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AGTA to honor Hodgkinson and Keller at 30th anniversary event on Feb. 1
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The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) will make Scottish gemologist Alan Hodgkinson an Honorary Member and recognize longtime Gems and Gemology editor Alice Keller in Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 1, during AGTA's 30th Anniversary event at the Tucson Convention Center. The event is open to all registered attendees and exhibitors and will begin at 6 p.m. More

Resolutions: Shop Local, Buy Handmade!

Meet top U.S. and Canadian jewelry artists who produce for boutiques, galleries and museum stores. Wholesale show, February 18-21, Philadelphia. Jewelry preview: February 17.

Golden Globe jewelry fashion forecast
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The 2011 Golden Globe Awards are likely to give us jewelry-gawking fools the most star-studded red carpet yet — with heavy hitters like Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore (deep inhale) all nominated, not to mention TV beauties like Kyra Sedgwick and Lea Michele. More

AGTA collaborates with StyleLab in celebrity jewelry styling for upcoming award show season
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StyleLab's celebrity dressing events coordinated by jewelry and style expert Michael O'Connor are in full swing again this season. StyleLab is hosting exclusive events prior to the major television and film award shows taking place in January and February. The successful events, a great vehicle for designers to generate awareness and desire, were responsible for placing jewelry brands on over 50 celebrities and award winners in 2010. More

New Year optimism bodes well for JCK Las Vegas 2011
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With six months until the debut of JCK Las Vegas 2011 at Mandalay Bay (June 3-6), JCK's ongoing reinvention continues to be embraced by a robust list of market-leading manufacturers/suppliers and buyers representing every facet of the jewelry industry. Many new improvements designed to enhance the JCK experience will be evident as JCK Las Vegas will present a brand new exciting show floor and expanded days for LUXURY buying. Additionally, LUXURY, Equipment Technology & Supplies and AGTA show days will be expanded in 2011. More

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Royal gem gift worth £60 million
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Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to receive their very own crown jewels worth £60 million as a lavish wedding present. In an extraordinary act of generosity, billionaires based in Saudi Arabia are trying to buy the couple a fabled set of 301 colored diamonds called the Rainbow Collection. A member of the Saudi Arabian royal family tried to buy them as a wedding gift for Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981, but the offer was turned down. More

Social networking a retail game-changer
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Over the past decade, the Internet has made the world a smaller place. Now, retailers the world wide hope social media will have the same shrinking effect, making them seem a little smaller to their customers. And more personable. And maybe even a little sassy. As thousands of U.S. and global retailers come together at the National Retail Federation conference in New York, one theme that keeps playing out is just how smart consumers have become. They are tech savvy, know what they want, and how to research it. More

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Come and Play for a Great Cause!

At AGTA GemFair™ Tucson 2011, AGTA will host two charity fundraising events — the AGTA Coyote Classic Golf Tournament benefitting Special Olympics and AGTA GemJammin' benefitting Jewelers For Children. The 15th Annual Coyote Classic, sponsored by FedEx, will be played at Omni Tucson National Resort on Sunday, Jan. 30, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. AGTA GemJammin', sponsored by Instore Magazine, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and Stuller, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3, at The Hut starting at 8 p.m. AGTA GemJammin' will feature great music by members of the jewelry industry. If you would like to play or sing, sign up at For more information on these events and more, click here.

Josef appointed GIA Director of Education for New York campus
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GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has named Jennifer A. Josef as Director of Education for the New York campus. Josef's appointment, effective Jan. 3, gives her responsibility for developing educational outreach to the gem and jewelry industry as well as the general public. More

SSEF launches interactive guide to world's gemstone mining areas
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Swiss Gemmological Institute has launched GemExplorer, an iPhone application that allows users to navigate the world's major sources of colored gemstones, diamonds and pearls. The app is available for free in the iTunes app store. More

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The £200,000 forgotten gems found in a bank vault
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A remarkable cache of jewelry which had been gathering dust in a bank vault for 30 years could fetch as much as £200,000 at auction. The unnamed family selling the gems discovered the stunning treasure trove of exceptional necklaces, watches, rings and bracelets in a will after a death. The 40-piece range, which includes diamond, emerald and ruby-studded necklaces, will be auctioned Jan. 20. Preeminent London jewelers S J Phillips supplied the two most highly sought-after items in the collection. The Victorian ruby and diamond necklace is joined by a breathtaking Belle Epoque emerald and diamond necklace, plus matching earrings. More

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