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Las Vegas: Decent trading and the return of the American consumer
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The Las Vegas shows lived up to people's preshow expectations: good trading. Nothing more, or less. Jewelry buyers were focused on lower price point items, while diamond buyers sought a wide variety of goods, yet focusing on keeping prices within range. At the high-end Couture show, exhibitors showcased a wide range of designs. The surprising element was the addition of low-end lines that most of the designers brought to accommodate the interest in lower price points, and so, many had items that retail at $300 and higher, some had $150 items. More


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What's so fancy about sapphire?
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Those clever Greeks named cobalt corundum, sappheiros, or blue stone. Sometimes saying things simply is really the best. It's iron or even titanium that casts its azure spell on the mineral corundum to give it the blues. But there's something fancy about sapphire, too, that turns the corundum crystals into a rainbow of exotic hues, some so rare they need a name to match ‐ like the peachy-pinky-slightly-orangy corundum called padparadscha because it looks like the Asian lotus blossom it was named for. More

Fancy Color Diamond Book explores world of rare colored diamonds
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The past few years have seen the prices of colored diamonds hit new highs. These rare beauties get their full due in the Fancy Color Diamond Book a new publication from Assouline. The 231-page book combines the lush imagery of a coffee table book with solid information on the world of colored stones. It serves as a reference both for professionals and interested consumers. The book was written by Eden Rachminov, one of the world experts on fancy color diamonds and a third-generation diamantaire. More

Great sellers show passion
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Great salespeople all have passion and commitment, Kate Peterson of Performance Concepts said in a seminar titled The Secrets of Top Jewelry Salespeople. "It's not money that motivates the great salespeople," Peterson said. "It's a commitment to their customer, to their career, to making the sale." Peterson laid out the following other characteristics of great salespeople. More

World's most expensive Barbie
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Mattel has collaborated with world-renowned jewelry designer Stefano Canturi to create the world's most expensive Barbie. The doll, which costs about $10 to 20 at the local toy store, is draped in customized diamonds, running her price tag up to almost $550,000. This rare collectible was created to coincide with the opening of the Barbie Basics Collection in Australia. The diamonds were sourced from Australia's Argyle Mine, which is one of the largest diamond producers worldwide. More

No sale yet for Imelda's jewels
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It looks like the incredible jewels of Imelda Marcos won't be up for sale any time soon. The AFP reports that Philippine President Gloria Arroyo has said that any decision on selling the seized jewels of the former first lady should be left to her successor. Arroyo will be stepping down June 30 to make room for Benigno Aquino, the son of President Corazon Aquino and former Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. His parents led an anti-Marcos revolution that eventually led to Ferdinand Marcos and his wife leaving the Philippines. More

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All that glitters: Cool stars, hot trends
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Nothing dresses the arms of Tinseltown ladies like oversized, jewel-studded bracelets. Any variety will do — cuffs, bangles, multi-coiled strands — and the wider, the better! The goal of the oversize pendant is clear: It wants your attention. And celebrities are heeding its command. In saucer-size discs and tassel-laden masses, large pendants clamor for the spotlight and sometimes nab it, leaving the star to serve as the backdrop. More

GIA offers new colored diamond report service
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The Gemological Institute of America has announced a new, optional service on its Colored Diamond Grading Report and Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report. Began June 1, a color image of the diamond now can be included on the report by request. The fee for the service is an additional $50. More

Colored gemstone sales expert Jim Fiebig joins Parle
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Parle is pleased to announce a new collaboration with well-known and published colored gemstone sales expert Jim Fiebig. This groundbreaking association will help retailers profit from passion for color. After a long career in retail jewelry, community service and buying gemstones abroad, Fiebig sold his successful store to help other retail jewelers realize the incredible potential for profit associated with increasing colored gemstone sales. More

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