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Nov. 19, 2008
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Color: A Mood Changer
from AGTA
The global economic climate was more than tenuous this fall as designers in the world's major fashion hubs sought to change the mood from gloom to glam with previews of their spring '09 collections. The current socio-eco-political climate influenced many designers to seek their comfort zone in fashions expressing ease and confidence—a sport chic attitude. Labels effortlessly gliding from catwalk to sidewalk are those with familiar silhouettes, peppered with interest in playful treatments of pattern, texture, tailoring, and color. More

A. Kleiman and Company

AGTA GTC Laboratory Update
from AGTA Gemological Testing Center
This is the latest issue of the AGTA GTC Laboratory Update. Topics include an unusual ring from Christie's, rubies from Winza and Tanzania, an update on red andesine/labradorite, an announcment of a new emerald seminar from AGTA GTC, and how to prepare for the holiday season. More

Tom Lantos Block Burma Jade Act
from AGTA
As we enter the most critical season for sales in our industry many of our members, both wholesale and retail are earnestly searching for business strategies that will help them cope with an alarmingly depressed retail climate. In addition to the uncertain economic climate, we are now facing new regulatory developments which will have to be addressed in order to insure that the industry is doing everything it can to protect the integrity of product and remain in compliance with new legislative mandates. More

French: U.S. has Sun King's Stolen Gem
French experts said on Tuesday they had proof that the Hope Diamond, a star exhibit in Washington's Smithsonian Institution, is a legendary gem once owned by King Louis XIV that was looted in the French Revolution. New evidence unearthed in France's National Museum of Natural History shows beyond reasonable doubt that the Hope Diamond is the same steely-blue stone once sported by the Sun King, they said. Mineralogist Francois Farges, heading an investigation published in a peer-reviewed French journal, told AFP he was now "99 per cent sure" that the Hope and the mythical Blue Diamond of the Crown were one and the same. More

Kimberly Collines Colored Gems

Jewelers Looking on the Bright Side Ahead of Holidays
from The Columbus Business Journal
“No retailer alive thinks this is going to be a standout season,” said Peggy Jo Donahue, a spokeswoman for Jewelers of America, a 11,000-store trade organization. “You got to keep costs down and try to make lemonade out of what most see as lemons.” More

Big Find at Arkansas Crater of Diamonds
from Arkansas Matters
It's happened again, another big find at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. Rhonda Bankston from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, saw a segment about the park on The Travel Channel’s “The Best Places to Find Cash and Treasures.” So, she and a friend decided to head out to camp at the park and give diamond hunting there a try. On Sunday, around 11:00 a.m. on her second day of prospecting in the park’s 37 ½-acre search area, Bankston found a stunning, what appears to be flawless 2.09-carat white diamond as she was surface searching over the plowed field. More

Fashion: Return of the 80s for the Younger Set
from Boston Herald
It’s probably not a coincidence that the ’80s are back considering it’s the mothers of millennials who wore highlighter-color lace when they were coming of age. The icons of the day include Olivia Newton John in her "Physical" gear, Molly Ringwald and "Flashdance’s" Jennifer Beals.Teen Vogue has shot a lot of outfits with this vibe already for spring, says fashion director Gloria Baume, and the magazine believes in it as a trend going forward. The runway shows of Marc by Marc Jacobs, DKNY and London’s Christopher Kane furthered the return to the era of excess. More

Fashion is a Passion for Bond Beauties
from The Telegraph
Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko as Camille has the famous Bond edge. She is perhaps the first credit-crunch Bond girl, driving a metallic gold Ford Ka and dressing in Jasper Conran, best known for producing collections in association with Debenhams. In line with this season's key looks, Kurylenko also wears a statement necklace - a chunky gold chain with a fish pendant from Conran's spring/summer 2008 collection, made to order, from £395. Not as cheap as chips, perhaps, but less than the cost of painting your body in liquid gold. More

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