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Spring '10 Fashions Lend Colorful Optimism
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American designers showing their Spring 2010 collections at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York this fall have responded to the shift in the economy by using bold colors in comforting, familiar silhouettes, or creating eye-catching one-of-a-kind pieces that are completely irresistible. Key design directions include the layering of sheer fabrics, more distinct color blocking, cut outs and splicing of angular panels, asymmetrical lines, acid wash, and mixing textures and patterns in a fresh patchwork. "But the fashion constant has been and always will be color," hails Nina Garcia, fashion director of Marie Claire and Lifetime's "Project Runway" judge. "There's nothing like a vibrant hue of royal purple or golden yellow to make us feel optimistic and hopeful." MORE


Penelope Cruz engagement ring bling?
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A kuckle-sized sapphire and diamond ring was spotted on Penelope Cruz's ring finger at the New York Film Festival this weekend, but the actress refused to confirm the significance of the stunner, according to People Magazine. More
Lavish lapis lazuli
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Richly saturated and cobalt blue,lapis lazuli has been around for a while; 6,000 years if we were to pin it down. Its utility has always been more than as a gemstone, however. In prehistoric times it was a jewelry item, but by the Middle Ages, it was pulverized into an ultramarine artist's pigment and coveted even more. Palaces and cathedral walls in the Middle and Far East are paneled with massive slabs of lapis lazuli. More


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A Guide To Colored Gemstones Brochure - Special Offer

AGTA has refreshed this valuable point of sale brochure by adding a new cover, new images and updating the text. The brochure is 16 pages of buying information and gemstone photography. This is a great resource for sales associates and as an informational brochure to give to clients. More

Artist adorns Amsterdam with larger-than-life jewelry
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For her graduation project, Belgian jewelry designer Liesbet Bussche whipped up a collection of supersized baubles for an entirely different sort of clientele—the streets of Amsterdam. In a series of "street interventions" that turned nondescript urban objects into jewelry, Bussche transformed concrete balls into black-pearl earrings, sculpted a necklace from construction-site rubble, and wove red and white beads into warning tape. More
Jewelry store surprises firefighter in unique event
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Michael Knobbe, a reserve firefighter in Vernon, California had proposed by pulling up in a firetruck with a 23-foot long "marry me" sign. The proposal later appeared in a Robbins Brothers commercial. But Knobbe, who recently returned from Iraq got a big surprise last week when he thought he was heading off to a fire (at the fire station no less) only to find his fiancee and the folks from Robbins Brothers waiting on a second floor balcony with wedding rings. More

American Gemological Laboratories: Your Colored Gemstone and Origin Specialist
America's first and most highly respected laboratory for identification, treatments and origin reporting. AGL's experienced specialists and advanced analytical techniques uncover the secrets of every stone. Our reports are accepted throughout the industry, including wholesalers, retailers, auction houses and most importantly consumers. MORE

Alicia Keys to launch jewelry line
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Alicia Keys has announced the creation of AK Worldwide, which will handle her non-musical and philanthropic works. The R&B songstress will release a jewelry line as her first venture with the company. More
Masters of the serpent in gold and gems
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The ancient Greeks, whose great civilization predates the book of Genesis and Eve's run-in with the evil serpent, believed snakes to possess healing qualities. Therefore, snakes were free to roam the healing temples where sick and injured citizens slept. Not surprisingly, Bulgari, whose roots as a jewellery company are firmly planted in Roman soil, evoked the sinister serpent in its collections as early as 1949. More

The Authentic Optix® Cut Revolutionizes the Appearance of Precious Gems.
Employing advanced light refraction science, Optix® stones are precisely cut with concave faceting to reflect significantly more light than stones with flat faceting. The result is a stone with unmatched brilliance. MORE

Blue diamond fetches record for Sotheby's
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An 8.74-carat blue diamond, the size of a hazelnut, fetched $5.7 million in Hong Kong, the most expensive of its type sold at auction in Asia. The emerald-cut, fancy intense blue gem went to an anonymous phone buyer after a two-minute tug-of-war with at least four rivals that escalated at a furious rate. More
U.S. jewelry industry remains dominated by small jewelers
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The U.S. retail jewelry industry remains highly fragmented, with an overwhelming number of small merchants operating firms whose annual sales are under $2.5 million annually. Revenues from the top four specialty jewelers represent about 11 percent of total industry sales. In contrast, the top four merchants in some other key categories generate more than 50 percent of industry revenues. More
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