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Dec. 10, 2008
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AGTA GemFair™ Tucson – Your One Stop Shop for Color and Pearls
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Each year, thousands of buyers wait anxiously outside the doors of GemHall I at the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson. They know that once those doors open, that they will have the opportunity to find the next hot trend, fill specific gemstone requests from clients and view the latest creations from the best gemstone cutters in North America. There is also a peace of mind in knowing that they will be dealing with AGTA Members, who are all bound to the AGTA’s Code of Ethics. More

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Blue in the Facet: Colored Stone on Display in London
from The Associated Press
An unusually cut blue diamond with a royal history could fetch as much as $13 million when it goes under the hammer at Christie's on December 10. Blue diamonds are exceedingly rare, and the 35.56 carat Wittelsbach Diamond has often had its color and clarity compared to the famed Hope Diamond, which is on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Though somewhat smaller than the Hope Diamond, the Wittelsbach Diamond was a favorite of European rulers for centuries. King Philip IV of Spain purchased the stone in 1664 and made it part of the dowry for his teenage daughter, the Infanta Margarita Teresa. More

Luxury Brands Go Over the Top for Wealthy Clients
from The Los Angeles Times
The days of big spending are over for many Americans, but not for the high rollers. They just need a little encouragement to trigger that buying feeling. On a recent weekday night in the Hollywood Hills, jeweler Damiani and lifestyle magazine Angeleno took over a $9-million house with views of Los Angeles to throw a lavish party for potential customers. About 40 men in dark suits and women wearing pearls dined on frisee and filet mignon, then sipped champagne as they gazed at jewelry displays illuminated by eco-friendly fireplaces, watched videos of yachts with "Damiani" on their sails and ate coconut raspberry cake in the shape of a diamond. Such parties are becoming more common, and more extravagant, as marketers try to connect with rich clients in tough economic times. More

Why Bulgari is Paying to be Part of Britney’s Comeback
from Jossip
While it remains to be seen whether Circus, Spears' sixth studio album, will add significantly to the girl's 60-plus million album sales worldwide - we imagine it will - the tour Britney is embarking on will bring in huge receipts. And of course, for the right price, your brand can get in on the Britney action too. An unfinished version of Spears' second single "Circus" made the rounds earlier this week. And now, the official "director's cut" version is out, and the only noticeable difference is the addition of Bulgari's name on the singer's jewels, which she puts on in the opening sequence. Clearly, Bulgari's name was inserted in post-production, and probably only after their check cleared. More

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Stephen Webster: Garrard’s New Creative Director
from The International Herald Tribune
Stephen Webster remembers standing in front of Garrard, the crown jeweler, as a young, unknown designer, when the grand London store was the first to give him a break by stocking his bold and edgy work.. This week, Webster can walk into Garrard with a new role as creative director. And this time, he is expected to bring more than the rock 'n' roll spirit he tuned into when he spent the 1980s in California. Ron Burkle, Garrard's current owner, is hoping to match heritage with hip and welcome Webster's smoking-hot celebrity clientele. That star-studded list includes Christina Aguilera through Cameron Díaz and Jennifer Lopez to Elton John. More

Rebel Tanzanite One Shareholder Seeks to Dismiss Board
from The Financial Times
Former executives of Tanzanite One have launched a shareholder insurgency against the Aim-listed gemstone miner, offering rival Gemfields another chance at acquiring Tanzanite One after a messy takeover battle failed last month. An entity holding the shares of Mike Nunn, Tanzanite One’s founder and its largest shareholder, on Thursday called a special general meeting to propose dismissing most of the company’s board because of the way it handled a hostile bid by Gemfields, an emerald miner trying to become the leader of the coloured gemstone market. More

GIA’s Second Gemological Conference Postponed
from DIB Online
The Second Gemological Research Conference (GRC), scheduled for Aug. 21-23, 2009, in San Diego, California., and hosted by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), has been postponed pending improvements in the current economic situation. The serious downturn in the global economy has led GIA to reconsider the timing of the GRC, and the decision has been made to not hold the conference next summer. More

This Year’s Party Clothes Are About ‘The Piece’
from The Associated Press via WTOP Federal News Radio
With more people likely to enjoy smaller-scale, at-home holiday gatherings this year instead of big blowouts at restaurants and fancy venues, multitasking separates seem better suited to the social whirl than do sexy cocktail frocks. A recent spin around retailers' "occasion" dress departments found more knits and less glitz, as well as several racks of dressy slacks and skirts. Enter statement jewelry: A necklace is the key piece. More

Madonna and Marc Jacobs: Parisienne Fashion
from Women’s Wear Daily
When Marc Jacobs found himself in a meeting on a recent Monday morning to brainstorm about Louis Vuitton’s next fashion advertising campaign, inspiration struck. “I just blurted out, ‘I think we should do Madonna,’” said the designer, Vuitton’s creative director, mentioning he’d attended a concert by the pop icon the night before in Paris. “I was totally just blown away by it, and moved by her performance, by what she had to say, and her energy.” As the meeting went on, Jacobs tapped out a message to Madonna on his BlackBerry, and within about five minutes came the reply: “I’d love to.” More

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