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AGTA finalizes dates, location for AGTA GemFair™ at JCK Las Vegas Show
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AGTA has finalized its plans for the move of its AGTA GemFair™ at the JCK Las Vegas Show to the Mandalay Bay Hotel in 2011. GemFair will be open June 2 to 8, 2011, and will occupy the South Pacific and Islander ballrooms on the beach level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. "We are pleased with our new location in these state-of-the-art ballrooms," stated Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. "And along with opening the show a day early, as we traditionally have, we are also staying open one day later than the main JCK Show to accommodate exhibitors, designers and buyers who want to shop in the AGTA GemFair™." More

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Kim Kardashian's new earrings line
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Covet the large earrings that Kim Kardashian often wears? Now you can have your own. Kim Kardashian has been wearing Loren Jewels for a while and now Loren Ridinger, creator of Loren Jewels, and Kardashian are partnering to design an exclusive line of earrings to be called the "Kim Kollection." This 20-piece collection will incorporate diamonds, emeralds, rubies and other precious gems and metals. More

Serene blush of Morganite
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In another century far away on the island nation of Madagascar, the delicately tinted pink beryl was first discovered. Beryl is produced in a bouquet of fanciful hues, but this ethereal tint warranted a special name. George Frederick Kunz, called the father of modern gemology, bequeathed this charmer with the moniker of Morganite in a nod to his friend, American financier John Pierpont Morgan, himself a world class mineral collector. More

Forrester: If you think social media marketing is worthless, you're doing it wrong
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Has your company spent seemingly countless hours tweeting on Twitter, networking on Facebook, and writing the company blog? Have you found yourself wondering if it's all a waste of time? Maybe that last Facebook fan page contest saw fewer entries than you'd hoped for, or that last Twitter-only coupon had fewer redemptions than you'd expected, but perhaps that's not all that matters. According to the the latest report by analyst firm Forrester, many people are looking at the face-value dollars and cents of social media marketing and, put simply, they're doing it wrong. More

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Jewelry trend alert: Statement rings
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Fall jewelry trends for 2010 are starting to reveal themselves, and while layered chain necklaces and bangle stacks continue to shine bright, there's a fun new look that's sure to stir things up: statement rings. More than just a pretty cocktail piece, statement finger candy makes an entrance. Think Gaga, not girl-next-door. This fun style on Katerina Graham at the Teen Choice Awards is one shining example. More

Judge plans Bahia emerald trial for September
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A Los Angeles Superior Court judge postponed ruling on an ownership claim of the Bahia Emerald and set a trial date for Sept. 8. Anthony Thomas originally filed an ownership claim on the rough gemstone, but several parties claimed to own the 840-pound stone, which has been under lock and key with the Los Angeles police department since December. Judge John A. Kronstadt will hear the Thomas claim, as well as a separate claim by Mark Downie, as to the ownership on the morning of Sept. 8, and then he is expected to proceed with a bench trial and opening statements in the case. More

Naomi Campbell admits she was given blood diamonds
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Naomi Campbell, the model, admitted that she was given "dirty rocks" by the former Liberian ruler Charles Taylor as she gives evidence at his war crimes trial. She told the court she handed the gems to a colleague and told him to "do something good with them". She said she had wanted them to be donated to charity but added: "He still has them so they didn't benefit." The court was shown documents from the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund "categorically" stating that the charity had not received the diamonds, although records showed Campbell made cash donations to it in 1997 and 1998. More

Mia Farrow claims Naomi Campbell knew origins of 'dirty-looking stones'
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Actress Mia Farrow has disputed Naomi Campbell's claim that the supermodel did not know the origins of a diamond gift from former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Farrow testified at The Hague on Aug. 9 in the trial being conducted against Taylor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Taylor has been indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in supporting rebels during the civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone, which ended in 2002. More

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