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AGTA features Spectrum Awards™ entries at Oscars
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The American Gem Trade Association recently showcased jewelry designs from the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ at the StyleLab Academy Award Red Carpet Jewelry Preview in Beverly Hills, Calif. The jewelry was selected with input from stylist and television commentator Michael O'Connor of Style & Substance Inc. Three Spectrum Award-winning pieces from the collection were selected and worn to the Academy Awards. More

Lush color dominates Oscar red carpet
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Red carpet trends embraced retro-glam looks influenced by the '40s, '50s and '60s at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards on March 7. Shades of blue -- from sapphire and aqua to slate and midnight -- were prevalent, with rich hues of purple and crimson also popular. Jewelry trends continue to focus on the ear and wrist, although there were a few noteworthy necklaces and rings. More

AGTA, CIBJO, ICA join to adopt colored gemstone disclosure codes
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In recognition of the ever-increasing importance of proper disclosure of gemstone treatments, three major global organizations -- the American Gem Trade Association, the World Jewellery Confederation and the International Colored Stone Association -- have reached consensus on a global method of colored gemstone treatment disclosure within the trade. The unprecedented cooperative effort came as a result of the growing recognition among the global colored gemstone industry of the need to harmonize the codes used on jewelry tags and commercial documents to indicate the particular treatment or modification that the gemstones may have undergone. More

AGS delivers cutting-edge programs for conclave
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The American Gem Society knew that with a theme of "[R]evolution" for the 2010 Conclave, they were implying a promise of cutting-edge programs. With the announcement of new GIA Lab classes and lectures, they are delivering on that promise. AGS Conclave is offering seven hours of hands-on GIA Lab classes and three lectures designed to not only further enrich the gemological and business skills of the AGS membership, but to provide practical tools that can help revolutionize their business. More

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AGTA ePrism now available as iPhone app
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AGTA understands the need to deliver timely, relevant news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create AGTA ePrism, the association committed itself to delivering a resource that provides industry-specific news and information to leading figures in the gem trade marketplace on a weekly basis. That partnership now has expanded to provide another convenient avenue to receive this information. AGTA ePrism is now part of the new MultiBriefs App, available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store. Simply search "MultiBriefs" in the App Store and download the app free of charge. After the MultiBriefs App is downloaded, you can add the AGTA ePrism feed from the "Specialized Trades and Industries" section. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch. And just like the e-mail news brief you've become accustomed to, you may share articles with your colleagues via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You can even bookmark certain articles as favorites to revisit at a later date. Feedback is appreciated and important to the success of the app, so please rate it in the App Store. More

Category analysis: Hooked on colored stones
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Colored gemstone jewelry is a money-maker, yielding median gross margins of 52.5 percent (better than diamonds' 48.9 percent), finds the 2009 Jewelers of America Cost of Doing Business Report. But selling them is the trick. AGTA has licensed the "CIBJO Retailers Reference Guide," a compact reference book with details on colored stones, diamonds, pearls and precious metals. It is free to AGTA members and $100 for non-members. More


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Whittled-down Wittelsbach Graff Diamond
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Diamonds -- either ancient ones or poorly cut modern stones -- routinely are re-cut to improve clarity and color. No biggie. But when it's an historical gemstone, people can have strong opinions. The famed Golconda origin blue Wittelsbach Diamond once was called the most famous diamond you never saw because the elusive diamond with a pedigree this long was the finial to the Bavarian crown until the 1920s and remained in the royal Wittelsbach family until 1951. More

Dunhill crushed black diamond and meteorite pen
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London luxury goods firm Dunhill has come out with a limited edition line of writing instruments made from meteorite and crushed black diamonds. The all-black Sentryman Meteorite Rollerball Pen for $1,100 features an innovative lacquer finish containing authentic crushed black diamonds and meteorite stone for a stunning effect. The clip and detailing is done in brass coated with a black PVD finish that matches perfectly with the lacquer and gives the piece a strong masculine appeal. More

Blue diamond seeks to dazzle at Sotheby's
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Blue diamonds aren't the rarest of the colored diamonds but tend to do well at auction, with larger stones often commanding top prices (a 7.03 carat stone sold for $9.49 million last year). Sotheby's Hong Kong is hoping to get a big result for a 5.16 carat blue diamond being auctioned off at the Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale on April 7. The pear-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond is internally flawless and is the first blue diamond from the De Beers Millennium Jewels Collection to appear at auction. More

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