more subtle, comforting joys of fall. Calmer, more subdued enjoyments — cozy sweaters, campfires, the crunch of leaves under leather shoes, the crispness of cooler air coming in through open windows — act as a kind transition between the intense seasons of summer and winter. Fall cosmetic colors serve the same purpose, helping clients shift from summer sensations to deeper, richer colors and a new season. More

Gemstone carvings on display in Orange County, Calif., museum
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The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California is showcasing "Gemstone Carvings: The Masterworks of Harold Van Pelt." Harold Van Pelt has created delicate carvings out of quartz, agate and other stones, a pastime he's had for 40 years but rarely showcased. Van Pelt and his wife Erica have a long history with the museum and photographed two gem show catalogs for the museum. The exhibit is the first in the Bowers' new PIMCO Foundation Gallery. More


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How millennials' sharing habits can benefit organizations
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The Pew Internet and American Life Project recently asked a large group of experts if they thought Millennials would grow out of their currently strong penchant for online sharing and self-revelation. A strong majority of this group — 67 percent — said that this would not be the case, and that Generation Y would keep sharing as it aged. More

Rio Tinto's pink diamonds tender starts, goes to China
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Rio Tinto's annual Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender is starting to do the rounds, and is on view to invited traders and diamond investors in Perth. This year's tender includes 55 pink diamonds. A highlight of the 2010 collection is a 2.02 carat round brilliant fancy vivid purplish pink diamond. Inspired by the Tender collection’s theme of "Earth Magic," Argyle Mystra, is expected to "captivate bidders with its color saturation and purplish hues," according to the company. More

The importance of social media in B2B marketing
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It's obvious that social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook have a certain level of staying power when it comes to the world of business to consumer marketing, but what about business to business marketing? Some recent findings about the latter may surprise you. One of the greatest things about social media platforms is that they're simple to understand and easy to use. However, marketers continue to struggle with finding ways to monetize them. And when we say "marketers," we really mean that in the broadest sense. More

Black diamond jewelry: The great beauty and story within
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So what exactly are black diamonds? Black diamonds are real, natural diamonds that look black or dark grey. Although some do not find the gem very attractive, they could look splendid as black diamond earrings or black diamond necklaces. Once you have matched them well with fashionable clothing, they should be perfect for an elegant look that gives off a touch of mysticism. More


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Understanding opals at their origin
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Shrouded in mystery, the undulating color schemes of natural opal lends it to stories woven in ancient intrigue. This natural gemstone with its many varieties needs little intervention by man to wow the connoisseur. Early inhabitants of Australia, the aborigines, tell of the Creator descending to earth on a rainbow bringing a message of peace to all mankind. The very spot where his foot alighted became infused with rainbows hues — and thus opals were born. More

NRF: US retail outlook 'murky' despite resilient July sales
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U.S. retail industry sales for July increased 3.1 percent unadjusted year-over-year yet declined 0.2 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). July retail sales released by the U.S. Commerce Department show total retail sales increased 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted from the previous month and increased 5.4 percent unadjusted year-over-year. More

Smartphones look to replace plastic as payment
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Okay, so the gas-powered car killed the horse and buggy as a mode of transportation. Video apparently killed the radio star. So what's next to go? According to a Bloomberg report, plastic credit and debit cards may be doomed by smartphones. As it turns out, a number of wireless carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, along with Discover Financial Services and Barclays, have formed a partnership and are testing a system in four U.S. cities that allows consumers to pay for purchases with a wave of their smartphones. More
 


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