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More Oscar exposure for AGTA Spectrum entrants    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's never a dull moment for Oscar week, and I always try to start it at the Style Lab because things don't last long there. While I arrived at the suite early, nearly half a dozen pieces left before I did -- and some were absolutely killer pieces I wanted to feature. However, meeting some of the nominees from "Star Trek" (makeup) and "Avatar" (sound) made it definitely worth while. They all looked stunned at the experience, but they seemed to relax after a bit and enjoy it and walked away borrowing some incredible jewelry for both men and women. More

Tasty raspberry tourmaline
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Raspberry, or rubellite -- you decide what you want to call this delectable variety of tourmaline. Glints of shocking pink scintillate through the facets of pomegranate hues on this precious stone. Some natural colored stones exhibit a fickle personality by changing their tint somewhat under different light sources, causing otherwise vibrant stones to turn a muddy brown tone. The mechanism behind the annoying curiosity of colored stones appearing not so glam in different lighting has to do with color absorption in relation to light waves. More

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Industry players rank on Forbes' list of billionaires
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Forbes magazine published its annual list of the world's richest players for 2010, adding 218 new billionaires this year. The publishing group compiled a list of 1,011 billionaires who had a combined net worth of $3.6 trillion in 2010, up from a total net worth of $2.4 trillion in 2009. The world's wealthiest man was Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico, with an estimated fortune of $53.5 billion, an increase of $18.5 billion from the previous year's tally. The list included a number of executives involved in the diamond and jewelry industry. More

GIA to expand Middle East course offerings
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The Gemological Institute of America is looking to offer more classes throughout the Middle East. In addition to the classes it currently offers in Bahrain and Dubai, GIA soon will expand its course offerings in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. More


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New York state Supreme Court dismisses case against DDC
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New York state Supreme Court Justice Michael D. Stallman has dismissed a lawsuit initiated by David Abraham against New York's Diamond Dealers Club, the DDC announced March 11. Abraham, the club's former vice president, petitioned the court in February 2009 to void a vote by the DDC to change its December 2008 by-laws. In reading all of Abraham's papers, affidavits and briefs, Stallman denied all of his motions and dismissed the case. More

Surat diamond sector back to full employment
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Just one year after a mass exodus of workers from Surat's diamond sector, the city's industry again is operating at full employment and growing its status as the world's most important diamond manufacturing hub. Rohit Mehta, president of the Surat Diamond Association, estimated that approximately 4,600 manufacturing units were operating in Surat, both before the downturn and currently, approximately 90 percent of which are micro- and small-scale businesses. Given the disorganized nature of the sector, he stressed that it was difficult to collect definitive data on the industry. More

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