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Visit AGTA Pavilion at JA New York Summer Show
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AGTA again will host a pavilion of colored gemstone and cultured pearl suppliers at the JA New York Summer Show from July 25 to 28. AGTA exhibitors have had a presence at the JA Show for more than 20 years. The AGTA Colored Gemstone and Cultured Pearl Pavilion provides buyers with the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of gemstones and pearls from the most respected dealers in the industry. Buyers can also shop with confidence knowing that all of their transactions with AGTA members are backed by the AGTA Code of Ethics. More


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Jewelry thieves target traveling salesmen
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It happened in an instant: The jewelry salesman stopped at a restaurant outside Columbus, Ohio, after attending a trade show and was sitting in his car in the parking lot when a vehicle pulled up behind him. Masked men jumped from the vehicle, shattered the salesman's driver-side window and held him while their accomplices smashed the back window and grabbed two suitcases containing gems worth $3.7 million. More

Jewelry trend alert: Think pink!
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Jewelry color trends come and go like Paris Hilton's sobriety. Last year, emerald green was all the rage after Angelina Jolie's opulent Oscar appearance and this year everything's coming up turquoise. But one shade is always in style, and it's the hue forever synonymous with all things female: pink. More

Strong US jewelry sales in May skips specialty jewelers
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Jewelry sales in the U.S. market strengthened during May, driven by Mother's Day demand. Mother's Day is one of the three key seasonal sales events for the U.S. jewelry industry. However, many specialty jewelers reported soft sales for the month, a surprise in the face of strong overall demand for jewelry. Unfortunately, consumers shopped for their Mother's Day jewelry purchases in multi-line merchants such as Wal-Mart, Kohl's, J.C. Penney and other non-traditional jewelry outlets. More

Lauren Conrad's black diamond ring
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Those glued to "The Hills" finale might have noticed Lauren Conrad's great style. The reality star turned clothing designer and author wore a gold-accented long sleeve minidress by Mandalay accented with an interesting piece of bling: a black diamond circle ring by Cheryl Lynn Greenspoon. Greenspoon launched Cheryl Lynn Jewelry LLC in 2007. She received her bachelor's degree in television production from Boston University but later decided that jewelry was the right path for her. So she headed to the Gemological Institute of America. More

This week, AGTA recommends:

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Russia debates selling diamond stockpile
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The Russian State Treasury may sell some of its diamond stock on the open market so that rough prices won't go up because of speculative demand and the shortage of rough. The two issues were debated during the 34th World Diamond Congress in Moscow. "The government of Russia decided to buy $1 billion of rough last year to support price stability, and based on this logic the government is planning its commercial strategy of selling of stocks from Gokhran," said Aleksey Kudrin, Russia's finance minister. More

Zircon to live for
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No you haven't seen it all yet, and here are a pair of pinkies to prove it. Just why do gemstone cutters get so fired up over finding that next great stone? Well, it's the color, sweetie. Trouble is, you never know what you have until you cut into one, or polish a window to get a better view inside that rough. What would you name these rosy-peachy-brownish-pink zircons? How about dreamy? That works. More

Study: Social media marketing reduces reputation crisis costs by 33%
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There are many ways to measure the ROI of social media marketing. One that Forrester, an independent research company, recommends in its new report "The ROI of Social Media Marketing" is the "risk management perspective" Essentially, how does a social media marketing initiative help to reduce the financial impact of a reputation management crisis? More

Mugabe: Diamonds can revive Zimbabwean economy
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Zimbabwe's president said July 13 his nation will sell its massive reserves of diamonds despite not receiving authorization from the world's diamond control body. A defiant President Robert Mugabe told lawmakers diamond sales have "huge potential" to revive the shattered economy. He said Zimbabwe can account for one-fourth of the world's diamond supply. The Kimberley Process diamond certification scheme has not authorized international sales amid allegations of killings, human rights violations and corruption in the massive diamond fields discovered in eastern Zimbabwe in 2006. More

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