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2011 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ — What are you going to enter this year?
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The American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards™ have become the benchmark for jewelry designers striving to gain recognition for their work using colored gemstones and pearls. Since its inception more than 25 years ago, the Spectrum Awards competition has launched trends, increased visibility for designer jewelry, and inspired great innovation in use of colored gemstones and other materials. More


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Retail-sales slump sidesteps luxury
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Retail sales slumped 1.2 percent last month, but that doesn't mean Neiman Marcus, Saks or Nordstrom noticed. One of the key takeaways from the Commerce Department's retail-sales report for May was that the luxury market was exempt from the woes that beset department stores. Estimated monthly sales at non-luxury department stores dropped 0.6 percent from a year earlier. Compare that to Neiman Marcus, which saw same-store sales jump 7.8 percent as part of an 8.8 percent overall improvement from last year. More

Blue beryl from a beautiful era
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The species beryl produces precious gems in bright colors that have wowed jewelry fans for centuries. Emerald, the verdant beryl, is treasured not only for its lively green hues but because so little of these stones emerge from mining without their identifying inclusions, making them all the more collectible. But the blue beryl variety, aquamarine, often boasts a clarity to flaunt. And its crystals, usually shaped in long tubular rough, can get massive. More

Bev Hori to head GIA Education
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As of June 21, Bev Hori, G.G., has assumed the role of vice president of Education and chief learning officer for the Gemological Institute of America. Hori, who was an instructor at GIA early in her career, has an extensive background in developing education and training programs for the gem and jewelry industry. "It is with distinct pleasure that I welcome Bev Hori to our team," said Donna Baker, GIA president and CEO. More

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Clinton: US to maintain pressure on Mugabe, Zimbabwe's diamonds
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In a statement that somewhat clarifies the U.S.'s position on diamond exports from Zimbabwe, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that President Robert Mugabe and a "ruling clique" are benefiting from diamonds while the people of Zimbabwe are suffering. "It's a very sobering situation," Clinton said in an answer to a question at a State Department seminar on Sub-Sahara Africa. "We are also looking to link democratic and economic performance by encouraging that the government be held accountable and working with those who are attempting to do so." More

Tiffany & Co. launches iPhone app for engagement rings
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The Tiffany luxury shopping experience has gone mobile with an iPhone app that features new ways to explore the world's most exquisite diamond engagement rings. As the premier jeweler for engagement, Tiffany takes its celebrated diamonds directly to the customer with the Tiffany & Co. Engagement Ring Finder. In response to a growing customer desire for mobile and interactive shopping, the app offers users the tools for selecting the perfect Tiffany diamond engagement ring, from viewing the range of styles to learning about the superior qualities of Tiffany diamonds. More

Wealthy investors increase jewelry spending
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Jewelry, gems and watches became the second largest "passion investment" category, overtaking art, for high net worth individuals in 2009, according to the 2010 World Wealth Report by Capgemini and Merrill Lynch. The 2008 financial crisis increased demand for more tangible assets that were expected to hold their long-term value, report authors found. More

South African jeweler Shimansky dazzles with World Cup bling
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South African jeweler Shimansky is getting its share of the focus brought to the country by the World Cup with a couple of dazzling projects. The jeweler recently showed off the world's most expensive tattoo. The tattoo is only temporary, made of 612 Shimansky Ideal Cut .5-carat diamonds applied to the skin using a water-based adhesive. South African model and Shimansky brand ambassador Minki van der Westhuizen wore the tattoo valued at $924,000. Should that not be enough to get your attention, the company also has unveiled a diamond soccer ball. The nearly 5-pound ball is covered in 6,620 white and 2,640 black round brilliant cut diamonds. More

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