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Going green for spring and summer
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In 2010, going green means more than responsibly reducing your carbon footprint. There's a green color revolution in fashion and accessories -- and, of course, that means jewelry, too. For spring and summer, green sundresses, tees and sandals are must-haves for every stylish wardrobe and, at the same time, some treat-yourself green gemstone jewelry to complement. What's that, you say? You're thinking perhaps you shouldn't wear green -- skin tone too yellowy? Well, think again. More

Cocktail ring craziness
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Despite my natural diamond disposition, I have to say that colorful cocktail rings are my favorite jewelry category. It's such a great way to make a statement without breaking the bank. Fine jewelry doesn't have to be out of reach these days -- and there's nothing like bringing an outfit to the next level with a gumball sized bauble on your finger in your favorite color. More

March birthstone: Aquamarine
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One of my favorite stones to design with is Aquamarine, or "Water of the Sea" in Latin. The cool blue hues remind me of the clarity and purity of the crystal blue colors from the largest ice glaciers to the smallest snowflakes, from cold lake water to the warm South Seas. When looking into an Aquamarine you almost can feel the waters of the oceans and seas as the stone reflects the colors of a Caribbean blue green or a deep Mediterranean blue. Sailors navigating these waters have kept aqua for ages as a talisman while at sea. More

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A 'Spectrum' of colored stones sparkle at Oscars
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With old Hollywood glamor reigning at this year's Oscars, classic diamond jewelry was seen left and right, but that doesn't mean colored gemstones were swept off the scene. Not at all. Appearing on the wrists and ears of a handful of high-profile nominees and winners, stones including luminous opal, deep blue sapphire and inky London blue topaz made quite a showing of their own -- both on stage and behind the scenes. More

AGS Conclave reports dramatic increase in registration
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With a month left until its annual Conclave, the American Gem Society is reporting that registration for the event is up 34 percent from 2009. To accommodate the additional retail attendees, AGS has added seven classes to the schedule. With a theme of [R]evolution, the 2010 Conclave has a program designed to deliver tools and information to teach revolutionary business practices. Some of the highlights of the program include the following. More

Revisiting Victorian-era jewels
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Winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Costume Design went to the Young Queen Victoria's designer Sandy Powell. Historical movie buffs had a ball with the gowns and jewels Victoria wore to her balls. The popularity of this romantic film has revitalized attention toward elaborate jewelry styles portrayed in this visually rich period film. Of course jewelry eras are named for the times in which they occurred or for important personalities of the era. Most people know that Victorian jewelry spans a wide range of years prior to the 20th Century. But for how long, exactly? More


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Gemfields sells $7M at India emerald and beryl auction
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Gemfields announced the results of its first 2010 rough emerald and beryl auction, which was held March 11 to 15 in Jaipur, India. The sale totaled $7.2 million and offered 28.9 million carats of, principally lower quality, rough emeralds and beryl in 56 separate lots. Forty-nine lots sold. The company noted that emerald values decline dramatically as quality decreases. Emerald lots at the Jaipur auction ranged from approximately 3 cents per carat to $38 per carat. More

Christie's New York to present 2 exceptional jewels
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Christie's New York will present two exceptional jewels -- the Emperor Maximilian Diamond and the Catherine the Great Emerald and Diamond Brooch -- to highlight the first major jewelry sale of the year April 22. Both pieces have fascinating histories. "This April we are honored to present two legendary gems not seen in public for decades -- the Emperor Maximilian Diamond of 39.55 carats and the Catherine the Great Emerald and Diamond Brooch -- set with a Colombian emerald of over 60 carats," said Rahul Kadakia, head of jewelry at Christie's New York. More

Sotheby's jewelry sale brings in more than $1.75M
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A ruby and diamond necklace was the highest auctioned item at the Sotheby's jewelry sale in London on March 18. The necklace, designed as a graduated series of clusters each centering on an oval- or cushion-shaped ruby within borders of brilliant-cut diamonds, more than quadrupled its estimate value of when it sold at the hammer price of GBP 43,250 ($65,939). The sale, which featured 196 lots with jewelry in a wide range of styles and by distinguished designers such as Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron and Cartier, brought in a total of GBP 1,144,625 ($1.75 million) in sales. More

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