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Winners announced for AGTA's 2011 Spectrum Awards™ competition
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Winners have been named in the 2011 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition hosted by the American Gem Trade Association. This year marks the 27th anniversary of the competition. The competition was held Oct. 23 to 24 in New York at a penthouse studio in Greenwich Village. Judges for the 2011 competition included Tanya Dukes of Elite Traveler magazine, Jennifer Gandia of Greenwich Jewelers, Glenn Lehrer of Lehrer Designs, Mallary Marks of Mallary Marks Inc. and Robin Rotenier of Rotenier Ltd. The annual AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Media Day was held Oct. 25 and featured all of the jewelry and gemstone submissions. More

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Bulgari blue fetches $16 million at Christie's New York
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A Bulgari blue diamond ring, featuring the largest triangular-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond to appear at auction, sold for $15.7 million, or $1.4 million per carat at Christie's New York. The total auction sold for $52.5 million with 90 percent of the 448 lots sold. The Bulgari ring includes a triangular-shaped, 10.95 carat, fancy vivid blue, VS2 diamond set back to back with a triangular-shaped, 9.87 carat, G, VS1 diamond. Bidding for the stone started with an $8 million bid from a client on the phone in Asia. More

Shoppers add jewelry to their Christmas gift list
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Even with the fundamental shift in consumer spending patterns across the U.S., the NRF 2010 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, found that shoppers won't just focus on lower prices or the basic necessities for Christmas 2010. While traditional categories, such as apparel and books, remained staple gifts in 2010, NRF found that 23 percent of shoppers added jewelry to their list this season. The figure was up from only 20.8 percent in 2009. More


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Victoria's Secret $2 million bra modeled by Adriana Lima
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Victoria's Secret has worked with Damiani again to create their annual jewel-covered bra. This year's Bombshell Fantasy bra is modeled by Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima. The bra has a total of 142 carats in stones with 60 carats of white diamonds and 82 carats of topaz and sapphires. Lima will wear the bra at the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which airs Nov. 30 on CBS. The bra is valued at $2 million. Check out VS All Access for behind-the-scenes images from the Fantasy Bra photoshoot. 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


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Sotheby's to auction 24.78-carat intense pink diamond
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Sotheby's Geneva Magnificent Jewels auction will include a 24.78-carat fancy intense pink VVS2 emerald cut diamond, although said to have flawless potential after re-polishing. The fancy pink is a Type IIa diamond, a classification that fewer than 2 percent of diamonds have. The pink diamond carries a presale estimate of $27 million to $38 million. More

Facebook fans vs. Twitter followers: Which are more valuable?
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There is a lot of talk lately about which is more valuable for brands, Facebook fans or Twitter followers. As budgets remain tight, answering this question represents the Holy Grail for evaluating the return on investment of social media. A recent Forrester study upended conventional wisdom by stating that Twitter followers may have the potential to be more valuable than Facebook fans in the future. While you cannot quantify either fan or follower with an absolute value (although many have tried), the study confirmed that Twitter followers are more likely to buy from brands they follow and recommend brands to friends. These two factors are the yardsticks by which many social media branding campaigns are measured. More

Laura Parker: Jewelry gift guide for new moms
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Jewelry is often the go-to gift of choice for those "BIG LIFE" occasions: weddings, anniversaries, graduations, it's Wednesday. But there is one present-producing event that seems to get the shaft when it comes to shiny things: giving birth. As a new mom myself, I surely appreciated the deluge of diapers and the like. But do you think the newly preggers Rachel Zoe is going to be satisfied with some nipple cream and a bottle brush? I think not! And neither should any of you other mommies out there. More
 


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