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Jan. 21, 2009
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Industry VIPs Lead Gem Jam Tucson 2009
from Gem Jam
Industry VIPs have begun signing up in significant numbers to participate in Gem Jam Tucson 2009. Premiering on Feb. 5, 2009, Gem Jam Tucson 2009 will bring together musicians and music lovers within the jewelry industry for an evening of live music, fun and relaxation during the Tucson show. Lead by jewelry industry icons Gary Gordon, Gerry Manning and Paul Klecka, nearly 20 musicians have registered to play at the event and a large number of fans have pledged to attend to listen and cheer them on.More

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Details Finalized for Jewelers Vigilance Committee Presentations
from The Jewelers Vigilance Committee
The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) will present two seminars, “The Basics Of Memo Transactions - The Do’s And Don’ts Of Trading On Memo” and “Burma And Beyond - Operating Your Business In Today’s New Regulatory Environment” at The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair™ Tucson at the Tucson Convention Center. The Memo Transaction Seminar will take place in the Cochise Room at 9:00 a.m. and the Burma Panel will be in the Mohave Room at 11:00 a.m. More

New Lead Law Worries Jewelers
from AGTA
Gaping uncertainties in the rules and regulations of a new federal law designed to improve protection of children from lead poisoning have jewelry manufacturers across the nation worried about liability and the extra cost of compliance, questions that may not be answered until months after the law takes effect in February. Existing law allows an exemption for rhinestones are about 30 percent lead, but the new law does not. More

Bush Altered Burmese JADE Act Before Leaving Office
from Rapaport News
Former President George W. Bush waived some provisions in the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act against Myanmar on January 15, less than one week before leaving office. The bill, which was supported by many in the U.S. diamond and jewelry trade, was signed into law in July 2008 and was intended to prevent rubies and jade from entering the U.S. from Myanmar either directly or through third party countries. More

Kimberly Collines Colored Gems

Burger King Giving Away Diamond, Sapphire Pendants to Promote Pink Panther
from Luxist
The Pink Panther 2, starring Steve Martin, will be released in February, and to promote it, Burger King is having a diamond promotion. For 30 days, starting on February 2 and ending on March 3, Burger King patrons can win a diamond pendant surrounded with pink sapphires. More

How the Luxury Consumer Will Spend in 2009
from Forbes
Today's high-net-worth customers are still shopping but are putting more thought into their purchases. Wealthy consumers will continue to spend in 2009, but differently than before. Exclusivity will be embraced as will quality and dependability. What's more, luxury brands will begin offering discounts and incentives--something many have never done before. More

Eye Openers: Color on Glasses
from The London Free Press
A new pair of eye glasses can help you see 2009 with fresh vision. The latest styles -- influenced by nature, architecture and fashion trends -- can be an inexpensive way to update your look. "Color, color, color is the key word for 2009," says Beverly Suliteanu, creative director and vice-president of product development for Wescan Optical in Montreal. "Purple has become the new black and colours like aqua, lime and yellow are staple accent shades." Men's eyewear focuses on navy, olive green, gray and brown as popular combinations. More

Michelle Obama Picks Inaugural Fashion Mix
from The Associated Press
Michelle Obama mixed her wardrobe choices on her first day as first lady, showing that she is indeed that modern style icon who embraces new designers as well as retail standbys, high fashion and mass market. The white, one-shouldered gown, covered in fabric petals and dotted with beads, that she wore to the rounds of balls Tuesday night was by 26-year-old Jason Wu, a rising star in the fashion world but otherwise not well known. Long loved for her willingness to confidently mix high and mass fashion, Michelle Obama didn't disappoint in accessorizing her day look: green gloves by J. Crew and green patent leather pumps by Jimmy Choo. More

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