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AGTA GemFair Tucson excitement building
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The countdown to the 2010 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson is on with strong pre-registration numbers and hotel rooms filling up. The show begins on Tuesday, February 2nd and ends on Sunday, February 7th - a change from the traditional Wednesday to Monday schedule. "We are very pleased with the early registration numbers," stated Mary Lou Keen, AGTA Trade Show Manager. "I have personally heard from many people who say that they are coming back to Tucson this year after taking last year off. We are very optimistic." More

Bring on the browns
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This year, if buying some new gemstone jewelry is on your to-do list - especially pieces that will complement many different outfits in your wardrobe - here's our advice: Go brown. Sounds dull? A bit drab? Actually, it's just the opposite. More

SpendingPulse 2009 holiday wrap-up report
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MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, a macro-economic report tracking national retail and service sales, has provided summary results for the holiday shopping season. The data showed year-over-year growth in the period between Black Friday through Dec. 24 in all sectors measured. In addition, six out of ten sectors showed positive growth in the period from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24. More

The Authentic Optix® Cut Revolutionizes the Appearance of Precious Gems.
Employing advanced light refraction science, Optix® stones are precisely cut with concave faceting to reflect significantly more light than stones with flat faceting. The result is a stone with unmatched brilliance. MORE

2010 color predictions: Make way for mauve
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Around springtime, world-renowned color provider Pantone unveils its color trend predictions for the coming year. 2010's forecast included palettes inspired by broad and varied subjects like "Africa," "farmers' markets," and "the night sky." Surprisingly though, one color seemed to permeate each group: Shades of purple, and in particular mauve, were everywhere. More

A stylish sale    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Stylish jewelry will always sell and that was proven once again at Sotheby's New York Magnificent Jewels sale. Despite a torrential downpour, bidders came to the auction en masse, both in the room and on the phone, to compete for jewelry that often soared well above its presale estimates. Of particular note was a ring with an 11.05-carat yellow diamond and emeralds by Louis Comfort Tiffany, circa 1915 to 1920. The quality of craftsmanship, the detail, the style, the stones and, of course, the signature made this ring a truly special piece of jewelry history. More

Fancy that! Orange sapphires
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The most sought after sapphires are pinkish-orange, called Padparadsha. All bright orange sapphires are exotic and avidly collected by jewelry lovers who understand what drives the value of these gemstones. Because the straighter hues - those lacking a noticeable secondary color, and the more vivid, or intense the hue, the greater the stones' value. More

10 fashion statements of 2009
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This has been a wonderful year for fashion. From the emergence of fanciful fashion-rebel Lady Gaga to the arms of Michelle Obama, we've had inspiring influences right and left. At a time when most designers were playing it recession-friendly (aka safe), trends and personalities stood out more than ever. Here are Luxist's Top Ten Fashion Statements of 2009. More

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AGTA Email Newsletter Program

Have you ever thought about getting involved in email marketing, but didn't want to invest the time or money to produce a professional-looking newsletter? AGTA has developed a cost-effective, customizable email newsletter program that you can use to get your message out to your current and potential clients. More

2010 rings in the first wave of the "new normal"
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Retailers who have managed to survive the trials and tribulations of 2008 and 2009 will find themselves operating in a less competitive "new normal" retail environment in 2010 and beyond. That's the conclusion of Susan Rada, editor of the National Retail Federation's magazine, STORES. Jewelry retailers are no exception: at the end of 2009, there were about 22,000 jewelry firms in the U.S., down from roughly 23,000 at the beginning of 2008. More

Bvlgari features Julianne Moore in 2010 Eccentric Charisma campaign
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Famous house of luxury Bvlgari has announced that actress Julianne Moore will be the face of its 2010 Eccentric Charisma marketing campaign. Ms. Moore, a 4-time Academy Award nominee and star of such films as "Far From Heaven", "Boogie Nights", and "Hannibal", has already been shown in some teaser Bvlgari photos where she inhabits a luxuriously appointed sitting room along with a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. These images also include a spectacular gold and gem-set Bvlgari bracelet whose centerpiece is a large emerald. More

American Gemological Laboratories: Your Colored Gemstone and Origin Specialist
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Luxury jewelry maker Richemont eyes Prada stake
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Prada is close to a tie-up with Swiss watch and jewelry maker Richemont that could shake up the luxury landscape worldwide, sources told The Post. The Italian fashion house - whose ambitions to expand have been hampered for years by a crippling debt load - is nearing a deal to sell about a third of the cash-strapped label to Richemont, whose holdings include Cartier, Montblanc and Van Cleef & Arpels. More


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Simply Beautiful

Classic/Contemporary Fine Gold Jewelry
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AGTA GemFair Tuscon
Feb. 2 – 7, 2010
Booth #3502

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IGI, a worldwide gemological laboratory, providing objective and accurate grading, identification and appraisal reports for gemstones and fine jewelry along with laser inscription and educational courses.

Jewels From
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AGTA Booth #202

Original Signature Gems by American Gem Artist Larry Woods
Natural Sapphires, Tourmaline, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Sunstone, Spinel, Zircon, Peridot, Rare Garnets

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