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AGTA GemCards and brochure now available in Spanish
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The American Gem Trade Association has announced that it is now offering its popular GemCards and Guide To Colored Gemstones brochure in Spanish. "We have had many requests for Spanish materials from retailers, especially stores in the southern states and Mexico," stated Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. "We are pleased to finally be able to offer a few of our key promotional materials and are striving to add more in the future." More

Restoring the luster to a once-loved gem
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Over the centuries, spinel lost its cachet. Why it started to fall from favor remains unclear, but the real killer came in 1847, when the French chemist Jacques-Joseph Ebelmen first synthesized spinel, paving the way for it to be used in signet rings as a cheap substitute for ruby and aquamarine. More

Emeralds explode at Cannes
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Jewelry at the Cannes Film Festival is a "go big or go home" explosion of some of the world's most expensive jewels and gems. Why? Because high-end jewelry house Chopard is the sponsor, and that means the red carpet waltz is all about the bling. While diamonds are always dripping from the likes of Hollywood celebs, models and various other socialite types — the opening of the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival will forever be known as "The Year of the Emerald." More

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Petal perfection: Padparadscha
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Sapphire means blue, you know. The popular gemstone took a boost with the rabid attention paid to Prince William's proposal to now-Princess Kate with his mother's blue sapphire engagement ring. But hoorah! Sapphire also comes in a Crayola box full of natural colors, and those are properly classified as fancy color sapphire. More

AGS announces 2011 Circle of Distinction honorees
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The American Gem Society has announced the 2011 Circle of Distinction Honorees, who will be recognized at the Society's 11th Circle of Distinction Dinner on July 26 at the iconic Plaza Hotel in New York City. "The Circle of Distinction is one of the highlights of the Society's year, and this event will be no exception," said Ruth Batson, executive director and CEO of the American Gem Society. More

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Using Facebook to capture customers
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A central tenet of retailing is to put stores near customers. Now that 600 million potential customers are on Facebook, retailers are flocking to the site and aggressively experimenting with new communication strategies. Here are five ways they're connecting with customers on Facebook. More

Pink diamond fetches $10.9 million as collectors battle
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A pink diamond the size of a SIM card sold for $10.9 million as collectors continued to battle for rare gems. The price paid by a telephone bidder was the third highest for a pink diamond at auction, said Sotheby's. The privately owned diamond, not seen on the market for more than 30 years, was the most highly valued of 491 items being offered by Sotheby's in its biannual jewel auction in Geneva. More

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Jewels that look good enough to eat
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"Delicious Jewels," published this month, is an illustrated cookbook centered on 12 vegetables featured in a newly introduced Hemmerle collection. Including a pair of carrot earrings blazing with orange sapphires and 11 brooches — among them a radish studded with bright red spinels, a copper artichoke with a heart of purple sapphires, and a cauliflower smothered in cream-colored diamonds — the jewelry pieces are distinguished by a startling, mimetic realism. More

Jan Iverson appointed editor-in-chief of GIA's Gems & Gemology
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Gemological Institute of America has announced Jan Iverson as the editor-in-chief of Gems & Gemology, its quarterly research journal. G&G publishes, in print and online, the latest peer-reviewed research on diamonds and colored stones — where they are found, their special characteristics, simulants and synthetics, treatments and identification techniques. 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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Nick Cannon surprises Mariah Carey with new mom bling
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For Mariah Carey's first mother's day, hubby Nick Cannon gifted the new mom a 14-karat rose gold, sapphire and diamond necklace with their twins' names, Moroccan and Monroe. The necklace features Moroccan's name spelled white diamonds and baby girl Monroe's name in pink sapphires — boasting more than four carats. More

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