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Register now for 2011 AGTA GemFair Tucson
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Join us in Tucson, Ariz., from Feb. 1 to 6, 2011, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of AGTA. As always, there will be an incredible assortment of colored gemstones, pearls, designer jewelry, antique and estate jewelry, tools, equipment and business services, all offered by AGTA members. Take advantage of our FREE seminar program, featuring some of the industry's most knowledgeable speakers. Topics include sales, marketing, gemology, antique jewelry, travelogues and much more. GIA also will be on-site offering courses all week. And for our bench jewelers, MJSA will be presenting daily demonstrations in its At the Bench Live program. More

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Namakwa recovers rare 7.53-carat vivid orange diamond
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Namakwa Diamonds recovered an exceptionally rare 7.53-carat vivid orange diamond and a 26.74-carat, D, type IIa diamond from its mining operations in the North West Province of South Africa. Both diamonds have a flawless potential. The diamonds were recovered from operations on Namakwa's southeast node, which recently came into full production. The diamonds will be presented for sale during the company's Johannesburg tender now under way. "We are experiencing tremendous interest from all diamond centers for our October tender," said Heno Kruger, Namakwa's head of sales and trading. More

Celebrity hang time: Ellen Barkin's Oscar jewels do a sequel
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In 2005, actress Ellen Barkin wore a vivid orange dress to the Academy Awards, topped by large hanging topaz earrings encircled with diamonds and ruby clusters. But unlike most celebrities, Barkin didn't borrow the gems for the evening — she owned them. They were a gift from her then husband, Revlon founder and billionaire Ronald Perelman. The earrings, from the small Swiss jewelry house JAR, are on the block Oct. 20 at Christie's carrying an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. More


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Creating a social media strategy
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It's an unfortunate workplace fact: Management and employees almost always suffer from a deep engagement gap. According to the Global Workforce Study, only 21 percent of employees feel they are engaged at work. The further that engagement gap grows, the harder it becomes to align both parties toward the same goal. The strategy execution gap lies with the inability that employees and management have to relate to the same goals. In this context, engagement becomes a management imperative. The lessons we learn from social media teach us a basic principle: Before selling an idea or product, you must engage your customers, listen to what they have to say and gain their trust. More

A cut above
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Whether on the wholesale or retail level, a diamond's cut is critical in any sales presentation. In fact, a great many diamond companies make the quality of their cut their primary marketing focus. Brands such as Hearts on Fire have made large inroads into the market and command significant premiums over non-branded and standard-cut diamonds. The term "ideal cut" is widely used, and a great deal of time and money has been expended on studies to define the ideal angles and proportions that allow the most dispersion and brilliance in the standard round brilliant-cut diamond. More


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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

'TRON: Legacy' — The accessories?
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Have you heard about the latest from Disney? "TRON" is back. "TRON: Legacy" hits theaters Dec. 17 in both Disney 3-D and IMAX 3-D. Well, in the last few decades, Disney has learned a bit about promoting a movie, and the number of posters, trailers and merchandise available surrounding the release of this film is astounding and goes WAY beyond "action figures" and children's toys. Fashion includes the fine jewelry looks by Rotenier, with gorgeous sleek earrings starting at $345. More

The fashion statement: It's always Fashion Week somewhere
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When you think of fashion week, you think of the big four: New York, London, Milan and Paris. Those are the cities where the biggies like Marc Jacobs, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent unveil their collections. And press from major publications jump from city to city following this glittery pack. But did you know there was a fashion week in Washington, D.C., last month? Don't laugh. There's another one going on right now in Houston. There's even one being held this week in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. According to various tallies on the Internet, about 140 fashion weeks take place each year. More
 


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