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Educational opportunities abound at AGTA GemFair Tucson
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One of the primary missions of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is to provide education and information to its members and the industry. There is no better example of this than the opportunities to learn at the AGTA GemFair Tucson, Feb. 1-6. Once again, AGTA will present its Free Seminar Program, MJSA bench demonstrations and GIA laboratory classes. More

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Source fine jewelry by top U.S. and Canadian artists. Get inspired: Free “retail savvy” seminars. Jewelry Preview, February 17. Wholesale show, February 18-21, Philadelphia. Register today!

MJSA's At the Bench Live schedule set for AGTA GemFair Tucson
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Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America will once again present its signature At the Bench Live demonstrations at the 2011 AGTA GemFair Tucson. The sessions will address a range of current topics of interest to today's jewelry makers and custom designers working in shops and retail stores across America. The interactive demonstrations, scheduled for Feb. 1-6, will feature renowned artisans showing bench and design techniques that attendees can readily apply to their own operations. More

GIA offers lab services, educational opportunities, specials and seminars at Tucson gem shows
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Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has announced that a number of laboratory services, classes, specials and free seminars will be available at the upcoming gem shows in Tucson, Ariz. In addition, the GIA Alumni Association will mark the Institute's 80th anniversary with a celebration at its annual auction and dinner dance on Feb. 4. More

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Michelle Obama's state dinner sparkle
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While green was the standout color at the Golden Globes, Washington, D.C. was rockin' in red as Michelle Obama stepped out at the administration's third State Dinner in a dream of a dress from Alexander McQueen. Her jewelry choice was a pair of ruby and geode teardrop earrings in 18-karat gold from New York designer Kimberly McDonald. More

The diamond takes a back seat
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If you were one of the lucky folks who got engaged over the holidays, chances are you're staring down at a colored stone, and not a traditional diamond. Today's engagement-ring bling is all about colored gems, and not the traditional diamond sparklers. Here's what you need to know. More

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AGTA GemeShare is LIVE and FREE

The AGTA GemeShare online marketplace for colored gemstones in now operational and free to use. All listed gemstones are presented by AGTA members, who abide by the AGTA Code of Ethics and personally verify the color of each gemstone. Register now at!

IBISWorld predicts 11-percent increase for Valentine's Day jewelry sales    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Market research firm IBISWorld expects that U.S. jewelry sales for Valentine's Day will increase about 11 percent from 2010 to $1.46 billion. More

5 reasons why Facebook will never replace your website
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Facebook may have 500 million users and be raking in the dollars, but lets be perfectly clear: while Facebook can certainly be useful as an outpost to your company's website, it could not and should not ever replace it. Thinking Facebook could take the place of a company's website is like saying your car is so great soon you can just live in it and get rid of your house. More

Join AGTA at the 2011 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson and Get $200

If you have never been an AGTA Member, it is time for you to give us a try. And if you sign up in Tucson, then spend $200 or more on the floor with one of our member exhibitors, we will give you $200 back. In joining AGTA, you are supporting an organization whose primary mission is the promotion of ethical business practices and full disclosure. AGTA offers many exclusive member programs and products to help you grow your business. To learn more about the benefits of membership, stop by the AGTA booth on the Galleria Level or click here.

GIA unveils distance learning course for pearls    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Gemological Institute of America is offering a new distance learning course that incorporates the latest research, market trends and grading processes for cultured and natural pearls. This eight-assignment course gives professionals the opportunity to broaden their careers by developing their pearl knowledge and skills. It also enables those just entering the industry to get a jumpstart on building their pearl expertise. More

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