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Last chance for Spectrum Awards™ entries: Oct. 5 in NYC
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Tuesday, Oct. 5, is the last opportunity for jewelry designers and gemstone cutters to enter their jewelry and gemstones in the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition. Jewelry and gemstones can be dropped off in person in New York City at the offices of Intercolor USA at 48 W. 48th St., Suite 800, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jewelry designs are judged in five categories: Bridal, Evening, Classical, Business/Day Wear and Men's. Additional awards are given for Manufacturing Honors in each category, along with awards for Best Use of Pearl, Fashion Forward, Best Use of Color and Best of Show. More

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JIC launches Gems Among Us contest
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More than 120 Jewelers of America retail members have signed up to be participating retailers of the essay contest, Gems Among Us. Jewelry Information Center, the consumer education arm of JA, launched the contest Sept. 13. Contestants are requested to submit essays recognizing the individuals who make our world a better place. The Contest provides a marketing platform to JA member retailers in the run-up to Thanksgiving and the holiday shopping period, JIC said. Sponsors of the Gems Among Us contest also include AGTA and Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company. More

Let FedEx Office deliver your holidays
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Rely on the pros to make your season run more smoothly. FedEx Office offers a wide range of products and services to help you manage this busy time of year. Pack and ship: Whether you're sending gifts to clients and partners or friends and family, FedEx can get it all there safely. And quickly, too: FedEx Ground® is faster to more locations than UPS Ground. You also will get a great price. Packing services start at just $4.99. More

Luxury retailers: Listen up
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As summer draws to a close, consumers and luxury retailers alike will begin to shift their focus toward Black Friday and the rapidly approaching holiday season. According to a recent report by Javelin Strategy & Research, e-commerce is on the rise with a projected $237 billion being spent in the U.S. alone on retail purchases made online. This is up from the $207 billion spent in 2009 and only will continue to rise during next few years. This holiday season, luxury retailers should look to offer a catered online shopping experience to their customers. More


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Need a social media strategy? Make like a dragonfly
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As the young and technologically adept member of your team, you've been charged with coming up with a social media strategy. Sure, you know how to keep your friends entertained on Facebook, but this is a task of a whole different order. Whether your company sells socks or financial services, how can you create a buzz for your products and ensure your message gets forwarded around the Web? More

Laura Parker: Color-changing sapphires — A love story
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Sapphires aren't just the blingy blue bauble often likened to the color of Elizabeth Taylor's eyes — they're crazy chameleons that wear a coat of many colors. While deep blue is certainly what most of us think of when it comes September's birthstone, the gem also comes in a rainbow of hues from pink and green to yellow and red (also known as a ruby). Cool, right? But sapphires have a special shade that I recently discovered, and it's downright drool-worthy: the color-changing sapphire. More

US museum acquires work of Taiwanese jewelry artist
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A gem-encrusted butterfly brooch created by Taiwanese jewelry artist Cindy Chao has been acquired by the U.S. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, making it the first work by an Asian artist to be part of the collection in the museum's 164-year history. It remains uncertain when the museum will put the creation on display. "The museum is still preparing a special display case that allows a 360-degree view of the piece of craftsmanship," Hung Yu-ting, a spokeswoman for Chao, told the Central News Agency. More


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Signet appoints Michael W. Barnes as chief executive officer
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Signet Jewelers Limited on Sept. 29 announced that it has appointed Michael Barnes as chief executive officer with effect from Jan. 30, 2011. He will join Signet on Dec. 1 as chief executive officer designate and will be based in Akron, Ohio. He succeeds Terry Burman who will retire, as previously announced, on Jan. 29, 2011. Barnes has been with Fossil Inc. for more than 25 years, most recently serving as president, COO and a director. He started with Fossil in its early days and was one of its initial employees. He was part of the management team that took Fossil public in 1993 and contributed to the continuing financial success of the business. More

TanzaniteOne 1H10 sales up 76 percent, production up 21 percent
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TanzaniteOne reported that production rose 21 percent to 1.049 million carats of tanzanite during the first six months of 2010, and revenue rose 76 percent to $8.6 million. The gemstone mining company sold 855,847 carats of rough gemstones for $6.91 million in Dubai during the second quarter. Profits for the first half rose to $700,000 from a loss of $500,000 one year ago. Gross margin improved to 66 percent of sales compared with 40 percent in the first half of 2009. At the end of June, TanzaniteOne held $11.1 million in assets, which included inventory of $3.94 million as well as cash and receivables. More

Deidre Woollard: Opal hat could be most valuable hat ever auctioned off
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I never have seen a hat quite like it. The piece above is titled the "Deep Blue Sea" and was created by Australian master milliner Ann Maree Willett and opal miners Vicki and Peter Drackett to showcase opals mined at Australia's famous Lightning Ridge. The hate will be sold at the "Nature of Opals" sale at Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, on Nov. 10. The hat is formed from hand-blocked Australian felt, decorated with bright feathers and carrying 26 opals weighing approximately 1,447 carats. More
 


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