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Dec. 17, 2008
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AGTA GemFair Tucson Reports Positive Registration Numbers
from AGTA
The AGTA GemFair™ Tucson is reporting positive preregistration results relative to previous years for the show, which is scheduled for Feb. 4-9. Registration numbers are holding steady with last year’s registrations at the same time. A new online buyer registration process seems to be a contributing factor. "We are very happy to see the significant numbers of buyers using our new online registration form at www.agta.org," stated Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. "There is also a feeling by many buyers that the Tucson GemFair is too important to miss, as the best in colored gemstones and cultured pearls are found all under one roof." More

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Yellow Diamond Tops Sotheby’s Auction
from Luxist
As the catalogue's cover piece for Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels Auction held on Dec. 9 in New York City, the Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond was bound to be a successful lot. Expected to sell for between $2 million and $3 million, the 36.99 carat oval diamond flanked by two shield-shaped diamonds, each weighing over 3 carats a piece, sold for $2,658,500 and rang in as the highest bid of the auction. More

Gems Auction in Myanmar
from The Straits Times
Military-run Myanmar announced on Saturday it would hold an auction of precious gems in Yangon early next year, despite economic sanctions banning their international trade. The auction would be held January 5-9 at Myanmar Gems Pavilion in Yangon, the Burmese-language Myanma Ahlin newspaper said. Buyers would have to pay an entrance fee, with a higher charge for foreigners, the paper said. Sellers would also pay a commission fee of between one and three percent to the state on top of a jewelry tax, it said. Myanmar last held a gems auction in October but did not reveal how much it made from the sales. More

Stars Make Jewelry for a Cause Backstage at Golden Globes
from The Los Angeles Times Envelope
One of the coolest post-show happenings is this: Entertainment Tonight will work with "Stars for a Cause," a unique entertainment industry fundraiser, at its backstage winners area after the Golden Globes. Every best and best supporting actor and actress winner will have the chance to create their own jewelry with designer Robyn Rhodes, incorporating precious and semiprecious stones, gold and silver. More

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U.S. Online Jewelry Sales Bounce Back
from IDEX
Online jewelry sales have regained some of the sales it lost compared to last year. In the first week of December, online jewelry sales were reported at 22 percent less than last year’s levels. A week later, and the Jewelry & Watches category caught up, now at only 4 percent short compared to the corresponding period of 2007. More

Christie’s N.Y. Sale Generates $16 Million
from Rapaport News
Christie’s followed its rival Sotheby's in hosting a fairly strong New York jewelry auction last week amidst the economic crisis that has shaken the city. The sale totaled $16.62 million, with 84 percent of the items sold by lot and 83 percent by value. “Private buyers dominated the sale, acquiring all of the top 10 lots,” said Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s head of jewelry. He noted that several collections of period jewelry and rare diamonds and gem stones performed especially well. More

Over 65,000 Jewelry Workers May be Laid Off in India
from The Economic Times
The Indian gems and jewelry industry has already laid-off 65,000 workers and might be forced to lay-off a like number in the next two months, and industry official said on Tuesday. "The Indian gems and jewelry sector was forced to lay-off 65,000 workers between August and October. Due to the ongoing economic slowdown and slump in demand, there could be a further lay-off of 65,000 workers in the next two months," Gems and Jewelry Export Promotion Council's (GJEPC) Chairman, Vasant Mehta, told reporters. More

Next Year in Yellow: Trends 2009
from The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
Enough gloom and doom: There’s a prediction from a leading color source that cheerful and sunny yellow will be the influential color of 2009. Pantone, which provides color standards to design industries, specifically cites mimosa, a vibrant shade of yellow illustrated by the flowers of some mimosa trees as well as the brunch-favorite cocktail, as its top shade of the New Year. In general, Pantone expects the public to embrace many tones of optimistic yellow. “I think it’s just the most wonderful symbolic color of the future,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “It’s invariably connected to warmth, sunshine and cheer - all the good things we’re in dire need of right now.” More

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