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AGTA adds color to AGS Conclave
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The American Gem Trade Association participated in the recent American Gem Society (AGS) Conclave in San Francisco by providing education and promoting colored gemstones and pearls at the event. Eleven AGTA member designers participated in the AGTA Collection with two showcases of fabulous jewelry designs and gemstones. "It is really important for AGTA to have a presence at the AGS Conclave to educate and inform AGS members about colored gemstones and pearls, as well as showcase the beautiful products from our members," stated Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. More

Mysterious Kashmir
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Christie's Hong Kong has gathered some of the best in world class jewels for its upcoming auction. Leading the elite roster is a pair of exquisitely matched cushion-cut Kashmir sapphire and diamond ear pendants. The Kashmir region sits atop India's northern-most tip; its fabled mines operating at an altitude of 15,000 feet produced the world's most coveted sapphires in the late 19th century. More

Bain predicts luxury sales will surge 8 percent in 2011
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Worldwide sales of luxury goods are set to climb 8 percent this year as consumers regain their confidence in the economy, according to a report by Bain & Company and Italian luxury trade group Altagamma. That means luxury goods sales could reach a record $274 billion in 2011. More

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Blues and greens settle in for spring
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Blue and green hues first appeared at New York's fashion week earlier this year and were prevalent on the red carpet for 2011 awards shows. Now, the colors are everywhere in jewelry, from ornate necklaces and rings to chunky cuffs and long earrings. "Fashion designers have set the stage in terms of color for the season, so we will see that well into spring of 2012," Michael O'Connor, jewelry style expert and celebrity stylist, says. More

Princess Catherine's royal wedding jewelry
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Princess Catherine's veil was held in place by what is described in an official statement from the royal family as a Cartier "halo" tiara, which was lent by Queen Elizabeth. The bride's earrings were diamond-set stylized oak leaves with a pear-shaped diamond set drop and a pave set diamond acorn suspended in the center. A tourmaline-and-diamond pendant and matching earrings were designed and made for Catherine's mother, Carole Middleton. More

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Garland in Green
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After much speculation, Kate Middleton chose a diamond tiara for the royal wedding. Despite its classic look, traditional royal tiaras were often constructed from more than just brilliant diamonds. Personal preference or jewels popular for the era frequently played a prominent role in creating memorable headgear for the aristocracy. Emeralds are known to be loaded with "jardin," a pretty word for natural inclusions. So, they are more valued for their rarity than their clarity. Queen Victoria sported a diamond-and-emerald tiara. More

Kate Hudson to design jewelry line
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Actress Kate Hudson is teaming up with Chrome Hearts to design a jewelry line that will reportedly feature gold pieces set with white diamonds, fresh water pearls and aquamarine, green tourmaline, peridot and citrine gemstones. The collection will be called CH+KH. 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.

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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.

Get your employees on board with your social media policy
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As more businesses become social and move past the initial excitement of adoption, they need to tackle the nitty-gritty of executing a social media strategy. It will involve cultural alignment, training and building a solid process so that the necessary parts of the organization can participate. A truly social organization is active both internally and externally. This is where things get complicated. More

UK company debuts Royal Wedding iPhone with diamonds and sapphires
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Goldgenie has revealed a limited edition iPhone that features diamonds and sapphires on the bezel, paying homage to Princess Di's engagement ring that Prince William gave to now-Princess Catherine. More

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