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Color me bridal
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Bridal couples today are rewriting the wedding playbook to reflect more individuality in their nuptials. People feel free to express themselves in their weddings, and that extends to their rings. The shift is, in part, due to celebrity influence in highly publicized engagements and weddings that showcase unique approaches to the rings, especially use of colored stones. More

Oregon sunstone: Homegrown beauty
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What's peachy, brownish, reddish and sometimes maybe green? To up the interest, some of this is bi-colored; a little rusty red, a little pine green. It's Oregon sunstone, which is the state stone of Oregon. This American beauty, found in remote areas of the High Desert in Oregon, is a curiously transparent feldspar that shows the inclusions hidden within the crystal. More

Important Burma ruby auctioned for $1.32 million
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A 6.29-carat Burma ruby sold for $1.32 million at Doyle New York's Important Estate Jewelry auction on April 13. International competition drove bidding on the ruby ring past the pre-sale estimate of $60,000-$80,000 to reach a staggering $1,322,500. At over $200,000 per carat, this is one of the highest prices per carat ever achieved for a ruby at auction More

The return of luxury retail
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Consumers spent more on retail goods in the first quarter than they did during the same time last year. That's despite higher gas prices, bad weather and a late Easter holiday. Luxury retailers were the winners. Retail analyst Marshal Cohen said, "We're tired of being so frugal with what we're spending and at the least expensive place." More

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Former GIA president publishes leadership book
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Bill Boyajian, former long-time president of the Gemological Institute of America and one of the most knowledgeable leaders in the gem and jewelry industries, takes that expertise to new heights with the publication of his first book, Developing the Mind of a Leader – Your Path to Lead and Inspire People. More

Luxury spending by rich Americans to rise
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Spending by rich Americans on luxury goods is set to grow by $26.6 billion in 2011, with the number of affluent families planning to spend more almost doubling in the past three years, a poll found. As the United States gradually emerges from its worst economic crisis in decades, the American Express Publishing and Harrison Group survey forecast spending on luxury goods to increase nearly 8 percent to $359 billion this year compared to 2010. More

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GIA expands pearl testing capabilities
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Gemological Institute of America has announced significant advancements in its pearl testing process. Highly advanced micro-CT X-ray units that produce high-definition 3-D images have been installed after months of tests and evaluations. These new units enable GIA to rapidly gain fully rotational 3-D images of the internal growth structures of pearls in just 15 to 20 minutes. This new technology allows GIA laboratories to assess much larger groups of pearls more quickly and in greater detail than previously employed technology. More

Pakistani gems, jewelry exports jump to $649 million
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The gems and jewelry sector in Pakistan has achieved significant milestones during last three years as exports jumped from $289 million in 2008-09 to $649 million in 2009-10. "Since the government has patronized the gems and jewelry sector with the objective of enhancing foreign exchange revenues from exports, we have seen a major jump," an official of Pakistan Gems and Jewelry Development Company said. More

AGTA GemFair™ at the JCK Las Vegas Show

The 2011 AGTA GemFair™ at the JCK Las Vegas Show is located in the South Pacific and Islander Ballrooms in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center June 2-7.

Shop the Day Before and the Day After JCK!

Professionals looking to stay on top of current color trends cannot afford to miss this show. More than 200 exhibitors will offer a comprehensive selection of natural colored gemstones, cultured pearls and colored gemstone jewelry that defines color trends.

Pink diamond failed to sell at auction; blue, pink and yellow diamonds fared well
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A 10-carat purplish-pink diamond expected to fetch up to $15 million failed to sell at Christie's Magnificent Jewels auction, which took in a total of $31.8 million. "We were disappointed that the 10-carat purple-pink diamond did not find a buyer, (but) top-quality white, blue, pink and yellow diamonds fared very well," said Radul Kadakia, Christie's head of jewelry in New York. He added that a fancy vivid blue diamond sold for $3.67 million, which exceeded its high estimate. More

How small businesses can use social media for customer service
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Customer relationship management isn't just the domain of big brands, and these days, more companies are offering free online tools to make it easier for small businesses to keep track of and reach out to their customers. For some small businesses — whether they're brick-and-mortar shops or online businesses — being able to monitor customer feedback, respond to complaints and help answer questions across a wide variety of websites is incredibly valuable, and it establishes a rapport with customers, who are likely to spread the word and praise its outreach. More

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